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    Default Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    Is it advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinet for long time.
    Will the PCB or the IC be too dry and cause the camera to spoilt?

    Keeping the lens in the dry cabinet for too long will cause the rubber to have some white stuff.
    not sure do you guys also keep camera body inside?
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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    Quote Originally Posted by foreverlate View Post
    Is it advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinet for long time.
    Will the PCB or the IC be too dry and cause the camera to spoilt?

    Keeping the lens in the dry cabinet for too long will cause the rubber to have some white stuff.
    not sure do you guys also keep camera body inside?
    As oppose to keeping it where or in what manner of constant upkeep to maintain it's condition?

    You should be asking why people choose to invest and use a dry cabinet. It's all for the same reason we have one for DSLR, lens and yes mirrorless too. The internet at your finger tip is full of information on this topic like this.

    http://www.digihub.com.sg/faqs.html
    https://contrastly.com/photo-gear-dry-box/
    http://eurekadrytech.com/cameras-and-equipment-storage

    I have yet to have white stuff grow on my cameras in cabinet before. You suffer that or you just heard about it?
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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    general guide lines is to store it at half the camera's recommend operating humility.
    So the humility level of art 35-45% sold be fine.

    If you store it at too low a humility the oil in the camera will dry up faster and rubber will harden.

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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    Quote Originally Posted by foreverlate View Post
    Is it advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinet for long time.
    Will the PCB or the IC be too dry and cause the camera to spoilt?

    Keeping the lens in the dry cabinet for too long will cause the rubber to have some white stuff.
    not sure do you guys also keep camera body inside?
    Where in the world did you get these ideas? PCBs and ICs? They'll be happy even in a vacuum!

    Most of the concern over humidity is mould and fungus on the optics. I don't think the 'White stuff' on the rubber is likely to be mould. Maybe salt from sweaty hands?

    And yes, my bodies go in the dry cabinet if not in use. They have optical assemblies too.

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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    Quote Originally Posted by DSolZ View Post
    general guide lines is to store it at half the camera's recommend operating humility.
    So the humility level of art 35-45% sold be fine.

    If you store it at too low a humility the oil in the camera will dry up faster and rubber will harden.

    "Humidity" dude.

    And the myth of oil/lubricant drying up is bogus. It's been discussed in CS before. Lubricants generally evaporate very slowly, more quickly at high temperatures and low atmospheric pressures (NOT low humidity)
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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    just bring it out and show it some love and sunshine, shoot a little once in a while

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    It wouldn't matter, although I think it'd prefer to spend more time outside, and not in a dry cabinet.
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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    All answers so far are partly right.The main reason to use dry cabinets are fungi prevention because it's humid here.The use of dry cabinets here seem mandatory and I would agree but the most surprising thing is I have met
    someone who does not use dry cabs at all for his photographic equipment.His way is to use a plastic box and silica gel to absorb moisture and he has never experienced fungi attacks, go figure.You may say eventually he will..it's already been years.

    Another thing I like to point out is cameras are also electronic they have electronic components and given their
    minature sizes over time the copper connections and electrical connectors may oxidise so good electrical contact may
    be a problem.But the number one possibility of keeping electronics unused for a long time is that the electrolytic
    capacitors being of a chemical nature as they need a film of oxide to form in order to function so it is neccessary
    to power them up for the capacitors to reform this chemical layer.Failing which can cause circuits not to work and therefore a dead camera.Such is life and reality it's no magic but science.So power them up once in a while on a regular basis.Everything needs maintenance just like our mrt system..haha.

    Lastly rubber parts may be chemically unstable in the long run as manufacturers think short term rather than
    think long term for customers benefit.I'm sure those cameras that have a layer of rubber to prevent being slippery
    turning to a sticky mess over time so don't be surprised if that happens.
    Last edited by one eye jack; 1st January 2016 at 12:12 AM.

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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    Brings to mind a phrase, I think it was catchlights who said it, "Your camera is not made of tofu".

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    Default Re: Advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinate.

    Quote Originally Posted by foreverlate View Post
    Is it advisable to keep mirrorless camera in dry cabinet for long time.
    Will the PCB or the IC be too dry and cause the camera to spoilt?

    Keeping the lens in the dry cabinet for too long will cause the rubber to have some white stuff.
    not sure do you guys also keep camera body inside?
    I purposely bought a big dry cabinet so i could throw everything in there. (SD cards, battery, lens, body, caps, cleaning kit, instax.. instax printer... etc etc)
    Yes. I keep my lens n camera body inside too..
    I believe many folks would keep their equipment in dry cabinet as well.. when not in use.

    so far.. so good.. nothing happens. All my gear still working fine.
    Dont worry too much..

    As long you bring it out n use it once in awhile at least. It would be fine.
    The more you worry the more it will go wrong.

    Good luck.

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