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    I have a Aipo digital dry cabinet and always store my gears in it when I am back home. I set my RH at 45, as recommended by most CSer.

    However recently, I picked up a copy of "Canon: 20 essential EF lenses for better photography" magazine. In page 62, if you happen to have a copy, it is recommended that the RH be set at below 40......quote "Your EF lenses should always be stored in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight and with humidity level below 40"

    Question: Should I readjust it to 40 or just continue to maintain at 45? I am concerned because have spent quite alot on this hobby and doesn't want to have gears deteriorating because of wrong setting on my dry cabinet.

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    Default Re: Humidity level for dry cabinet

    the recommendation in the dry cabinet instruction manuel is between 40% to 55% for cameras . . . so you are within range . . .

    my dry cabinet is not digital, so i 'agar agar' and it maintains at 40% . . .

    in my opinion, 45% is just right here . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerardo12 View Post
    I have a Aipo digital dry cabinet and always store my gears in it when I am back home. I set my RH at 45, as recommended by most CSer.

    However recently, I picked up a copy of "Canon: 20 essential EF lenses for better photography" magazine. In page 62, if you happen to have a copy, it is recommended that the RH be set at below 40......quote "Your EF lenses should always be stored in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight and with humidity level below 40"

    Question: Should I readjust it to 40 or just continue to maintain at 45? I am concerned because have spent quite alot on this hobby and doesn't want to have gears deteriorating because of wrong setting on my dry cabinet.
    I store mine at 38 to 39, near to below 40, not too far from 45.
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    Don't get anal about 5% RH.
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    Hmm, maybe I should set it to 40RH too, not too much of a hassle, just press the buttons.

    If I were to do that, just wonder do I need to take everything out and let it stabilize again before putting my gears in? That's what I do previously when I first bought....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerardo12 View Post
    If I were to do that, just wonder do I need to take everything out and let it stabilize again before putting my gears in? That's what I do previously when I first bought....
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    Default Re: Humidity level for dry cabinet

    you don't need to take your gears out . . . just set it.

    The first time is to ensure that your dry cabinet is working fine . . . cos it takes longer if you have your gears in the first time as it will contribute to the humidity . . . so you may think that your dry cabinet is not working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Think harder ... don't forget common sense.
    Ok got it....thanks for the tinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by weegk View Post
    you don't need to take your gears out . . . just set it.

    The first time is to ensure that your dry cabinet is working fine . . . cos it takes longer if you have your gears in the first time as it will contribute to the humidity . . . so you may think that your dry cabinet is not working.
    Thank you for your input. Really appreciate it.

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    hmm.. i just got a dry cabi today. will set it to 45.

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    mine is always at 50 haha
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    Hello bros,I keep my cabi at 50+,too dry will crack your strap hook made of plastic.toyo after 15 years still working good.
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    Default Re: Humidity level for dry cabinet

    40% is kind of like a good range already, and as a added precaution you can get another hygrometer from stores like handifix to confirm the RH in the dry cabinet my analogue hygrometer that comes with the digi-cabi registers about 10% lower than the electronic hygrometer that I purchase, so just practice some agar-ration!
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