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    Hello all ,

    I am quite new here and this is my first post. I have actually been lurking around the forum absorbing whatever knowledge I can find about photography.

    As it is my interest to seriously pick up photography, I've researched, studied, learnt and also did some hands on with some DSLR I borrowed from my friends. SO, it's about time I'm going to get one.

    However, before my purchase; I do have just a tiny bit of problem regarding my decision on whether or not the get a dry cabinet. I understand that there's many information about the need for dry cabinets around the web. Still, I think it would be better if I seek some personal advise here from CS Community .

    As I am still new in photography and getting my first DSLR (A200 with 2 kit lens). I have a few questions I'd like to ask:

    - With my current setup (Just a body and 2 lenses) is it still necessary to have a dry cabinet?
    - Is is alright if I just place my camera and lenses on a table top.
    - How sensitive are DSLRs' and lenses are to fungus infection? I mean are they that "infectious"?
    - What is average life span of my equipment before fungus infection if I were to leave it on my table top when not in use? I live on the 7th story if that matters .
    - Do you know of any photographers who do not store their equipment in a dry cabinet/silica gel/thirsty hippo/DIY storage and never encounter problems with fungus before?

    I understand most of you will advise me to get a dry cabinet as I will still need it in future when I upgrade/purchase more lenses etc.

    I apologise for this really really long post, but I have been wondering about this question for quite some time. I'd appreciate any suggestions or feedback all of you can provide .

    Thank you !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linnl71 View Post
    I understand that there's many information about the need for dry cabinets around the web. Still, I think it would be better if I seek some personal advise here from CS Community .
    If you have lurked this forum already then you should have stumbled across the answer that is to be expected.

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    Last edited by Diavonex; 13th July 2009 at 08:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    Thank you for that reference.

    I have actually read most of those threads already too. So I guess even for me it's still most appropriate to get a dry cabinet.

    But what about my other questions? Just for my own knowledge

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    Hi There

    Actually am quite new to photography too, but I bought my dry cabinet recently.

    I think it's a good investment. It's about 100 bucks and has 5 years warranty. Should try to get it asap if you don't use your camera frequently. At least in the short term, keep it at a dry place (before you consider getting a dry cabinet), i.e. a dry box.. get some silica gel, thirsty hippo to absorb moisture.

    Yup just my 2 cents worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bread84 View Post
    Hi There

    Actually am quite new to photography too, but I bought my dry cabinet recently.

    I think it's a good investment. It's about 100 bucks and has 5 years warranty. Should try to get it asap if you don't use your camera frequently. At least in the short term, keep it at a dry place (before you consider getting a dry cabinet), i.e. a dry box.. get some silica gel, thirsty hippo to absorb moisture.

    Yup just my 2 cents worth.
    Alright cool!

    Thanks for your advice, really appreciate it.

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    1. its always good to have a cabinet no matter how much gears you own.
    2. no, if only the table top had only 3 legs.
    3. Singapore weather, somehow yes.
    4. no idealet us know the result if you want to get the answer.
    5. yes. they need to use their equipment so much so they wont have the time to 'store everthing up'. take a example: you go running everyday vs sitting on the desk everyday.

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    1) Fungus doesn't bother how many lenses you have. It grows wherever the conditions are suitable. Only controlled conditions as described in your camera manual will prevent this.
    2) Of course, if you also open the window and let the sun shine on it - fungus doesn't like UV. - Seriously: it will slow down the growth maybe a bit. If the table top is in a room with aircon it would be better - but still it's better to have just 36l dry air instead of several cubic meters. Your utility bill will tell you the difference.
    3) Depends on the actual storage conditions. 4 weeks in a closed camera bag after returning from humid outside can be enough to start it.
    4) See 2 and 3) Do you really want to find it out the hard way?
    5) Yes, but those photographers don't live in Singapore. So whatever they do or encounter doesn't apply here.

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    Default Re: Another Dry Cabinet Question!!

    - With my current setup (Just a body and 2 lenses) is it still necessary to have a dry cabinet?
    Your first day in clubsnap izit? the answer is so simple.
    - Is is alright if I just place my camera and lenses on a table top.
    why? you want to let your camera and lenses collecting dust?
    - How sensitive are DSLRs' and lenses are to fungus infection? I mean are they that "infectious"?
    you can do the test yourself, let us know how long your camera and lens can last for fungus free
    - What is average life span of my equipment before fungus infection if I were to leave it on my table top when not in use? I live on the 7th story if that matters .
    for sure your cameras and lenses will be collector items very soon, collecting dust and fungus on top your table.
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    Catchlights,
    U are getting very mean. HAhaha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linnl71 View Post
    - Do you know of any photographers who do not store their equipment in a dry cabinet/silica gel/thirsty hippo/DIY storage and never encounter problems with fungus before?
    Yes, but they live in dry, temperate countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    Catchlights,
    U are getting very mean. HAhaha...

    Regards
    Nope. He's still being nice. By the TS's own admission, he/she already ssaw the similar threads with the same answers, yet he/she still posts the same questions. Talk about a waste of time and bandwidth!
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    Default Re: Another Dry Cabinet Question!!

    Thanks everyone for your replies. Truely appreciated. I've cleared my doubt about dry cabinets and am including it into my purchase list!!!

    Again I'd apologise if I wasted any of your time in any sense, but still, thanks for your replies !

    Without all of your help, I'd still be abit confused about my decision, haha!

    All the best and happy shooting !

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