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    Question Do any of you guys buy a dry cabinet for compact/proconsumer cams?

    As titled. Is it really necessary as those lens are fixed anyway.

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    Yes it is. Fixed lenses still kena fungus.

    however a dry box with silica gel may be more economical.

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    Default Re: Do any of you guys buy a dry cabinet for compact/proconsumer cams?

    Dry Box can keep more then just camera/lenses/prosumer cam etc...

    SG humid is high through out the year.

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    Advisable to get a dry box. You wouldn't want your len(s) to kenna fungus.
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    To be honest when i bought my first ( and only ) digital PnS > 5 yrs back
    the idea of having a low humidity storage never did strike me. But it is still working fine
    With the new found knowledge of dry cabinets, actually i am not entirely convinced u really need a dry cabinet for your PnS. For DSLR setups and lenses most of us will preach getting one for storage. How many people with PnS buys a dry cabinet anyway. Most of the time before it starts to grow fungus it is probably time to get another newer PnS.

    But. For proper keeping sake, u might want to keep it with some silica i guess

    I sound abit contradictory. I think I am old

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    To be honest when i bought my first ( and only ) digital PnS > 5 yrs back
    the idea of having a low humidity storage never did strike me. But it is still working fine
    With the new found knowledge of dry cabinets, actually i am not entirely convinced u really need a dry cabinet for your PnS. For DSLR setups and lenses most of us will preach getting one for storage. How many people with PnS buys a dry cabinet anyway. Most of the time before it starts to grow fungus it is probably time to get another newer PnS.

    But. For proper keeping sake, u might want to keep it with some silica i guess

    I sound abit contradictory. I think I am old

    Ryan
    have to agree. few years ago i've gotten my p&s, i didn't even know what's a dry cabinet.

    i think it's fine unless... say your room has got a humidifier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Yes it is. Fixed lenses still kena fungus.

    however a dry box with silica gel may be more economical.
    Oh, I was checking out some dry cabinets yesterday. How much is a dry box + silica gel combo? How often do I need to change the gel?

    Thanks!

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    20+ can get new one liao....depends....mine every two weeks got to heat up the gel liao....that's why get a dry cabinet liao

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    Well the dry box gel combo has a lower startup cost, but always have to keep heating/changing the gel, which to me is very troublesome.

    In the old days, there's no such thing as a dry cabinet, so we had to use these boxes. The moment a dry cabinet came out, I went to buy it, saves a lot of trouble.

    However, if you only have a small camera, and seldom use, then dry box is okay. it can last quite long if you dont open the box, and its a good box.

    Quote Originally Posted by windwaver View Post
    Oh, I was checking out some dry cabinets yesterday. How much is a dry box + silica gel combo? How often do I need to change the gel?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Well the dry box gel combo has a lower startup cost, but always have to keep heating/changing the gel, which to me is very troublesome.

    In the old days, there's no such thing as a dry cabinet, so we had to use these boxes. The moment a dry cabinet came out, I went to buy it, saves a lot of trouble.

    However, if you only have a small camera, and seldom use, then dry box is okay. it can last quite long if you dont open the box, and its a good box.
    Hmmm......what are the things I need to look out for to buy a dry cabinet (other than the size)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Well the dry box gel combo has a lower startup cost, but always have to keep heating/changing the gel, which to me is very troublesome.

    In the old days, there's no such thing as a dry cabinet, so we had to use these boxes. The moment a dry cabinet came out, I went to buy it, saves a lot of trouble.

    However, if you only have a small camera, and seldom use, then dry box is okay. it can last quite long if you dont open the box, and its a good box.
    Hi! How often do you need to heat/change the gel (in S'pore's context)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by windwaver View Post
    Hmmm......what are the things I need to look out for to buy a dry cabinet (other than the size)
    Mainly the size. Some are analog while some are digitally controlled.

    Quote Originally Posted by windwaver View Post
    Hi! How often do you need to heat/change the gel (in S'pore's context)?
    When the silica indicator turns color ?
    It took a little more than 2 weeks for my silica to turn slightly pinkish blue.
    but i would think it depends on the room environment

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    Last edited by giantcanopy; 25th May 2008 at 11:23 AM.

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    Default Re: Do any of you guys buy a dry cabinet for compact/proconsumer cams?

    i had my prosumer for half a year before i got a dry cab. by then i had my filters and lenses. whether got use or not is one thing, but i'll prefer to store my gears in a more suitable environment.

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    Hmm, I guess the only other thing is brand and digital/analog. Digital has more functions (can pre-set humidity to be maintained etc).

    Quote Originally Posted by windwaver View Post
    Hmmm......what are the things I need to look out for to buy a dry cabinet (other than the size)
    I haven't been using gel for many years, but I would put a ball park at a few months each time? Depends also how often you open the box and where you open it in (air con = dryer, non-aircon = wetter).

    Quote Originally Posted by windwaver View Post
    Hi! How often do you need to heat/change the gel (in S'pore's context)?

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    In general, so long as you take the camera outside into the sun frequently (at least every 2 weeks?) and shoot pics, fungus won't be so much of a problem becasue the sun's UV radiation can kill the spores.
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    I do own a prosumer and pns and I have a dry cabinet for them. I think in SG, the weather is very humid. Better be safe than sorry.

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    Default Re: Do any of you guys buy a dry cabinet for compact/proconsumer cams?

    It is needed for Singapore is pretty humid.

    I thought spend abit more and get a dry cabinet for a peace of mind. Since, $100 is not a very huge amount.

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    around how much is a dry cabinet?? and the size??

    I'm afraid that later no space to put the cabinet..

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    Hi, CS members

    After reading your feedbacks, I ask one question. Is it useful to leave dslr and lenses in everybody's working office like big buildings or shopping malls with air con 24hours / 7days?

    The reason is we only use our home air-con for few hours every night we need. But cannot leave them in 12hours everyday so to save our spending money, we can leave them in office for 24 hours/7days. If ok, no need to buy dry cabinet.

    If disagree, feel free to tell me your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by woonsin View Post
    Hi, CS members

    After reading your feedbacks, I ask one question. Is it useful to leave dslr and lenses in everybody's working office like big buildings or shopping malls with air con 24hours / 7days?

    The reason is we only use our home air-con for few hours every night we need. But cannot leave them in 12hours everyday so to save our spending money, we can leave them in office for 24 hours/7days. If ok, no need to buy dry cabinet.

    If disagree, feel free to tell me your opinion?
    As long as the humidity is about right like a dry cabinet I guess there is no stopping.
    The other concern might be security ?

    Ryan

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