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Oct 16, 2013 13:49 |  #1

I have a drawer dedicated to all my gear. I was in the habit of putting most of my lenses back in the boxes after use if they weren't lenses that were use a lot. I find this annoying in the sense that it becomes a real pain and disincentive to use them. I would like to lay them all out in my drawer so I can easily pick an choose as I want. My question is if its ok to lie a t-shirt on the bottom of the drawer, or if not, what is the best thing to put down? Also, can you throw a little cotton cloth over the top of all te lenses to avoid dust buildup or is there a better alternative? Or is it just a better idea to put them back in the original boxes as i ive been doing all along?


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Oct 16, 2013 14:23 |  #2

NEITHER.

Put all of your lenses and camera into a good quality padded camera case that you can pick up and go with.

If you have too many lenses to carry them all at once, simply put the extras vertically on a conventional flat shelf or laid down sideways in the drawer with the supplied caps on both ends of the stored lenses. No padding should be necessary but a terrycloth towel would be what I would choose if I felt that padding was needed. Dust never hurt a lens' exterior, so you don't need to be worried about covering the stored equipment. Simply blow off the dust if any finds its way to the equipment.


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Oct 16, 2013 14:26 |  #3

It's a wooden drawer. So probably need something like a cloth underneath just to keep from rolling about and knocking. I would think to throw something over them to prevent dust buildup?


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Oct 16, 2013 14:32 |  #4

Frodge wrote in post #16376068 (external link)
It's a wooden drawer. So probably need something like a cloth underneath just to keep from rolling about and knocking. I would think to throw something over them to prevent dust buildup?

Put a towel on the drawer bottom. Put caps on both ends of the lenses (and on your camera body unless you have a lens mounted). Put your equipment on the towel. Close the drawer. It's that simple. ;)

Having lenses and even a body bump into each other in that sort of storage situation is totally a non-issue. These things are tools, not precious treasures.


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Oct 16, 2013 14:33 |  #5

Frodge wrote in post #16375997 (external link)
I have a drawer dedicated to all my gear. I was in the habit of putting most of my lenses back in the boxes after use if they weren't lenses that were use a lot. I find this annoying in the sense that it becomes a real pain and disincentive to use them. I would like to lay them all out in my drawer so I can easily pick an choose as I want. My question is if its ok to lie a t-shirt on the bottom of the drawer, or if not, what is the best thing to put down? Also, can you throw a little cotton cloth over the top of all te lenses to avoid dust buildup or is there a better alternative? Or is it just a better idea to put them back in the original boxes as i ive been doing all along?

I think you are being a 'little' too overprotective of your lenses... ease up a bit... lol. I use two drawers in a filling cabinet to keep my overflow gear. I put a sponge on the bottom and sides of one of the draws. The draw with the sponge, I drop anything in there, lenses, bodies, flashes, etc. The other drawer, I put my lens bags, and I can put lenses in it in the Canon lens bags. I use foam similar to pelican foam. You can get some cheap foam by using bed mattress cover foam.

I now keep most of my gear in my Pelican case, however, I have about 5 different other camera bags and use each for different venues. When I return home, I sometimes stick them in the drawer, or file them back into my Pelican case.

If the lens is in the drawer, there very low chances of dust getting in there. No need to cover them. I used to be 'overprotective' as well, but I found that it hinders my photography, so I eased up a bit and became more relaxed.


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Oct 16, 2013 14:36 |  #6

I use extra camera bags that I have anyway.

Putting them back into the boxes will only lead to one thing: dropped lenses. Not much of a good thing.

Cloths like T-shirts are bad because they lose fibers all the time.


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Oct 16, 2013 14:37 |  #7

I agree with the overprotective part. My concern is really dust accumulation on the lenses. They're all capped. Right now I have a t-shirt lining the bottom and a little cotton baby blanket over them just to keep clean. I wish I could just find myself a couple drawstring pouches to put them in. Need one for Tokina 12-24 and one for a tamron 70-300vc. The rest of my lenses are in Lowe pro lens packs.


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Oct 16, 2013 14:46 as a reply to  @ professorman's post |  #8

Here's a different option for you.

http://www.amazon.com …s=pelican+padde​d+dividers (external link)

This is the padded divider that comes with the Pelican 1510 case. You could purchase the padded divider to place in the drawer which comes with a padded foam top for $65.00 via Amazon. This will hold 2 camera bodies and @ 4-6 lenses with one being a 70-200 size.

Don't know your budget, but this is an option. You could always splurge on the 1514 for @ $160 that would include a carry-on size case.


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Oct 16, 2013 14:50 |  #9

Frodge wrote in post #16376091 (external link)
My concern is really dust accumulation on the lenses.

Dust on the outside of a lens never does anything negative or harmful to the lens and certainly won't affect images. I've had mud spatters on the outsides of my lenses and the camera when photographing motocross racing from trackside many years ago and I still have the cameras and lenses which are in perfect operating condition. I bought the equipment I'm referring to in 1967.


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Oct 16, 2013 15:01 |  #10

Would there w any harm in lying a cloth over the top?


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Oct 16, 2013 15:09 as a reply to  @ Frodge's post |  #11

Not a bit, depending on where you live.


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Oct 16, 2013 15:10 |  #12

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Oct 16, 2013 15:21 as a reply to  @ Frodge's post |  #13

Your good. If you lived somewhere that was high humidity, and no A/C the dampness could be a problem.


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Oct 16, 2013 16:43 |  #14

At home I store mine in a Pelican 1624 case and have for years. IMO thats the best way to do it. You can see my review of it here: LINK


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Oct 16, 2013 16:47 |  #15

I would love to do that. Funds don't allow it right now. Unfortunately.


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