Anything other than dry cabinet


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Autumnite

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hi guys is there any other way to store ur lens other than a dry cabinet? cause i living in a rented room and not so convenient to purchase a dry cabinet to keep lens... so got other ways to do it?
thanks in advance
 

michhy

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get a dry box. those that has silica gel, usually air-tight. sold in stores or bigger camera shops
 

Autumnite

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oic thanks! arnd how much does one cost?
 

michhy

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Autumnite said:
oic thanks! arnd how much does one cost?
It really depends on the size of the box.
Been 8 years since I bought one. Sorry man
 

exhibitj

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The NTUC at my place sells a dry box for $8.90. It can fit a dslr and a couple of mid size lens (not those ultr zoom lens).

Or you could try this:

Get small ziplock bags, roughy the size of a matchbox.
Fill it with silica gel beads and seal the small ziplock.
Poke holes in the ziplock bag. Call this the dessicant pack.

Place the small ziplock and your equipment (Camera/lens/etc) into a much larger ziplock bag and seal it. It should be a relatively dry environment for your equipment. Replace the dessicant pack weekly by making a new set of small ziplock and silica gel beads again.

Hope this helps!
 

ortega

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you can also use air tight plastic containers or biscuit tins.
place the selica gel in there to remove moisture
 

MyNikon

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I got the iCase drybox with hygrometer and silica pack from Carrefour at Suntec for under $30 a few months back.
Just big enough for my D70S and three lenses.
A bottle of silica gel sells for less than $4 at the camera section, if I can recall correctly.
I'm saving for a dry cabinet now as heating up the silica gel every now and then is really a chore.
At least to me it is.
 

Autumnite

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wow so much knowledge to maintain the lens :confused:
haha luckily i asked thanks guys for info!! Thanks alot!!
actually lets say i just got a new lens, then my kit lens can store without dry cabinet/box for how long b4 i need to go buy huh?
and the silica gel heat with what? and how frequently? if like say once a month i think shld be ok?

thanks again :)
 

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Don't take the risk, the cost of cleaning lens and camera can buy you a nice dry cabinet, it would take long for the lens to grow fungus in Singapore, especially you're not shooting everyday.
 

Dodo

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I had a dry box when I was in my twentys, tried to control the humidity inside the box with silica gel but found that it was a total waste of time.
Dry my silica gel in the sun but the moment I bring them back into the house, everything turns pink immediately. Maybe you can get better quality silica gel now.

I can't afford a dry box back then, too expensive. After fungus appear in my lens, I brought them to a shop that claims to be able to service camera and lens to have my lens clean.
They charge me about a hundred dollars I think but I can still see fungus inside my lens. I was too young and naive to argue with the shop keeper about it.
Dump my SLR camera and lens a few years later.

I think a dry cabinet is a good investment for your equipment, in the long run it saves you the headache of seeing your equipment being ruin. Save up for a cabinet, forget about the dry box.
 

DT_

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use hungry hippo....
 

fWord

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DT_ said:
use hungry hippo....
Of course, a dry cabi is best. But if forced by circumstance, or a stupid mistake (as in my case), then a dry box and a Thirsty Hippo is a possible option. So far the Hippo has been very reliable in my dry box...drops humidity quickly and consistently to a stable level, but the humidity does seem a little low.

Based on the advice that other CSers have given me in the past, a humidity of 40-50% is best.

Still, others recommend using your equipment regularly. A little time in the sun during normal shooting and access to fresh air also slows/ prevents mould growth.
 

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