not even kept in air-tight container with silica gel?
dry box is still safe right...?? coz dry cabinet is really expensive to me...
i bought my canon 50D about 3 weeks back. After paying the shop $2500 in cold hard cash, my heart ached.
I decided that I will save money and follow the "locknlock" method. So I drove to buy a 9L Lock N Lock and a bottle of blue silica gel.
I came home and told my mum that I am trying to save money. She said I was stupid and why did I not buy a $120 dry cabinet instead.
Now, 3 weeks later, I regret everyday when I see the Lock N Lock box. I could have used the money to buy a dry cabinet (about 20% of the price).
Just go and buy the dry cabinet, no need to worry about fungus (not that mine is growing any) but it is so convenient.
I am buying on on 20 October. Thats when pay day comes.
Canon 50D | BG-E2 Grip | EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS | EF 50mm f1.8 II
a dry cabinet is certainly not "really expensive" considering u r spending in the thousands for ur camera equipment, it's but a fraction of the cost...
but then alot of people are asking the qns "is it a MUST to use dry cabinet" the answer is of course "NO" but it's highly recommended, if it's a "MUST" then certainly all DSLR will be bundled with a dry cabinet liao... then they ask but dry box good enought? answer is "YES" but then u must monitor regularly n swap out the silica beads, if u don't do it n let RH rise above 55% then it's useless n couterproductive, cos u would be incubating ur eqipment in a nice constant RH n temp for the fungus to flourish
end of the day they just wanna save some money n hope to hear some form of positive feedback n encouragment that it's ok, but come on end of the day the choice is really up to u, no right or wrong one.
[QUOTE=tunge;5484618]really expensive or just unwilling to spend the money...
i think the dry cabinet does give a piece of mind when comes to storage of cam, lens and accessories. Servicing of lens due to fungus growth is time consuming and heart rendering. Power consumption of dry cab is abt 5-10 watts of electricity will comes to abt 1-2 dollars/mth. small price to pay in my mind. besides i can put other things in it ie video tapes of yester years ie wedding birthday etc.
my 2 cents
hopes this helps
it is not a MUST to get dry cabinet.......
IF you can find a very economy way, cost effective way, hassle free way, fool proof way, long term solution to keep fungus away from you camera lenses, than you don't need to get one,
else just do what other already suggested.
What can i store inside Dry Cabinet?
Still cameras, video cameras, lens, microscopes, telescopes, negatives, tapes, videos,
Various optic products, CD, DVD,VCD, hi-fi stereos, computer products, books, ancient
paintings, coins, stamps, money, art works.
Precise metal materials, electronics, pottery and porcelains, semiconductors, PC boards;
various precise instruments, metallic musical instruments, clothes, leather, gold and
silver; various treasure collections.
Herbal medicines, tea leaves, seeds, spices, pollen, medicinal materials, chemical raw