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    Default Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    Just bought my cam and lens.

    Was wondering if a dry cabinet is really needed?

    Any other alternative methods?

    If put at a high location, does it helps?

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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    High location as in Mt. Everest? :P

    Other than that, if you want your lens to survive without going moldy, yes, get a dry cabinet.
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    Nope.
    A setup consisting of a Box and 'Thirsty hippo' would keep your temp/humidity at 29/40 consistently.
    Each 'Thirsty hippo' or any other imitation would last you about 4 months if u play with your camera alot. =>

    But really, a dry cabinet does look more pro. Im a cheapo. =>

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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    dry box or not.. keep your camera at around 35 to 40% humidity, it will be fine. Too dry and the rubber grips may crack when they dry out, lubrication in the camera assembly may also get affect so do not over do it, especially true when making a "manual" dry box using silica gel or "thirsty hippo".

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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    It will save you a lot of trouble going through the "DIY" dry cabinet method.

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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by kkcharles82 View Post
    dry box or not.. keep your camera at around 35 to 40% humidity, it will be fine. Too dry and the rubber grips may crack when they dry out, lubrication in the camera assembly may also get affect so do not over do it, especially true when making a "manual" dry box using silica gel or "thirsty hippo".
    brother, if u really keep it at 35-40%, ur lens is confirm + chop guaranteed a trip to the service centre. If urs is a nikon, be prepared to replace ur len's SWM (silent wave motor aka the lens focusing motor)

    the right setting is 50%.
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    speaking from my personal experience - even at the recommended RH setting, i still get breakouts of fungus in my lenses, stored in a dry cabinet. and there's this particular lens that i own whose SWM keeps acting up!!!

    sometimes i just put them in a cupboard, and from time to time i just check if there's any fungus on them.

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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    By a dry cabinet and you will not need to trouble yourself or worry too much

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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    By a dry cabinet and you will not need to trouble yourself or worry too much

    Ryan
    Yes, it is the best method for everyone, whether you use your camera everyday, or once a year, best insurance and protection for your camera and lenses, it is also the most economy and hassle free way in the long run.
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    Default Re: Is a dry cabinet really neccessary?

    Alright guys..thanks a lot for the advise..i think i shall need to get one to avoid further incurring cost..LOL...

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