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    side thread a bit.

    do you on the dry cabinet 24/7? or just on it for few hours few days per week?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuminlee View Post
    side thread a bit.

    do you on the dry cabinet 24/7? or just on it for few hours few days per week?
    I leave it on 24/7/365
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    looks like gonna spend money during this weekend again... haha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Buy a dry cabinet as soon as you can. Put off buying other accessories for the time being if money is that tight.
    If you do not use your cam often, leaving it in the dry CABINET also will have fungus..
    A dry cabi at 45% humidity delays the onset of fungus only..

    I have old cameras in dry cabinet on 24/7 but never see light also have fungus, cameras that I use often and left in my camera bag doesn't even have a single infection.. so lesson learnt was to USE my camera..

    Fungus is everywhere, so no need to baby the camera.. just use the camera often.. as long as the lens sees some sunlight, Im sure not so easy to get fungus..

    Of course if you have a few lenses, and all these are in rotation/not used often then please go ahead and buy a proper dry cabinet.. but if it's a 1 lens kit, then a dry cabi can wait alittle till you have some budget..
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    Quote Originally Posted by m1kid View Post
    as above... I bought a D90 on last saturday just wondering if is it ok to store the DSLR on the air tight container and inside put thristy hippo? I wanted to buy a dry box but at Tk photo there they dun sell le and i went to supermarket to look for it also dun have... Cos my budget also very tight after buying up the D90 plus a DSLR bag no money le therefore no money to buy cabinet.
    Thirsty hippo sux humidity like A THRISTY HIPPO.. well to almost 10-15% humidity or lower.. at this range, the plastic coating might crack, the grease in the lens will dry up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuminlee View Post
    side thread a bit.
    do you on the dry cabinet 24/7? or just on it for few hours few days per week?
    They are designed and supposed to run 24x7. No need to switch on off or something.
    Here some more information summarized by CS member: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=481380

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    Do your maths, and use a little common sense, see which is more worthwhile.


    cost of lens and camera clearing > $150.00 and it is not cover by camera warranty

    cost of small dry cabinet ≤ $120.00 and dry cabinet have 3~5 years warranty.

    long term cost of dry box plus drying agent including effort of maintenance > dry cab
    Agree with catchlights.

    Getting a dry cabinet is more worthwhile. If u get a dry box, after some time you would need to change the silica gel.

    With a dry cabinet, even if your storage with some additional lens would be fine.
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    You don't have to need to buy expensive thirsty hippo. Those cheaper version $1 (must without fragrant) for two will do fine too but care not to spill the liquid. Thirsty hippo has packet form too to prevent spills. Thirsty hippo is expensive bec it offers the max absorption in ml as compared to the rest.

    Buy at least a bigger airtight tupperware, one box dessicate or 2 packets is sufficient. And if you hardly open, it can last very long. If it does not, means the box is not airtight. Most impression that these desiccate don't last is because it is left in open cupboards and non airtight container. If you have 600ml of water in a box at once, your equipment is long gone.

    I have not experience equipment or cracking failure due to over dry from these dessicate box since film days, while the theory of grease drying sounds logical but have not encounter.

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    ha thanx for the advise. likely to go buy a cabinet in 2 weeks time. go take IPPT earn some money first haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1kid View Post
    ha thanx for the advise. likely to go buy a cabinet in 2 weeks time. go take IPPT earn some money first haha
    lol. good for you! hahaha, just do what you can with whatever you are using

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Does tupperware provide a hygrometer? Hardware shops sell them, of course. Heard about the cheapest being 10 bucks, usual prices are about 20+. Thirsty hiipo might be dirt cheap but you can't really control humidity. Silica gel is also cheap but less healthy. Add this to the catchlight's calculation then and the option "dry cabinet" becomes even clearer.
    octarine is right but you don't need to buy a big big one like 100L but maybe a 30 or 60L

    depending on how much gear you intend to get

    also remember not always will your gear be in your dry-box so it need not be so big

    but a dry-box is a one-off thing cos you will not need to get another one in the future

    worthy investment, since you already spend at least 1 grand on your gear
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    thanks for sharing. Where is it possible to buy brand new Akira dry cabinets?

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    Default Re: Ok to store ur camera in a air tight container?

    Just to share my experience with you guys.

    When I bought my DSLR, I thought keeping it in a Lock & Lock container would be good. I used a rechargeable silica gel and the colour of the silica gel changed from blue to pink in a few days.
    That means it's very humid in the container.

    When I bought the dry box, the RH (relative humidity) is not constant.
    It may vary on the location of where it is stored, and the silica gel is not so effective as it is kept longer.

    Finally, I got a dry cabinet. The RH can be kept constant and it's more worth it as compared to the dry box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterpeep View Post
    thanks for sharing. Where is it possible to buy brand new Akira dry cabinets?
    Cathay Photo sells them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    Cathay Photo sells them.
    ah, I think it was Akarui then, not Akira as posted on B&S? Thanks!

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    Get digi-cabi from http://www.digihub.com.sg/Uploads/pd...212463d3af.pdf
    Free delivery on same day if you call 64510010 in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    Cathay Photo sells them.
    they are actually the distributors of akarui dry cabinets, you can see the cathay photo sticker behind even if it is bought from another store

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    Guys dont flame me for posting this..

    I'm using a lock & lock as a dry box with thirsty hippo. I did not tear the thirsty hippo aluminum paper on top fully as it can be used to control the absorbtion rate. Just need to find a gd Hygrometer and play ard with the opening of the aluminum paper.

    Managed to get 40 to 45% consistantly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholaslsa View Post
    Guys dont flame me for posting this..

    I'm using a lock & lock as a dry box with thirsty hippo. I did not tear the thirsty hippo aluminum paper on top fully as it can be used to control the absorbtion rate. Just need to find a gd Hygrometer and play ard with the opening of the aluminum paper.

    Managed to get 40 to 45% consistantly...
    not to flame you. in the long run, your way is more ex.

    spent $105 on a dry cabinet, gets you a 5 year warranty.

    During these 5 years, how much you going to spent on thirsty hippo and the hassle of maintaining the consistently?

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