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Storing Your Gear. Display or packed away?

 
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Jan 09, 2015 13:33 |  #31

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I have my studio in what used to be a home theater room. The previous owner had a cabinet with a glass door for all the a/v equipment. I turned that into my photo gear storage/display and have everything but my lights which I leave up in there.

My day to day gear is in my bag which gets stored on a shelf in the display case. I really do need to organize the display case better for display and find a few small bins to put chargers and batteries, spare cords etc... in to make it look neater.

Something like this should work well for that.

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Obviously, I don't think you'll need 4 though.


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Jan 09, 2015 13:38 as a reply to  @ njstacker22's post |  #32

We actually have a couple of those laying around I just hate the way they look and don't think I need anything quite that large.

I figured I would get a couple of small open top bins and organize by type batteries, chargers, cords etc..


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Jan 09, 2015 20:21 |  #33

Pelican cases and out of sight but that's for security.
One day I'll have a strong room/man cave, current man cave is not secure enough, I will have a lot of stuff just on shelves which you could say is on display but really just for me.

I think the big white L's with a 1D body attached look very cool :)


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Jan 09, 2015 20:57 |  #34

My Camera Bodies and Lenses go in the Safe, that is after a hard learned lesson...............


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Jan 10, 2015 00:40 |  #35

Thread Starter, I never attempted to tell you that you, or any of your ideas, were dumb. I may have derogatory things to say about something, but that does not necessarily mean that I am specifically saying that they are "dumb". Just because I think that a viewpoint (or idea) is wrong does not mean that I think it is dumb. "Dumb" and "wrong" are different things. Please do not ever put words in my mouth (or in my keyboard, as is the case here).


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Jan 10, 2015 08:27 |  #36

This is how I store everything except light stands. I'm working on a rolling cart for those.


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I'm surprised at the number of people who have a safe. I don't have much confidence in the value of a safe (especially "gun safes") knowing how easy it is to get into most of them (unless they are rated TL-15 or better). If they are not backed up by a monitored alarm system, they are a speed bump to a determined thief. OTOH, most residential thieves are interested only in quick grabs, so they can help. I'll let the insurance company cover any losses.



  
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Jan 10, 2015 10:28 |  #37

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I'm surprised at the number of people who have a safe. I don't have much confidence in the value of a safe (especially "gun safes") knowing how easy it is to get into most of them (unless they are rated TL-15 or better). If they are not backed up by a monitored alarm system, they are a speed bump to a determined thief. OTOH, most residential thieves are interested only in quick grabs, so they can help. I'll let the insurance company cover any losses.

Most of the burglaries I hear about in this town are quick kick-in-the-door grab-and-run types. The thieves wouldn't take the time to try to open a safe of any type. Yeah, if you're home they'll make you open it, but usually that's not the case. That being said, my safe is too small, and contains mainly jewelry, important papers, cash, a gun or two, and bonds. My camera gear is relegated to a couple drawers in a dresser, except my tripods, monopod, light-stands and umbrellas, which are in my closet or just leaning against a desk or dresser. I wouldn't mind having a secure place for my gear.


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Jan 12, 2015 01:50 |  #38

I have some of my gear in backpacks and camera bags. Don´t like that too much because of probably higher fungus risk (not much air exchange).
Other things are in a big shelf. Some of the gear I bought for tinkering is in a cupboard or in the workshop - but in reality most of my gear is for tinkering.
At the moment there are ~10 bigger DIY lenses on the floor. Some of the more expensive lenses are stored not at my home.
Furthermore I lend some lenses to friends, like my loved Rokkor 58mm/1.2 and a Petzval at the moment :-/


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Jan 12, 2015 08:55 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #39

I completely agree with this. I would also love to store my gear in a safe but I can't justify spending a ton of money for a huge stand up safe. I have a small floor safe for what I need and certainly couldn't fit all my camera gear (maybe one 50mm).


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Jan 12, 2015 10:17 |  #40

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I have some of my gear in backpacks and camera bags. Don´t like that too much because of probably higher fungus risk (not much air exchange).

Fungi like moisture. You can discourage them by adding desiccant packets.


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Jan 12, 2015 10:48 |  #41

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Fungi like moisture. You can discourage them by adding desiccant packets.

Only useful if the desiccant is fresh and if if desiccant + gear are in sealed containers.


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Jan 12, 2015 10:52 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #42

So would they do no good in a bag?


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Jan 12, 2015 12:24 |  #43

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So would they do no good in a bag?

Should be fine if the bag is sealed.

The best is indicating silica gel, which changes color (or part of it does) to let you know it is spent.

Those small bags that come with new shoes or cameras are probably spent or nearly so when you get them. The problem is there's no easy way to tell.

If your home is humid, I would look for other ways to store gear - like a (mildly) heated cabinet, or use of a dehumidifier.


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Jan 13, 2015 19:59 |  #44

The 1d mkii with my 17-40 L usually stays out, the rest of my stuff stays tucked away in the bag ready to transport.


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Jan 14, 2015 16:34 |  #45

I keep my regularly used stuff in a LowePro 400AW. When ever I get back from a shoot I give everything a clean, charge, empty cards & backup files etc, then pack it all back in to the bag so it's ready to grab'n'go as I'm heading out the door. I bought a larger roller bag with the intention of unloading into that between going out on shoots, but I've gotten lazy so it stays mostly empty with only my not-so-used and yet-to-sell equipment. Monopod & tripod stay in the car at all times, ocky-strapped into the corner of the boot so they are out of the way and don't slide around.


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