I seldom take pictures these days, call it laziness, call it a temporary loss of passion for photography, whatever. So most of the time, my cameras and lenses sit in the dry cabinet which is set to approx. "medium" in the humidity setting. Only occasionally, I take the camera a a few favourite lenses out for photo taking for some ocassion. Its been like this for a number of years. Recently I took out my lenses and cameras out to check them, and was horrified to discover the following :
1. The film camera that I never use these days ( cos I use my digital ) - some of the "rubber" parts feel a bit sticky ! The other plastic parts feel ok.
2. Some of the lenses that I seldom use, the "rubber" parts look whitish, the other non-rubber parts look ok. If I wipe the whitish stuff, it comes off.
3. I found some fungus (?) growing on a couple of the lenses that I seldom use ( white crystal-like stuff insdie the lens )
I would appreciate some advice :
Is my humidity setting too "humid" ? Shd I set it to "high" instead ? Or is my dry box already not functioning ? ( the red light still comes on and later goes off when it reaches the set humidity level, like before ). I did notice though that there is a strange smell every time i open the box, like some pungent, "film" smell - is this normal ? Is there anything in the control box in the dry cabinet that will run out ( get consumed ) that I need to replace or top up ?
I suppose , the bottom line is, what shd I do now to mitigate the situation ? It would be a heartache to see the lenses go bad, aas they are all f2.8 lenses.