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it's very important to have a dry box as Singapore is so damn humid....I tot how much damage would it get until recently when i found specks of fungus on my kit lens....my heart was bleeding.....
I would recommend dry cabinet though coz u are able to monitor and keep the relative humidity level constant....I had dry box once but I find a hassle changing silica gel so often (it's so damn humid here....the silica gels sucks the moisture like mad).
to end.....DRY BOX/CABINET is a MUST in HUMID SINGAPORE!
Canon EOS-300D, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
I understand from a few pro who never uses Dry-box or dry-cab for their primary slr or dslr cam. They only uses dry-cab for extra lens and secondary cam that they don't use often. They told me the reason, but I could not remember. Thanks for the reminder.
Just like a boots that we wear daily or weekly will never grow fungus, but only those that we left in the shoe cab for a few months. I can make better decision base on that. Anyway, thanks to all and thanks for no flaming (except one).
Last edited by IceMocha; 29th May 2007 at 12:23 PM.
I just sold off 2 fungused lenses (given to me by a friend) recently to know that Singapore is indeed a danger zone for lenses and have never kept any of my lenses out of my Dry Cab for more than a day... Call me paranoid but I dun want to risk any of my tools...
Some pros keep changing(sell) their equipment regularly to avoid servicing charges. Pros charge customers including the equipment depreciation costs. And also they use their workhorse in daily basis. If I were them, I will have no time to keep in the dry box.
If you are a hobbist, better get a dry cab.
Last edited by JW73; 29th May 2007 at 04:32 PM.
For lenses..RH<40% is the safest. Too low will have a risk of having the oil in the lens motor of being dry up if the lens is not frequently used.
Canon 650D|Panasonic LX3 / LX5
50mm f/1.8 | 85mm f/1.8 | 12-24mm f/4 | 28-75mm f/2.8
ok ok..my blunder RH40-50% is the safe zone.
OT a bit. my dry cab spoilt recently, decided to open up the drying unit, and found that its basically some material i presume with similar properties to sillica gel and a heating element. i'm sure a lot of you all know this...but just found it very interesting as i thought it was some other process involved
some ppl just did an enviroment report on my office and the rH is 45%, thats a lot lower than the 55% i set for my dry cabs! i carry a dslr and lens with me everyday and as long as you use it, it should be fine. haven't seen any problem after > 1 yr.
i don't rush to stuff it in my dry cab unless over a few days when i'm not using it. the set up stays in my cam bag each night. for the rest of my lenses and bodies, yup, they sit in two dry cabs. fungus will grow if you leave it in the open long enough.
i used to wonder abt places like CP too, where lenses are kept in a glass cabinet. even if aircon is not 24 hrs, i suppose such central airconditioning brings the rH low enough to last overnight when these units are turned off.
bottom-line is: invest in a dry cab, even if you only have a simple p&s, because you can't be using it everyday, or bringing it into an air-conditioned office everyday. besides, these are good for preserving precious tapes and other items that are sensitive to humidty.
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