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    Default What to do?I am new :)

    Hi pros. im getting my 1st dslr( 1st camera as well) soon and I have read many posts. I basically down with 2 worries.

    Am I suppose to get a dry cabi? as I going to use it almost everyweek/days. I basically on aircon everynight and switch it off in the day.

    2nd. I am a budget student haha. and I see posts about filters. like UV filters. are they like "screen protector" of lens or i can jus stay with my usual lens cap?

    THanks for reading.

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    you can start with a dry box + sillica gel. Just keep the humidity at 40-45%... you can recharge the sillica gels by sunning them once they're used.

    As for UV filters, you can get decent Hoya ones at around $20+. Check out the stickies here, you should find what you need.

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    Perhaps you haven't read the right threads.

    A little bit of reading to help you get started.

    About dry box
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=771068

    DSLR guide for begginers
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245883

    What DSLR camera to buy
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=787393

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    Hi, welcome to CS.
    Yes, UV filters are like screen protectors for your front element.

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    get a dry cabi for long term saving and most imptly, a peaceful mind.

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    Welcome to CS

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    Quote Originally Posted by zkull View Post
    Hi pros. im getting my 1st dslr( 1st camera as well) soon and I have read many posts. I basically down with 2 worries.

    Am I suppose to get a dry cabi? as I going to use it almost everyweek/days. I basically on aircon everynight and switch it off in the day.

    2nd. I am a budget student haha. and I see posts about filters. like UV filters. are they like "screen protector" of lens or i can jus stay with my usual lens cap?

    THanks for reading.
    Ans no 1: get dry cabi, zero maintenance , peace of mind for your gears storage

    Ans no 2 : Get Uv filter to protection the lens from dust.

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    Welcome to CS

    Quote Originally Posted by zkull View Post
    Hi pros. im getting my 1st dslr( 1st camera as well) soon and I have read many posts. I basically down with 2 worries.

    Am I suppose to get a dry cabi? as I going to use it almost everyweek/days. I basically on aircon everynight and switch it off in the day.

    2nd. I am a budget student haha. and I see posts about filters. like UV filters. are they like "screen protector" of lens or i can jus stay with my usual lens cap?

    THanks for reading.
    Unless you're a pro photographer, or a very SERIOUS hobbyist, that might only be true at the initial stage when you're very 'hot' about photography after that you tend to pace yourself and the camera can be idle for short periods of time. Dry cabinet is the preferred option. Perhaps for now you can make do with regular usage, but do try and budget for a dry cabinet.

    UV filters are basically used for protecting the front element from scratches, etc. It really depends on how you feel about it. I prefer not to use them if possible.
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zkull View Post
    Hi pros. im getting my 1st dslr( 1st camera as well) soon and I have read many posts. I basically down with 2 worries.

    Am I suppose to get a dry cabi? as I going to use it almost everyweek/days. I basically on aircon everynight and switch it off in the day.

    2nd. I am a budget student haha. and I see posts about filters. like UV filters. are they like "screen protector" of lens or i can jus stay with my usual lens cap?

    THanks for reading.
    if you are on budget, just get a dry box.

    For filters, read this 2 links.
    http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article...ters_test.html
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263716
    prepare to spend anywhere between 20-60 for a decent uv filter. Main purpose nowsday for a uv filter is for protecting the front element of your lens. Some people don't use any uv filter. Some just use the hood for protection. It is your choice.
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    Hi. Good to get a dry cabinet.

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    Welcome to CS! Highly recommend to get a dry cab.

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    Welcome to CS

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    Hi, welcome to CS. Would recommend you get the dry cab. Save the worry and hassle of "maintaining" your dry box (change silica, check meter etc) or worrying if your gears are properly maintained, when the equipment is supposed to help you with that in the first instance.

    Keep shooting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zkull View Post
    Hi pros. im getting my 1st dslr( 1st camera as well) soon and I have read many posts. I basically down with 2 worries.

    Am I suppose to get a dry cabi? as I going to use it almost everyweek/days. I basically on aircon everynight and switch it off in the day.

    2nd. I am a budget student haha. and I see posts about filters. like UV filters. are they like "screen protector" of lens or i can jus stay with my usual lens cap?

    THanks for reading.
    Welcome to CS. ^^

    You are encourage to read more online, and join some newbie outings under the Outings subforum.

    Good start here:

    Camera basics
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309544
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...al-photography

    Composition
    http://www.amateursnapper.com/photog...position-rules
    http://digital-photography-school.co...mposition-tips
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...ps-illustrated

    Landscape Photography
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...pe-photography
    Hyperfocus

    Street Photography
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...t-photographer

    Basic Night Photography Tips
    http://www.schoolofphotography.com/c...esson.html#int

    More topics covered here:
    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm
    Understanding Stops and Exposure

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    Buying Guides for Newbie

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    Singapore Camera equipment price guides:
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=124

    Newbie guide to buying lenses:
    http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Guid...g_guide_01.htm

    Newbie guide to buying DSLR:
    http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Guid...g_guide_01.htm
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    Default Re: What to do?I am new :)

    Welcome. If you value your camera (which I am sure you do) then a dry cabinet is a wise investment. As for filters, some say you should buy while there are those who prefer to live without them.

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