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Jan 30, 2013 15:10 |  #1

Does anyone use a gun safe to store their photo equipment?

I'm going to be getting a gun safe soon and I might get a larger one to store my camera equipment as well (the expensive stuff, glass and bodies).

I'll be keeping humidity low so I thought it'd be perfect for camera equipment.

What'd'y'all think?


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Jan 30, 2013 15:19 |  #2

My gun safes (yes, plural) are too full of guns to hold cameras! Yes, I'm serious.

However, yes, a gun safe with a dessicant pack or golden rod is a good place to store cameras. As someone who has been through this process, buy a bigger safe than you think you'll ever need whether or not you put camera gear in it. They fill faster than you think.




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Jan 30, 2013 15:28 |  #3

leftnose wrote in post #15553090external link
My gun safes (yes, plural) are too full of guns to hold cameras! Yes, I'm serious.

However, yes, a gun safe with a dessicant pack or golden rod is a good place to store cameras. As someone who has been through this process, buy a bigger safe than you think you'll ever need whether or not you put camera gear in it. They fill faster than you think.

I agree with you about that. Though I'm having trouble finding enough space in my house for it. I was thinking about using a safe that I can put under my bed (i.e. a horizontal safe).


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Jan 30, 2013 16:53 |  #4

My old gun safe is no longer used for guns, it's now full of camera gear. Make up some shelves to fit and a gun safe is perfect.
I have been burgled 4 times - I still have all my important stuff. My Gun Safe has paid for itself many times over!


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Jan 30, 2013 17:41 as a reply to johnf3f's post |  #5

I've been using a FT Knox 1200 for years for cameras. Its big heavy and tough, still its only a UL Listed Class B security container (as are all gun safes) but it sure keep everyone out, especially the kids....

Well worth it Get the biggest one you can find.... Easy to move too once you know how.

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Jan 30, 2013 19:01 |  #6

Everybody always says get a bigger safe than you think you'll need, otherwise you're just going to end up with multiple safes.


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Jan 30, 2013 22:08 as a reply to spyderpig's post |  #7

A gun safe is a great way to go. A Golden Rod or enough dessicant to control humidity and a shelf configuration designed for your needs will serve you well.
Though my gear is insured I'd rather not got through the hassle of a claim and replacement so the safe works for me.
...and yes, like garages they are never big enough.

Costco recently had a moderately sized safe for a reasonable price.




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Jan 30, 2013 22:28 |  #8

Yes sometimes, more than gear I store media cards, discs,small prints,back up hard drive and guns. Check it often, never a problem with moisture and live where humidity is very high,use a large desiccant pack in mine. Buying a large one is great advice. Would store my gear in it more often if I were not using it.


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Jan 31, 2013 09:48 |  #9

A gun safe should work very well. Just remember to bolt it to the floor. Some are small and lite enough for a person to just use a handcart and wheel it away, you know like a small refrigerator. I have several bolted to the basement floor.

Also, try to place the safe where it is surrounded by objects preventing access to the side walls. That's the weakest point of most models.

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+1 for golden rods to control humidity. I have one that has been working since 1992 and still going strong in a 50 cubic foot 72Hx42Wx28D model.

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Jan 31, 2013 10:03 |  #10

Looking at your gear list, I would say you're better off insuring your stuff then you are getting a safe. It should only cost you $5 to $8 a month, and it will also cover your stuff when you're out.

Leave it in a cab, and you're covered. Gun Safe won't help you there.


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Jan 31, 2013 10:07 |  #11

mafoo wrote in post #15555860external link
Looking at your gear list, I would say you're better off insuring your stuff then you are getting a safe. It should only cost you $5 to $8 a month, and it will also cover your stuff when you're out.

Leave it in a cab, and you're covered. Gun Safe won't help you there.

This will be in addition to insurance.


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Jan 31, 2013 10:10 |  #12

klimraamkosie wrote in post #15555877external link
This will be in addition to insurance.

Oh, ok :)


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Jan 31, 2013 15:09 |  #13

mafoo wrote in post #15555883external link
Oh, ok :)

The reason I'm considering a gun safe is for guns. I may get a larger one for the camera equipment. That's the reason for the question.


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Jan 31, 2013 16:14 |  #14

klimraamkosie wrote in post #15556955external link
The reason I'm considering a gun safe is for guns. I may get a larger one for the camera equipment. That's the reason for the question.

That makes more sense.

If I was going to get a gun safe, I would get one large enough to hold all my valuable possessions as well.


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Jan 31, 2013 16:21 |  #15

I got a bigger one than I thought I needed and now it is full. Get the big model and then get a bigger model instead. I can't fit my camera gear in mine.


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