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Sep 30, 2013 21:17 |  #1

I know dampness can cause this, but what steps should be taken in order to avoid fungus altogether? What steps do you take? Also, how do you avoid oil on the aperture blades?


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Oct 01, 2013 01:36 |  #2

I always keep several silica gel packets in my bag. IDK if that eliminates the problem, but its advice my dad gave me and it makes sense to me ;)


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Oct 01, 2013 03:56 as a reply to  @ EverydayGetaway's post |  #3

I do store my gear most time more or less open in the room. And try to have there normal humidity bellow 60% relative.

I avoid to use nearly airthight trunks or bags. Without air flow humidity most likely stays in the lens - and fungus probably starts to grow.
I open my photo bags zip if possible when I am at home.

In my opinon silica gel packets are good for really airthight storage, but not for a bag which is opened and closed often - abd probably not 100% airthight. Or you need to refresh / change the silica gel as soon as it is "full".


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Oct 01, 2013 06:06 |  #4

I have all my stuff in a drawer in my bedroom that is set aside for camera gear. I've not really had this problem over the years. Now I'm skeered. I also avoid shooting in damp or wet conditions. Should I buy desiccant packs and stick them everywhere?


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Oct 01, 2013 07:28 |  #5

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I have all my stuff in a drawer in my bedroom that is set aside for camera gear. I've not really had this problem over the years. Now I'm skeered. I also avoid shooting in damp or wet conditions. Should I buy desiccant packs and stick them everywhere?

do you live in a place like Arizona or more like Louisiana?

is your gear in a below grade basement or in a central room with heating and air conditioning?

do you like to open your windows at night?

this time of year (in NC) i rarely use my heat or A/C so I make sure to run a dehumidifier in the basement (where my office and gear stays) even though i do have heat and A/C down here.

I bought a cheap weather station thing that reads the inside and outside humidity, temp etc. After not running the heat or A/C for a couple of weeks, the humidity down here is creeping up on 60 percent. Time to run the dehumidifier.


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Oct 01, 2013 10:53 |  #6

I live in ny.


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Oct 01, 2013 13:10 |  #7

Frodge wrote in post #16338240 (external link)
I live in ny.

so i would imagine that during the summer you probably have higher humidity in your house due to little use of central air, and in the winter it's like a tinderbox waiting for someone to drag their feet across the carpet and start a blaze with the static shock between their pinky finger and the door knob.


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Oct 01, 2013 14:04 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #8

A envelope of white or brown rice will draw the moisture out of the air.
same as kitty litter or diatomaceous earth . This might be a thought if you had your gear in a pelican case.

FYI it doesn't work if you put the rice or the diatomaceous earth in a plastic bag.bw!

Gun safe with a dehumidifier would work

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Oct 03, 2013 11:22 |  #9

Buy a humidity meter inside a glass case (to allow sunlight thru). Keep humidity within >20% and <40%. Control that using a anti-fungus resistance heater device. There ARE fungus that grow in less than 20% humidity!


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Oct 03, 2013 12:08 |  #10

hes gone wrote in post #16338569 (external link)
=he's gone;16338569]so i would imagine that during the summer you probably have higher humidity in your house due to little use of central air, and in the winter it's like a tinderbox waiting for someone to drag their feet across the carpet and start a blaze with the static shock between their pinky finger and the door knob.

I can't even pet my cat in the winter time here in WI.


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Oct 03, 2013 20:09 |  #11

Buy a dry cabinet.




  
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Oct 04, 2013 09:04 |  #12

farmer1957 wrote in post #16338692 (external link)
A envelope of white or brown rice will draw the moisture out of the air.
same as kitty litter or diatomaceous earth . This might be a thought if you had your gear in a pelican case.

FYI it doesn't work if you put the rice or the diatomaceous earth in a plastic bag.bw!

Gun safe with a dehumidifier would work

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Part of my standard kit is a rice bag that I use to hold my camera or other equipment in place for some situations. Big bag of rice (bag made of old blue jeans) just sitting in the camera drawer full time.


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