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    anybody who doesn't keep your lenses/body in a dry box when not in use? What do you use in place to prevent it from getting mouldy?

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    the best prevention against fungus is constant use

    if u use your cam and lens very very often, just leave it in your camera bag.

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    just to share. I'm new btw.

    my precious kr is a week old, I'm keeping my camera in an $8 airtight container and threw in a small packet of carrefour branded thirsty hippo white stuff. I use cardboard partition inside the container to organize my lenses and body neatly and some of the bubble plastic thing to wrap the walls of the partition. The only thing I'm missing now is a cheap analog hygrometer. Many ppl said it is necessary to keep the humidity lvl within 40 to 50% to prevent fungus growth and rubber crack.

    Its been a week, I've looked into many stores I've known such as home fix etc but they don't sell analog hygrometer anymore. Digital hygrometer is between $30 to $60 so I didn't grab it. Its frustrating and I wished I've invested a $20++ dry box instead of spending so much time hunting for obsolete things and risking fungus attacking my precious.

    I've been checking my small packet of carrefour branded thirsty hippo white stuff but it has been dry since day 1. Not sure if this is due to low humidity in my room or because the white stuff is not working at all. Anyway, I've been playing with my precious everyday, so I'm not intending to get a super duper container to store it away for now.

    I'm sure many pro will say this is not wise to take care of my camera, but I'm just going to stay stubborn, wait till mushroom grow and then I learn my lesson. I'll let you know the result of my experiment maybe in a few months.

    Meanwhile, if anyone knows where to get a cheap Analog Hygrometer in SG, please please please PM me or reply in this thread. Thanks
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    Try daiso. My Hippo also stay dry till now after 2 weeks of opening it fyi
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    Quote Originally Posted by LevelZer0 View Post
    just to share. I'm new btw.

    my precious kr is a week old, I'm keeping my camera in an $8 airtight container and threw in a small packet of carrefour branded thirsty hippo white stuff. I use cardboard partition inside the container to organize my lenses and body neatly and some of the bubble plastic thing to wrap the walls of the partition. The only thing I'm missing now is a cheap analog hygrometer. Many ppl said it is necessary to keep the humidity lvl within 40 to 50% to prevent fungus growth and rubber crack.

    Its been a week, I've looked into many stores I've known such as home fix etc but they don't sell analog hygrometer anymore. Digital hygrometer is between $30 to $60 so I didn't grab it. Its frustrating and I wished I've invested a $20++ dry box instead of spending so much time hunting for obsolete things and risking fungus attacking my precious.

    I've been checking my small packet of carrefour branded thirsty hippo white stuff but it has been dry since day 1. Not sure if this is due to low humidity in my room or because the white stuff is not working at all. Anyway, I've been playing with my precious everyday, so I'm not intending to get a super duper container to store it away for now.

    I'm sure many pro will say this is not wise to take care of my camera, but I'm just going to stay stubborn, wait till mushroom grow and then I learn my lesson. I'll let you know the result of my experiment maybe in a few months.

    Meanwhile, if anyone knows where to get a cheap Analog Hygrometer in SG, please please please PM me or reply in this thread. Thanks
    Bro, there alot of hygrometer selling in EBAY just $4 - $10
    I Got my-self an analog and a digital hygrometer, both work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxrenxx View Post
    Try daiso. My Hippo also stay dry till now after 2 weeks of opening it fyi
    u mean daiso sells analog hygrometer? I've popped in PS's branch but no luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by nameless1 View Post
    Bro, there alot of hygrometer selling in EBAY just $4 - $10
    I Got my-self an analog and a digital hygrometer, both work fine.
    nice! maybe I'll try, this might be my first time buying things from there. thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by LevelZer0 View Post
    I'm sure many pro will say this is not wise to take care of my camera, but I'm just going to stay stubborn, wait till mushroom grow and then I learn my lesson. I'll let you know the result of my experiment maybe in a few months.
    one thing i can never understand abt pple is why they can bear to spend so much money on a DSLR and lenses, but refuse to spend a fraction of that on a simply dry cabinet

    u call the camera "your precious" but u're willing to let it grow fungus?

    i have only 1 thing to say: 你开心就好

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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    one thing i can never understand abt pple is why they can bear to spend so much money on a DSLR and lenses, but refuse to spend a fraction of that on a simply dry cabinet

    u call the camera "your precious" but u're willing to let it grow fungus?

    i have only 1 thing to say: 你开心就好
    but he said he is playing with it everyday. I dont see a point in putting it back into the dry cabinet if he uses it everyday. By the time the humidity level stabilized, he would be opening the dry cabinet already.

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    For the hygrometer bought from eBay , make sure u test the reading 1st .( best if compare with a dry cabinet hygrometer) my friend bought 1 and his reading was Always 10% higher then dry cabinet .
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    I am putting my kx in a challenger $30+ dry box with hydrometer.
    At first I use silicon but it only last for about 1 week and the humidity will be more than 60%. Now I am using those daiso moist removal refill pack. More than 3 weeks already and the humidity is still less than 50%.
    Cheap and good solution for those who doesn't want to invest too much

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    Quote Originally Posted by liveevil View Post
    but he said he is playing with it everyday. I dont see a point in putting it back into the dry cabinet if he uses it everyday. By the time the humidity level stabilized, he would be opening the dry cabinet already.
    i already said earlier: if u use it every day, yes, no need to buy dry box / cabinet. just put in the bag.

    but that only applies to your camera and the lens u use most often. as your setup grows, you will need to protect your investments. will u put a $1000 lens in a cheapo tupperware with hungry hippo?

    its the scalability of the solution that i have issues with: want to protect camera and equipment, buy a proper dry cabinet. otherwise, just don't buy. waste time, waste money to hunt for this, that, and all for a solution that is neither here nor there.

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    Daiso at vivocity have....

    only $2.

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    A drycabinet is far more convenient to open/close than those cheap airtight container, and it won't cost more than 100 for a smaller one. The best investment for anyone who likes to keep his/her photo gear clean and dry for long.

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    You can buy the hydrometer from here, free shipping
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6734
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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    i already said earlier: if u use it every day, yes, no need to buy dry box / cabinet. just put in the bag.

    but that only applies to your camera and the lens u use most often. as your setup grows, you will need to protect your investments. will u put a $1000 lens in a cheapo tupperware with hungry hippo?

    its the scalability of the solution that i have issues with: want to protect camera and equipment, buy a proper dry cabinet. otherwise, just don't buy. waste time, waste money to hunt for this, that, and all for a solution that is neither here nor there.
    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    A drycabinet is far more convenient to open/close than those cheap airtight container, and it won't cost more than 100 for a smaller one. The best investment for anyone who likes to keep his/her photo gear clean and dry for long.
    Totally agreed

    say 1 dry cabinet = $100 with 5 yrs warranty

    it mean $20 per yr
    $20/12 = less then $2 per month .

    with that u save a lot of trouble . Beside in long run , I dun think the dry hippo method will save u any money
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersimon27 View Post
    Totally agreed

    say 1 dry cabinet = $100 with 5 yrs warranty

    it mean $20 per yr
    $20/12 = less then $2 per month .

    with that u save a lot of trouble . Beside in long run , I dun think the dry hippo method will save u any money
    the biggest value preposition is peace of mind! that one is more than worth the cost already...

    i'm thinking of getting a bigger one leh collection growing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    the biggest value preposition is peace of mind! that one is more than worth the cost already...

    i'm thinking of getting a bigger one leh collection growing...
    How big is yrs now ? Mine is the 48l digital one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersimon27 View Post
    How big is yrs now ? Mine is the 48l digital one
    My dri-cabi is 120 litres. More than enough to store any Pentax poison
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersimon27 View Post
    How big is yrs now ? Mine is the 48l digital one
    Akarui medium size one. 50+ L i think. not quite enough space for the bigger lenses in my collection. Also want more racks so i can organise things better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    My dri-cabi is 120 litres. More than enough to store any Pentax poison
    wow 120l very big leh maybe detritus can consider .... lol

    for me 48l just good (as of now) . top rack 3 lenses , middle rack body , Last rack 3 more lenses.
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