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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    i am thinking of getting the DHC-80 dry cabinet but has a question to ask...perhaps it may sound dumb...

    i just want to ask you is that once the dry cabinet has reach its desired humidity level at 40%, can i switch off to save electricity? will the level go up if I do not open the dry cabinet as I assume that its air tight dry cabinet. If its not air tight, i dont think it is a good dry cabinet to have.
    DHC-80 is the professional version... once it reach the desired humidity level.. the blue light will be off.. so it is already saving electricity..

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    Quote Originally Posted by miniUltraman View Post
    DHC-80 is the professional version... once it reach the desired humidity level.. the blue light will be off.. so it is already saving electricity..
    i din know that...i thought it will be on whenever it is switched on
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    I think carrefour is about the cheapest already. Cannot expect to pay the same price as a dry box. Besides, carrefour also delivers for expenditure above $150.

    If I'm not wrong, most digi-cabi models will automatically turn off the drying unit once humidity reaches the set level - just like an aircon thermostat.

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    Thanks for all the advise..
    So is carrefour cheaper than digihub?
    Do they carry the same models?

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    Carrefour & Digital Point sells at the same price (which is the lowest among those I have checked). Got mine from Digital Point and they do deliver to your doorstep too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jervislim View Post
    The dry cabinet is air-tight but the drying unit isn't. If drying unit is air-tight too, then it can't possibly work at all to reduce the moisture level in cabinet.

    btw dry cabinet power consumption is only 5W. So I don't really see a big concern here.
    Most of today modern dry cab use peltier/thermocouple technology as a device (dehumidifier unit) to move humidity inside the dry cab to outside.

    The dehumidifier unit have a sponge that when wet, it act as a seal for air, but will pass the water (from condensation of dehumidifier cold side inside the dry cab) to outside (to evaporate water to air, using dehumidifier hot side outside the dry cab).

    So, ideally the dry cab is air tight, but too bad, the door's seal is not.

    The saving by cut off dry cab electricity is not much. But dry cab is not like refrigerator that take a lot of power when turn on. Some more, the DHC series (pro series) does cut the dehumidifier power when humidity inside reach set point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    ya...i guess so. anyway i am kind of sick and tired to keep on putting the silicon into the microwave...its so frequent...
    You better find dry cab asap.

    FYI, blue silica gel contain cobalt chloride as a blue color humidity indicator. Cobalt chloride known as carcinogen agent (cancer caused agent).

    Better safe than sorry. YMWV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft View Post
    You better find dry cab asap.

    FYI, blue silica gel contain cobalt chloride as a blue color humidity indicator. Cobalt chloride known as carcinogen agent (cancer caused agent).

    Better safe than sorry. YMWV.

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    ya i know. i still havent decided shld i get 60 litres or 80 litres? if i get 80 litres i feel that i din fully utilised it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C J GOH View Post
    Hey, always good to have more than enough...

    than not enough and need to upgrade again...

    actually 30 or 40 litres is juz nice for me...thats y i getting 60 litre
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    actually 30 or 40 litres is juz nice for me...thats y i getting 60 litre
    you could try planning by looking at what u will buy... for eg, in the near future, what u think u will get, like what bodies/lenses/flashes/accessories... the work it out from there..

    do consider prices too..i bought akarui from cathay and was choosing between 2.. eventually got the bigger one coz the price difference was very small.. so my cabinet is now quite empty.. haha..reasons to BBB...
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    ya i know. i still havent decided shld i get 60 litres or 80 litres? if i get 80 litres i feel that i din fully utilised it.
    not just photographic gears... you can put in DVD/CD/HDD... etc also... I filled 1/3 of my 80L with dvd/cd..

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    Any places provide delivery for 30L or 40L?

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    I give you guys a scenario:
    - The place that you are going to keep the cabinet is relatively small area (my study room)
    - It will definately take more than 5 years for me to upgrade to better camera to have the next adverture either 1.3x or full frame dslr camera.
    - This 5 years estimated: once a year or every two years I will buy a new lens to play around due low budget set aside for this expensive camera hobby (Saving money for my new house and wedding etc)
    - If I buy a big cabinet, most likely it will be very empty or i will put my textbooks inside it or worse still put all the rubbish inside(hopefully not in this case, as I have too many textbooks lying around due to my further studies).

    Is it wise for me to buy a big cabinet AD-60, AD-70, AD-80, DHC-60 or DHC-80 now or should i just buy 30litres cabinet ($99 thats sort of dry cabinet)? After 5 years than i buy another big cabinet, whereas the old one maybe sell away (i guess its very slim chance that people wants) or give to someone else.

    Pls advise....
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    I give you guys a scenario:
    - The place that you are going to keep the cabinet is relatively small area (my study room)
    - It will definately take more than 5 years for me to upgrade to better camera to have the next adverture either 1.3x or full frame dslr camera.
    - This 5 years estimated: once a year or every two years I will buy a new lens to play around due low budget set aside for this expensive camera hobby (Saving money for my new house and wedding etc)
    - If I buy a big cabinet, most likely it will be very empty or i will put my textbooks inside it or worse still put all the rubbish inside(hopefully not in this case, as I have too many textbooks lying around due to my further studies).

    Is it wise for me to buy a big cabinet AD-60, AD-70, AD-80, DHC-60 or DHC-80 now or should i just buy 30litres cabinet ($99 thats sort of dry cabinet)? After 5 years than i buy another big cabinet, whereas the old one maybe sell away (i guess its very slim chance that people wants) or give to someone else.

    Pls advise....

    can anyone help me? i really do not know how...
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    I give you guys a scenario:
    - The place that you are going to keep the cabinet is relatively small area (my study room)
    - It will definately take more than 5 years for me to upgrade to better camera to have the next adverture either 1.3x or full frame dslr camera.
    - This 5 years estimated: once a year or every two years I will buy a new lens to play around due low budget set aside for this expensive camera hobby (Saving money for my new house and wedding etc)
    - If I buy a big cabinet, most likely it will be very empty or i will put my textbooks inside it or worse still put all the rubbish inside(hopefully not in this case, as I have too many textbooks lying around due to my further studies).

    Is it wise for me to buy a big cabinet AD-60, AD-70, AD-80, DHC-60 or DHC-80 now or should i just buy 30litres cabinet ($99 thats sort of dry cabinet)? After 5 years than i buy another big cabinet, whereas the old one maybe sell away (i guess its very slim chance that people wants) or give to someone else.

    Pls advise....
    it really depends on if what you say would be true. if you are so sure that your lens collection would not change much within 5 years. 30-60L should be more than enough. i'm using a three shelve 80L, and put most photographic equipment inside, with 1 body, 4 lens, 1 flash etc. going strictly, 2 shelve should be more than enough (<60L).

    but actually, the price difference between 30L to 80L is not that much, but the volume difference is big. saving that $100+ may make little difference to your house and wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    it really depends on if what you say would be true. if you are so sure that your lens collection would not change much within 5 years. 30-60L should be more than enough. i'm using a three shelve 80L, and put most photographic equipment inside, with 1 body, 4 lens, 1 flash etc. going strictly, 2 shelve should be more than enough (<60L).

    but actually, the price difference between 30L to 80L is not that much, but the volume difference is big. saving that $100+ may make little difference to your house and wedding.
    I am using a 30L, 2 shelves, that is enough for 2 SLR bodies (D70s and D80), three lenses (18-70mm, 18-200mm and 50mm f/1.8), and a speedlight (SB800). A littel squeezy, but still no problem. Can probably fit another lens in too. I paid only $99 for it I think - and it fits into a little nook in my living room, very unobstructive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    it really depends on if what you say would be true. if you are so sure that your lens collection would not change much within 5 years. 30-60L should be more than enough. i'm using a three shelve 80L, and put most photographic equipment inside, with 1 body, 4 lens, 1 flash etc. going strictly, 2 shelve should be more than enough (<60L).

    but actually, the price difference between 30L to 80L is not that much, but the volume difference is big. saving that $100+ may make little difference to your house and wedding.
    I agree with zoossh that <60L is more than enough for you now and the next 5 years.

    I am using a 60L, 3 shelves, currently holding 2 SLR bodies, 4 lenses, some filters and 2 other compact cameras. There is still room for at least another 3 lenses or even more, depending on how tight you like to squeeze your equipment. As for flash, strictly speaking, there is no need to keep it in the dry cabinet, but if you have the space, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    i am thinking of getting the DHC-80 dry cabinet but has a question to ask...perhaps it may sound dumb...

    i just want to ask you is that once the dry cabinet has reach its desired humidity level at 40%, can i switch off to save electricity? will the level go up if I do not open the dry cabinet as I assume that its air tight dry cabinet. If its not air tight, i dont think it is a good dry cabinet to have.
    Not dumb, just the funniest question i read today!!!

    I agree that you really need to relook at your budget and definition of "cheap". Perhaps you are not really suited to go into a hobby of photography, if all you think about is saving money everywhere. While it is a good virtue to be thrifty, you need to be realistic and spend carefully when needed. As they say, you can get rich by being cheap, but you will always be a cheapo.

    Look through the forums and pricelists and other information available, and get the best deals. Work on your budget. Photography is a hobby (unless you decide its your profession), so spend only above your daily needs. Its a luxury.

    Dry cabinet do not use much electricity. So you won't save much. Anyway, the dry cabinet is not a vacuum. So humidity will go up if the humidifier is not working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    I give you guys a scenario:
    - The place that you are going to keep the cabinet is relatively small area (my study room)
    - It will definately take more than 5 years for me to upgrade to better camera to have the next adverture either 1.3x or full frame dslr camera.
    - This 5 years estimated: once a year or every two years I will buy a new lens to play around due low budget set aside for this expensive camera hobby (Saving money for my new house and wedding etc)
    - If I buy a big cabinet, most likely it will be very empty or i will put my textbooks inside it or worse still put all the rubbish inside(hopefully not in this case, as I have too many textbooks lying around due to my further studies).

    Is it wise for me to buy a big cabinet AD-60, AD-70, AD-80, DHC-60 or DHC-80 now or should i just buy 30litres cabinet ($99 thats sort of dry cabinet)? After 5 years than i buy another big cabinet, whereas the old one maybe sell away (i guess its very slim chance that people wants) or give to someone else.

    Pls advise....
    First off, plan your budget. Get your priorities right. Why would you need to buy lenses every other year? Your budget is of concern, then just stick with 1 body and 1 lens (the most 2) and if necess a flash and a simple tripod. Make do with what you have. You can get great photos with a DSLR and kit lenses, if you know how to use it.

    Having said that, you don't really need a large dry cabinet, if cost is a concern. Do a cost comparison and get the most cost effective cabinet. You could choose a cabinet with the right dimension for your room. Of course, space is still a premium, so if you get a larger one, you will have more than sufficient to store stuff.

    I wait for 5 years, and can i be first on the list for your dry cabinet when you give it away?
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    Quote Originally Posted by posez View Post
    I am using a 30L, 2 shelves, that is enough for 2 SLR bodies (D70s and D80), three lenses (18-70mm, 18-200mm and 50mm f/1.8), and a speedlight (SB800). A littel squeezy, but still no problem. Can probably fit another lens in too. I paid only $99 for it I think - and it fits into a little nook in my living room, very unobstructive.
    1st Round Target within 5 years I hope to have:
    1) Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro
    2) Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC or Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC or Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XI Di-II LD
    3) Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM or Tokina AT-X 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye DX
    4) Canon 430 EX or Sigma Electronic Flash EF 500 DG Super

    currently I have Canon 400D, canon kit lens and sigma 70-300mm apo lens and Canon EOS 500 Film Camera and its kit lens (Maybe give to me by my friend - Not confirm)

    which one I should go for?
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