Dry box VS electronic dry cabin?


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oneheart

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Hi, i just got my dslr 2 weeks ago, heard fr some people that i need to get a dry cabin within 3 months.. can anyone tell me more abt the diff between dry box n dry cabin? what is the price like if i'm on a tight budget?
 

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Hi, i just got my dslr 2 weeks ago, heard fr some people that i need to get a dry cabin within 3 months.. can anyone tell me more abt the diff between dry box n dry cabin? what is the price like if i'm on a tight budget?
Dry Box (lost cost):

20 to 30 bucks
smaller capacity
uses silicon gel (troublesome)


Electronic Dry Cabinet (high cost):

around 100 bucks
bigger capacity
uses electricity (convenient)


personally i'm using dry box. being using it for quite some time, well, it gets the job done i say.
 

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Dry Box (lost cost):

20 to 30 bucks
smaller capacity
uses silicon gel (troublesome)


Electronic Dry Cabinet (high cost):

around 100 bucks
bigger capacity
uses electricity (convenient)


personally i'm using dry box. being using it for quite some time, well, it gets the job done i say.
Silica Gel ~$4 a bottle, lasts you between a few weeks to a few months depending on usage, add a digital hygrometer to ensure you're at the right humidity == ~$20-30 == total startup costs up to $70. A lot of trouble making sure u have the right amount of silica gel, replacement etc. Also, a $20-30 box might just barely fit your DSLR body + 1 lens + some accessories.

Dry cab typically comes with built-in hygrometer, doesnt use more electricty than a light bulb.
 

oneheart

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Silica Gel ~$4 a bottle, lasts you between a few weeks to a few months depending on usage, add a digital hygrometer to ensure you're at the right humidity == ~$20-30 == total startup costs up to $70. A lot of trouble making sure u have the right amount of silica gel, replacement etc. Also, a $20-30 box might just barely fit your DSLR body + 1 lens + some accessories.

Dry cab typically comes with built-in hygrometer, doesnt use more electricty than a light bulb.
so personally u would recommend the dry cabinate? it last longer, less troublesome.. prob abt the same price as the dry cabin + gel + hygrometer? bigger in capacity?
 

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Silica Gel ~$4 a bottle, lasts you between a few weeks to a few months depending on usage, add a digital hygrometer to ensure you're at the right humidity == ~$20-30 == total startup costs up to $70. A lot of trouble making sure u have the right amount of silica gel, replacement etc. Also, a $20-30 box might just barely fit your DSLR body + 1 lens + some accessories.

Dry cab typically comes with built-in hygrometer, doesnt use more electricty than a light bulb.
Blue Silica gel is only $4 per bottle. But FYI, it is contain Cobalt Chloride for blue humidity indicator. Cobalt Chloride known as carcinogen.

It is better safe than sorry. Buy Electronic Dry Cab.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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Silica Gel ~$4 a bottle, lasts you between a few weeks to a few months depending on usage, add a digital hygrometer to ensure you're at the right humidity == ~$20-30 == total startup costs up to $70. A lot of trouble making sure u have the right amount of silica gel, replacement etc. Also, a $20-30 box might just barely fit your DSLR body + 1 lens + some accessories.

Dry cab typically comes with built-in hygrometer, doesnt use more electricty than a light bulb.
I bed to differ. in terms of cost, the 20 to 30 price range is already inclusive of a bottle of silicon gel, a build in hygrometer, as well as the dry box inself. If I were quoted 70 bucks for a dry box I will definitely get a dry cabinet instead, no doubt, cabinet is better.

some personal experience:

gaging the amount of silicon gel is not as hard as it seems, basically all i did is fill up the little container meant for it and there it goes, around 42%RH. for my area it last about 3 weeks before it reaches 55%.

well capacity wise depends on individuals, i can fit it a 350D, a kit lens, a sigma 18-200, a canon A95 plus a stack of old notes which i wanna preserve! cant afford for new lens, so not in issue. :D

in addition, silicon gel is reuseable, once it loses its 'dryness', just heat it with a microwave and its 'dry' again. :D
 

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Blue Silica gel is only $4 per bottle. But FYI, it is contain Cobalt Chloride for blue humidity indicator. Cobalt Chloride known as carcinogen.

It is better safe than sorry. Buy Electronic Dry Cab.

Regards,
Arto.
not sure about the chemical reaction, if the TS is worry about this, better get a dry cab.
 

oneheart

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thanks everyone, both of ur suggestions r good, at least now i know the pros n cons of each..
 

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