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    Quote Originally Posted by Kagari View Post
    40L for the DHC got free deliver , but the more basic one dun have free delivery, have to self pickup...
    Oh, thanks.
    can share what price is the DHC 40L ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    Oh, thanks.
    can share what price is the DHC 40L ?
    208 with delivery
    i am not a GUY... erm ya...

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    I went for the DHC 80 when I was starting out - glad I didn't go for anything smaller. Got my 350D, 24-70, kit lens, wedding photos, batteries, video cam, compact cam.... You'd be surprised how quickly they can fill up. Still got space for a decent flash and a few lenses though !

    All advice on cabinets I've seen (including my own) is don't underestimate the ability for it to fill up. Get as large as you feel is reasonable for your space and pocket. I would put priority on size rather than digital if you have to watch your budget.

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    i jus got my ad-060 today. Value for money free gifts galore! 168 nett inclusive of delivery. go get it now while the promotion lasts!

    ps: i wanted to get a 30L initially but afterwards settled for the 60L because I wanted to put in my watch collection as well. And to my surprise, I filled it up already! So my advice will be the same as most here, get the biggest u can afford, else u will keep on upgrading

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    Hi, is dry cabinet a must-have?

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    My apologies my dear. My mistake .

    With 40L you can still get another one later if you decide to get more lenses or cameras. I know I had to .

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kagari View Post
    40L one... somehow i dun intend to have much lens in there... lol

    should correct u and say i am a female yes? lol
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    would a dry box suffice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sureshot View Post
    would a dry box suffice?
    well if u dun mind recharge those sillca gel regulary it should be fine i guess... for me, i wanted a dry cabi so that my lens have a nice place to sleep @ night [i make them sound like a bunch of kids... tehehehehe, they even got named am i weird?? lol]

    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    Hi, is dry cabinet a must-have?
    yes if u intend to go pro and longterm it works better [i assumer bah....]

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvgoh View Post
    My apologies my dear. My mistake .

    With 40L you can still get another one later if you decide to get more lenses or cameras. I know I had to .

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    Hi, is dry cabinet a must-have?
    unless u like fungus growing on ur lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    Hi, is dry cabinet a must-have?
    Yes. Esp in Singapore. I just got my AD-160. Inherited my uncle's whole system, need to make room for it.

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    My advice is not to buy beyond 80 litres. The larger the cabinet, the longer it takes the dehumidifying unit to extract moisture from the cabinet after you have opened it.

    If you need more space - buy multiples of smaller units. It spreads the work load across multiple dehumidfying units and it also lowers the risk of unit failure across the units. i.e. if one fails, you are not w/o a dehumidifier.

    The cost is only slightly more if you get two smaller units as opposed to one large one. e.g. 2 x 60 litres vs 1 x 120 litres. Plus you get two dehumidifiers instead of one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrode View Post
    My advice is not to buy beyond 80 litres. The larger the cabinet, the longer it takes the dehumidifying unit to extract moisture from the cabinet after you have opened it.

    If you need more space - buy multiples of smaller units. It spreads the work load across multiple dehumidfying units and it also lowers the risk of unit failure across the units. i.e. if one fails, you are not w/o a dehumidifier.

    The cost is only slightly more if you get two smaller units as opposed to one large one. e.g. 2 x 60 litres vs 1 x 120 litres. Plus you get two dehumidifiers instead of one.
    You will aslo be doubling your power consumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbma View Post
    You will aslo be doubling your power consumption.
    Come on! Don't be silly! 5 extra watts isn't going to break the bank.

    If you are that penny wise (miserly), then you can always shut off the unit and let it sit for a few weeks. The humidity will remain constant as long as you do not open the door (which has a magnetic seal like on a fridge). If you do open up the unit to retrieve something, just turn it on again and let it return to optimum humidity.
    Last edited by Tetrode; 9th November 2006 at 08:15 PM.

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    Any advice on which to get?
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    My AD-160 comes with two dehumidifying units(one at the top and one bottom)... lol that's 160 litres for you, man...
    So means one spoil, one still working!
    For me, I rather get a nice big one and keep everything all together. If you buy certain models above 120 litres, like 200 litres, the cabinet may be split into two section one top one bottom, therefore you got two doors, two 100l cabinet in one! Other types will come in two full length doors, and thus open like wardrobe. Only then you get a continuous space inside.

    So, if you need it, get it. More than 80 litres no prob, I vouch for the digi-cabi series, saw the stuff. It can manage the size. No worries!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrode View Post
    The cost is only slightly more if you get two smaller units as opposed to one large one. e.g. 2 x 60 litres vs 1 x 120 litres. Plus you get two dehumidifiers instead of one.
    I usually see that 2 small ones are cheaper than an equivalent large one, like in your example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamiya_model View Post
    My AD-160 comes with two dehumidifying units(one at the top and one bottom)... lol that's 160 litres for you, man...
    So means one spoil, one still working!
    For me, I rather get a nice big one and keep everything all together. If you buy certain models above 120 litres, like 200 litres, the cabinet may be split into two section one top one bottom, therefore you got two doors, two 100l cabinet in one! Other types will come in two full length doors, and thus open like wardrobe. Only then you get a continuous space inside.

    So, if you need it, get it. More than 80 litres no prob, I vouch for the digi-cabi series, saw the stuff. It can manage the size. No worries!
    So i should get at least 100 litre ah....hmmm...my gear also not that much leh...i only have another 70-200 f/4 to add plus a film SLR, compact PnS with accessories.
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    Come to think of it, Tetrode is right. My 80L took slightly more than 24hrs to stablise the humidity .

    I agree that 2 smaller units are better than 1. That way you can organise you gear as well. My 2 units are devided between my old handy cams, P&S & SLR body and gear.

    Cheers

    Kelvin

    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrode View Post
    My advice is not to buy beyond 80 litres. The larger the cabinet, the longer it takes the dehumidifying unit to extract moisture from the cabinet after you have opened it.

    If you need more space - buy multiples of smaller units. It spreads the work load across multiple dehumidfying units and it also lowers the risk of unit failure across the units. i.e. if one fails, you are not w/o a dehumidifier.

    The cost is only slightly more if you get two smaller units as opposed to one large one. e.g. 2 x 60 litres vs 1 x 120 litres. Plus you get two dehumidifiers instead of one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sureshot View Post
    would a dry box suffice?
    Depend on you. Some people happy with dry box. But, my advise is dry cab. You will need Silica gel on dry box to keep humidity low, and troublesome yourself to keep on eye on silica gel (I assumed you will use blue silica gel, as it is the most and cheaply available in Singapore). When it turn to pink color, you need to change it or recycle it.

    FYI, blue silica gel contain cobalt chloride for blue humidity indicator, which is known as carcinogen. Better save than sorry.

    Beside, AFAIK, the volume of dry box is small compare to dry cab.

    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    Hi, is dry cabinet a must-have?
    IMHO: Yes. In tropical climate like Singapore, where humidity is 70-90%.

    Without dry cab you might spend more on cleaning the lens(es) from fungus. Not to mention picture quality degrade on lens after fungus cleaning.

    Buy dry cab as soon as possible.

    Regards,
    Arto.

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