What will it take for you to make sure you kit works correctly?
Your camera is your tool of trade. Your weapon, if you choose, to make a living. It is thus, imperative that you take good care of it. Just like any sportsperson, or a soldier or a machinist, taking take of your equipment is of paramount importance. The last thing that you would want is your equipment to malfunction or stop functioning in the middle of a shoot. There are some equipment which are built like tank. The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED for example. They can take a bit of abuse now and then. But not all cameras and lenses are built like tanks. You have to take a bit of care for them.
Long story short, you have to take care of your equipment. But how would you do it? Let's talk about the camera first. The first thing that affects your camera is dust. It is everywhere. Every time you pull your camera out of your bag you expose it to dust. The dust settles down on your camera body, lens mount and everywhere else. Every time you change your lens that dust gets inside your camera and the worst possible place of all – the sensor.
Cleaning your camera is very easy. All you need to do is use a soft dry piece of cloth and give it a good wipe. Any dust inside the camera wouldn’t be too much of a problem on a day to day basis except for any dust on the sensor. To clean the sensor the simplest of techniques is to use the built-in sensor cleaning mechanism. Micro movements inside the camera will remove any dust particles on the sensor. If that does not remove all the dust use a small hand blower and gently blow air to the inside of the camera (aiming the sensor). For deeper cleaning of more stubborn dirt you may have to send the camera to the service center.