I like the thirsty hippo idea
how about a big air tight box and put a thirsty hippo inside?
The answer is a resounding 'YES'.
I've got an old fav. lens which is now an expensive paperweight. It serves to remind me of my 6 months of laziness and procrastination from buying a proper drybox. Remember...mould grows once it starts to 'inhabit' your lens. Don't take any chances.
Getting a Drybox with an RH meter is good cos you do not want to make it too dry too, else it dries and cracks the seals and affect the gears in the lenses.
Also...Hungry Hippo is out of the question cos when it has finish 'sucking' the moisture....it turns into a small pool of water. Imagine this in your Dry Box! Besides....honestly the only thing Hungry Hippo is hungry for is your $$$ cos its not cheap.
I can use my setup often and even sun them, but i would still get a dry cabinet.
Doesn't take up a huge fraction of your setup cost in the long run. But certainly gives you more insurance on the items you treasure.
do u all remove the strap before placing into the dry cabinet?
as at times our strap do get sweaty and wet.
and what is the recommended size to buy?
Yes you should definitely invest in a dry cabinet (electronic). I googled on this a couple of years back. There was a research done on electricity bills versus the cost of buying the silica gels and also the constant heating and frying of the gel.
End up, electricity bills is still way cheaper than the cost of silica gel.
Just take the initial $100+ dollars for the cabinet as a permanent investment.
but what if the camera stays in the bag that will be used?
I mean most newbies (MOST) will only have one lens first. can we start off by just keeping it in the bag? (buy 1 thing at a time..camera so ex liao must save up again first )
so, buy the dry cabi first before buying your camera.
cus, since the money is so tight, means the camera is a major investment for u. makes sense to ensure it has a long fruitful life.
say, u wan to buy arowana, sure must get tank set up, water stabilise first, then take your precious fish home.
imagine, buy fish liao, put in pail.
then go look for money buy fish tank and filter.
What is the good humidity to store our lenses? My current dry box is showing 30. Is it okay?