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    Default How to dehumidify when travelling?

    I am travelling to Thailand and Korea for extended periods of time.
    I own a set of lens and DSLR.
    I intend to bring these photographic equipment along to shoot the many interesting places.

    My question to those who have travelled and lived overseas for extended periods of time.

    1. Is fungus growth a big problem in Thailand, Korea, China or Japan?
    2. How can we "protect" our camera equipment from the risks of fungus when we travel as we cannot bring along our dehumidified camera cabinet?
    3. Are there any form of travelling solutions or tips that people who have to stay overseas for extended periods like 1 mths to 1 year take to prevent fungus growth?

    Thanks for sharing.

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    if u are going to stay there for 6 mths onwards, I would seriously suggest you get at least a dry box with silica gel to place the equipment in.

    (note: I am referring to Tokyo when I speak of Japan because it used to be my 2nd home .. )

    For Japan, the air can get very moist in months of July-Oct esp when the rains come in between summer and fall (sometime in mid-Aug). A big problem (that has nothing to do with climate) in Japan however is dust, dust and more dust. You need to take special care especially if you are going to use a DSLR.

    cheers,
    sfhuang

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    Pelican Cases? Portable, airtight, rugged and padded. Just add silica gel.

    http://www.pelican.com/
    Last edited by Noir; 18th June 2003 at 08:21 AM.

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    Default the pelicans looks good... where to get them?

    Originally posted by Noir
    Pelican Cases? Portable, airtight, rugged and padded. Just add silica gel.

    http://www.pelican.com/
    Where can I find them in SIngapore? CP? AP?
    I need one to host my
    Canon 10D
    16-35 F2.8 L
    24-70 F2.8 L
    70-200 F2.8 L

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    I've seen a few, in different sizes, at scuba diving equipment shops in the basement of Lucky Plaza. I am sure there are other places selling them too, might wanna email Pelican directly, cmarino@pelican.com, as stated on the website? Hope u can find what u want.

    Regards

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    Default Re: the pelicans looks good... where to get them?

    Originally posted by cheers
    Where can I find them in SIngapore? CP? AP?
    I need one to host my
    Canon 10D
    16-35 F2.8 L
    24-70 F2.8 L
    70-200 F2.8 L
    Saw a couple of such airtight boxes at CP. Check them out there

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    for pelican cases, go straight to the distrubutor.
    Forgot their shop name, but located somewhere near kallang way/aljunied MRT

    Check the yellow pages, sure can find them.
    they have alot of choices
    Kelvin
    SMS for faster response: 96622292

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    I once used ziplock bag with those silica gels. Sounds ridiculous?

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    Originally posted by Nikonian Foo
    I once used ziplock bag with those silica gels. Sounds ridiculous?
    Nothing is ridiculous if it works.

    An air-tight biscuit tin or container with silica gel is also a good stand-in for a dry box.

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    if you are tavelling and using the equipment, fungus will not have a chance. fungus only starts to settle in when you just leave you equipment untouch and the stale air allows fungus to develop.

    think of you wallet. use it and no fungus will appear. put it in your drawer, in 2 weeks it will be terible.

    since you are travelling and using you stuff it shouldnt be a prob in the first place

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    1. Use the space bag - the one you use vaccum cleaner to suck out the air- robinson selling.
    2. Heater rod or Damp chaser from Home Fix.
    3. Sell your lens to me at half price

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    Default Re: the pelicans looks good... where to get them?

    Originally posted by cheers
    Where can I find them in SIngapore? CP? AP?
    I need one to host my
    Canon 10D
    16-35 F2.8 L
    24-70 F2.8 L
    70-200 F2.8 L
    As a diver and amature photography, I'll say the best place to get these air tight boxes would be some scuba shop distributors..... You can try Dive master Pratama and Richmond supplies

    Dive Masters: http://www.divemastersonline.com/1.htm

    Richmond: http://web.singnet.com.sg/~rmond/

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    Can buy those Olympus or Nikon air tight cases that they give away free during promotions.
    Not sure if Canon has a air-tight casing too.

    I think some shops sell them separately and some Nikon users don't need their air-tight cases (comes with hygrometer) and they post in yahoo or there to sell it.

    Personally I find the air-tight cases handy for travellers, too bad I did not get my hands on one.

    Last resort, I can think of is buy LARGE ZIPLOCk bags in Beach Rd Army market, the kind they use to warp the No.4 uniform in for the backpack.

    Throw in some silica gel and seal the camera and lens in those bags.
    Just make sure they are not leaking or has holes. (inspect first).

    Buy a $30 hygrometer in Sim Lim Tower. (SLS Basement 1 has one too) and place the hygrometer inside the ZIPLOCK bag with the camera to check humdity.

    I think should work since the ZIPLOCK bags are water-tight.

    And it's lighter and less bulky to pack several ziplock bags and a hygrometer than a air-tight case or dry box.

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