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Jun 22, 2012 21:54 |  #1

- hi everyone . I have a question and need your help :

- I lived in CA and I read a lot of problem about humid can kill camera lens . I always leave my gear in camera bag . I'm thinking about buy dry cabinet . I have 1 DSLR camera and few lenses . So do I need dry box or cabinet ?

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Jun 22, 2012 22:02 |  #2

I live in southern louisiana and have no problems. My dad has old pentax and tamron lenses from the 80s that have been here that have no problems. Our humidity routinely reaches 80-100%.

I personally don't think you need anything. You aren't going to take pictures in a dry cabinet, so the camera gear is going to be in the humidity at some point anyway.


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Jun 22, 2012 23:32 |  #3

just be sure to use em regularly and they should be fine. if you feel iffy about it put some silica gel in the bag.


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Jun 23, 2012 00:44 |  #4

No need to buy a dry cabinet, weather in CA is rarely humid. Even in San Francisco/Daly City it's okay. As long you use it often. I just came back from Hong Kong not long ago, humidity was at 95%. My gear operated with no problems. But I did see they sell electric dry cabinets which was pretty cool, looks like one of those wine coolers.


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Jun 23, 2012 01:18 |  #5

Yeah , it look like wine cabinet , saw in eBay around 200$ . I read in somewhere , they said : the right humid for Camera around 40-45' . And I check humid today in weather Chanel : 75' . That's why I have a little nervous




  
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Jun 23, 2012 05:23 |  #6

Lots of lenses succumb to fungus each year. It is a real problem.


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Jun 23, 2012 09:22 |  #7

Weather reports give outside humidity. Do you air-condition your residence? Because that will lower the humidity inside. Since your gear's mostly inside being stored, that will help keep fungus from getting started. 40-45% humidity may be the ideal, but I wouldn't worry too much about sustained humidity up around 75% unless it's combined with temperatures much above 80.


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Jun 23, 2012 16:40 |  #8

Even photographers in the U.K have problems with lens fungus.

It's a real problem, as can be seen by nearly every second hand lens for sale always makes note if the lens is free of fungus or mould.

It only takes one spore (and the air is full of spores) and the right conditions for 48 hours and a lens can become "infected". Then everytime the right conditions happen again, the fungus will advance a little more. It can be dormant for years, as soon as the right conditions are present it will grow again.


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Jun 23, 2012 17:55 as a reply to  @ Bear Dale's post |  #9

When I was a photographer in Vietnam, I kept my gear in a locker that had a 40 watt bulb which I kept burning 24/7. I never had fungus problems.

However, I have never used any special storage like that anywhere else.

I think that older lenses used a cement that was more vulnerable to fungus growth than modern cements.

There was another problem in the old days - some photographers used and stored their gear in leather cases which compounded the fungus problem...


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Jun 24, 2012 06:09 |  #10

Many homes have mould and mildew problems... if you've spent a considerable amount on your gear, then at a fraction of the cost of your investment a dry cabinet is a no brainer IMO.


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Jun 24, 2012 11:15 as a reply to  @ Rai33's post |  #11

After living most of my life in Florida, I have seen many lenses with fungus and have lost a few of my own. Nowadays I keep all of my gear in Pelican cases with plenty of silica gel and don't worry about it anymore.

IMO the worst place to store your lenses is in a dark camera bag with no air circulation.


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Jun 24, 2012 15:59 |  #12

That's is big problem . I just found this one , cheap and place it in your camera bag directly

http://www.silicagelpa​ckets.com …el-aluminum-canister.html (external link)




  
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Jun 24, 2012 16:15 as a reply to  @ EricNguyen's post |  #13

Here's a cheaper price. (external link)

Unless its in a airtight container it will become saturated very quick.


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Jun 24, 2012 16:25 |  #14

Thank David , I was using Manfrotto Unica VII . How many selica box ( your link ) do I need ?




  
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Jun 24, 2012 16:38 |  #15

I have four in my pelican 1614


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