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How to keep fungus out of camera/lens while in a tropical country?

 
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Jul 18, 2013 10:10 |  #1

I'm currently 1.5 weeks into a 5 week stay in the Dominican Republic. I'm not staying in a resort, but at a cocoa farm. Obviously, because the DR is a tropical country, its very very humid here and it rains a LOT (3 times a day at least!) In the frenzy to get get ready to leave, I forgot about the complications that come with camera gear and high humidity. None of my gear has any issues, but I was wondering if there is any preventive maintenance I can do while down here? Also, since my 100mm macro L lens is "sealed" should it be safe from fungus?

The only cleaning stuff I have with me is a lens pen, and some sensor swabs.


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Jul 18, 2013 11:13 |  #2

The main thing to avoid would be rapid temperature changes. Going hot to cold causes external moisture while the opposite, say going from an air conditioned car to the outdoors causes internal moisture, the more critical of the two situations. Anything you can do to slow down the process helps, example keeping the camera in a sealed bag going from one extreme to another.

Houston TX and New Orleans LA are probably not unlike your environment, yet cameras survive.




  
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Jul 20, 2013 04:21 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #3

Five weeks isn't really long enough to be a problem but I would certainly echo the above advise. Especially when going from cold (inside) to hot/humid put the camera in a big ziplock bag, suck out the air and seal it. Let it warm up for half an hour or more before taking it out of the bag.


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Jul 20, 2013 05:19 |  #4

If you use your gear, you'll be fine. If you're storing it in a dark, humid place for 5 weeks, you may need to take measures.

If you're really paranoid, just throw a few packets of silica gel inn your bag.

Weather sealing doesn't really stop fungus.


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Jul 20, 2013 06:03 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #5

Sorry to bear bad news. My sister has a house in St. Lucia and I prefer Barbados.
Summer there is humid season.
Keep it in clear plastic where sunlight can get at it all the time. Not under the sun so it gets red hot lol.

Personally I would not take my best camera or lens to the Caribbean; and especially in Summer. Dec to March is OK.

Best advise, relegate that stuff to beach camera gear and keep it separate from any new stuff.

Info Based on throwing £000's worth of gear in the bin even the bags . Its infectious.
Move even an L series zoom quickly you can hear the air move - ooops fungus can get in.

Shame about the 100mm F2.8 Macro? 3 weeks is enough BTW.
Wipe it off dry it and put it away every day.
on the other hand if one doesn't take gear to the tropics you miss great shots. I just can't afford to write off £6K for 2 week hols. SO will buy another 7DII and a 100mm F2.8 L for the beach. and keep them separate and a 430EX II


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Jul 20, 2013 06:18 as a reply to  @ Submariner's post |  #6

You don't have to be in a tropic location to get fungus problems....case in point....

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Jul 20, 2013 06:55 |  #7

Sealable bag filled with rice... or silica gel.


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Jul 20, 2013 07:01 |  #8

Kolor-Pikker wrote in post #16137027 (external link)
Sealable bag filled with rice... or silica gel.

Trust me, that is really not necessary, especially for such a short trip... Hong Kong is just as humid and I've never had to stuff my gear in a bag of rice (of which we have plenty).


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Jul 20, 2013 07:02 |  #9

Sirrith wrote in post #16137038 (external link)
Trust me, that is really not necessary, especially for such a short trip... Hong Kong is just as humid and I've never had to stuff my gear in a bag of rice (of which we have plenty).

Yeah, it's probably more important for leaving your stuff at home while away for a couple of months.


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Jul 20, 2013 07:33 |  #10

Sirrith wrote in post #16137038 (external link)
Trust me, that is really not necessary, especially for such a short trip... Hong Kong is just as humid and I've never had to stuff my gear in a bag of rice (of which we have plenty).

this ++

I live in Bangkok and never have problems. ever. (I do store my stuff in a dry case, but it's more about dust than fungus). Fungus does happen, but not in that short time frame, and even then it's not easy to get.

Just use it. Don't try to seal it or do any of the other pedantic stuff. In fact, sealing is probably worse as the 3 things you need to get fungus is lack of air circulation, dark, and humid.


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Jul 20, 2013 08:40 |  #11

I live in the Caribbean and no problems at all with my Gear , just use common sense with how you handle your gear and as said above going from a A/C room to outside I keep things in my bag until temps equalize .

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Jul 20, 2013 09:16 |  #12

Folks make it like no one in tropical places owns/uses a camera. Just use your gear as it is meant to be.


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Jul 20, 2013 12:37 |  #13

Alright, thanks for the confirmation. Just wasn't sure if there was something extra that I needed to do. ;)


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Jul 20, 2013 21:31 as a reply to  @ Insecto's post |  #14

You shouldn't have any problems with fungus during such a short stay. I've been living in Laos since 2007 and only one lens I've got has a tiny bit of fungus. This lens is nine years old. I've also taken my gear into some pretty remote and 'hostile' environments.

Everything else is squeaky clean.


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Jul 20, 2013 21:51 |  #15

I live in the tropics. No issues. You wont have any problems.


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