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Is there a mould/fungus resistant bag?

 
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Jan 01, 2012 02:33 |  #1

I bought a cheapo lowepro bag when i got my camera a year ago. Now its getting mould or fungus growing on it and everytime i brush it off, it grows back within days. Now the stuff seems to have spread to my lens front element.
Is there any bags out there that mould/fungus cant grow on? I have to now keep my camera out of the bag until i can get a better one.


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Jan 01, 2012 10:48 |  #2

No. Especially in humid environs like you're in. Might as well junk that bag now - the mold/fungus has got a good foothold by now. Get a Dry Box of some kind (or maybe a Pelican case large enough to hold your gear in the new bag and a good sized container of rechargeable dessicant) if you aren't in heavily air-conditioned accommodations.


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Jan 01, 2012 10:52 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #3

Also think of buying a lot of those silicate drygel bags (small bags) to throw in and help.

I wonder if you threw the existing bag in the wash a few times if that would help -with a good hot drying?


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Jan 01, 2012 10:55 |  #4

Spores can take a lot of extreme conditions. They'd probably tolerate harsh detergents/bleaches/he​at better than the bag would.


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Jan 01, 2012 18:08 |  #5

Junk the bag. I am wondering how you treat your bag that it got such bad mold growth? Hopefully the affected lenses will clean up, and hopefully the mold spores havent gotten inside the lens or inside the camera body.


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Jan 02, 2012 09:44 |  #6

They make a product that will kill mold and prevent it from growing again. Not sure if you will find it where you are at. It works great i had a huge problem in my bathroom ceiling used this product and its has not come back in over a year.


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Jan 02, 2012 10:03 |  #7

Is it possible for you to junk the infested bag and order a large ziploc bag to put the whole new bag and gear in for home storage? I bought a bunch of these

http://www.amazon.com …ords=large+zipl​oc&x=0&y=0 (external link)

pick the one you need for the size. I put my gear in one or two of these when I am out in bad conditions. They are long lasting and if you can put some silicate drygel pouches in the ziploc with the gear, that should be enough. Just suck out the air in the bag with a straw when the bag is 95% closed is the key to success.


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Jan 02, 2012 10:29 |  #8

zrock wrote in post #13633568 (external link)
They make a product that will kill mold and prevent it from growing again. Not sure if you will find it where you are at. It works great i had a huge problem in my bathroom ceiling used this product and its has not come back in over a year.

I'd worry about the effect it might have on the camera's mechanical and electronic elements . . . Look at the ingredients or any handling precautions before getting it near your equipment.


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Jan 02, 2012 10:32 |  #9

Thanks for all the advice. I made another topic about dry boxes but nobody answered it yet. Maybe i can ask the same question here.
i have already ditched the bag and having a new one delivered to myself. I also ordered some silica gel that indicates by colour when it needs to be replaced. I plan to buy an air tight tupparware container to keep everything inside. Now the question is: will this stop the mould from spreading thats already inside the lens? Its on the inside of the front element glass and looks like a small spiderweb like scratch from the inside of the glass. Its very small, only around 2mm diameter and on the edge so its not affecting my images, but can the makeshift drybox stop it from getting any more worse? If i can atleast keep it where it is without any further degradation, it will be fine.


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Jan 02, 2012 10:35 |  #10

It might control it, if you're able to keep the humidity and temperature low (20-23C and 30-40% humidity would be good) and keep the gear in the sealed environment better than 90% of the time. You might want to price getting the lens cleaned though.


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Jan 02, 2012 10:36 |  #11

Get the lens cleaned as suggested above. I don't like the idea of anything "growing" in the lens no matter what the conditions are for storage. You can activate growth when you take it out anywhere.


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