I recently bought myself a shiny new DSLR camera. Before I can use it, I had to do something kind of terrifying: mount the lens.
Now of course, half the advantage of SLR cameras is that the lenses are interchangeable. But sitting there holding an extremely expensive brand new camera and staring into its bare innards, I'm just terrified that if I make one wrong move, a hair or a piece of dust could fall in there, and then the camera will be irreparably damaged and I'll never be able to use it again.
This might sound like a stupid question, but… is it actually “safe” to change the lens on the camera? Is this likely to destroy it?
(Obviously it goes without saying that you should limit the time spent with no lens attached to the minimum number of seconds possible. But even if you have lightning fingers, the camera will still be lenseless for some number of seconds. And it's not like I'm standing in a class 100 cleanroom here! Besides, you don't want to be too rough with the delicate lens mounting either…)