Canon 550D + Sigma 17-70 + Canon 70-300 + Canon 50/1.8 + Nissin Di866 + Benro A1691T
yes i do keep my stuff in a dry box.
but like many CSers here, i believe that frying the silica beads will have no positive effect on health, no amount of money saved will be enough for lung cancer treatment.
i have a practice of using a bottle per 2 months, and discarding the contents for a new bottle when its depleted and used.
hope this helps.
PS: i'm using a lock'n'lock box.
I started off with Tupperware... No shame in that. Just more time-consuming to maintain.
ya no shame in using tupperware or anything that keeps the content sealed
just one advise when you are using silica gel beads........ first couple of months sure you will be Siao On and keep it fresh
half a year or 2 LATER ...... you might start getting lazy or forgetful ........ THATs when your equipt will get into problems with fungus
the undried sweat from your camera strap alone is going to turn your beads pink very very quickly and kill your equipt
If you're thinking of getting a dry-box and save up money for a dry-cab like i do, you can get it at MS colour at AMK hub for $23 which i'm getting tomorrow.
wow! thanks guys for all your invaluable tips...even health ones too
Just note for the newbies again.
If you decided to do this method.
Please note that the amount of silica gel varies to achieve the required level.
If you have one body and one lens, the amount to put is different with one body and 3 lens.
Too much cannot (become too dry), Too little cannot (not effective).
So why have so much headache over this?
Just get a dry cabinet to solve your problem and put your concentration on shooting instead of doing 'calculation' after each shoot.
It is not so much as how much it is worth in B&S. It is the perceived worth of the equipment to the owner.
I have a wooden camera handed down by my grandfather. It does not worth a cent in the B&S. However, the body has been molested by famous people who made history before I was even born.
What i meant was probably that fella's film camera (i assume it should be the case) is only worth a few hundred bucks, but if the camera kana fungus, he can just buy a new digital camera without feeling any pinch since its high time.
But TS's camera may cost a few thousand bucks, repair not worth, buy new one heartache.
I have been using tupperware (large size that accommodates one dslr with kit lens and one additional lens) and a bottle of silica gel for years. Just buy a new bottle of gel when old ones turn pink - no hassle. No problems with fungus so far.
Fungus takes years to build before its visible under the eyes.
It may be just a little speck of spot which you will not notice and think its just dust.
This is just a misconception (" If you can't see it, means its 'OK' ") that most ppl have.
Ahya... you don't get it. That film camera is his pride an joy even if it has no value. Got fungus then got fungus lah. Still can take picture what.
I also got film camera, now no value. Don't know where got sell film. But everyday still take it out and pretend take a picture and kiss it good night. This is everything to a old man like me.
Imagine u spend thousands to get a camera and kana fungus, yes, still can take picture, but the fungus will affect your picture quality for sure and also, do u think its ok to repair? Fungus cannot be removed totally FYI.
anyway no point to drag this discussion.
if u want to risk your equipment that is worth thousands, its your choice!
my motto is always the same, dun buy a DSLR if you cannot afford a dry cabinet (to protect your equipment).
Waiting for the gels to turn pink then change is too late. Based on my experience and observation, when the gels turns nearly pink, you should change already cos the PH level already rapidly increases.
Just another note to dry box users:
i. How long can you keep up with this change of silica gel procedure (like ed mentioned on this thread), what if suddenly for a period you are so busy that you forget? Keeping an air tight container with your expensive equipments with high humidity level is suicidal!
ii. How do you know if you put in the correct amount? Like hope107fm, i believe, he used the whole bottle, but i think thats overkill and will cause the drybox to be too dry. Remember the point i say? Too much is not good (too dry), Too little is not good (not efficient).
iii. Health problems? This i don know.
So why not just get a $100 odd dry cabinet to save all these headaches??? Makes sense right?
the side effects of too dry can includes:
1. as mentioned, rubber will crack (Note: this is not an immediate effect, it only happens when u keep for too long under dry condition)
2. oil on your lens will dry up and hence when u focus, it may gives you problem.