is this feasible?


gau55ian

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Hi all`~ jus want to ask a newbie question.. my friend suggested an alternative for drybox storage.
get a simple toyago box and throw those flat pack of thristy hippos from Giant~
i heard of ppl doing that.
but my concern is that feasible?? as in will it be too dry or not enough since there is no gauge.
any CS member doin this? sorry for asking yet another drybox question~ :)
 

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U can add a $2 daiso hygrometer to it if u want budget.

I once did that until I saved enuff for dry cabinet.

Would be much dryer than the recommended 45%. Might dry up lubricants in lenses if left too long, but how long is long? I dunno
 

Rashkae

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Also already discussed to death. It will require a lot of effort to maintain humidity and also costs money to buy new thirsty hippo. Just get a dry cabinet, no stress.
 

eleveninth

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just do it. if got fungus then u will know feasible or nt
 

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Hi all`~ jus want to ask a newbie question.. my friend suggested an alternative for drybox storage.
get a simple toyago box and throw those flat pack of thristy hippos from Giant~
i heard of ppl doing that.
but my concern is that feasible?? as in will it be too dry or not enough since there is no gauge.
any CS member doin this? sorry for asking yet another drybox question~ :)
buy a 30L dry cabinet. - <$120. Period.
 

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Hi all`~ jus want to ask a newbie question.. my friend suggested an alternative for drybox storage.
get a simple toyago box and throw those flat pack of thristy hippos from Giant~
i heard of ppl doing that.
but my concern is that feasible?? as in will it be too dry or not enough since there is no gauge.
any CS member doin this? sorry for asking yet another drybox question~ :)
spend your time and effort on taking photos
don't waste time and effort on this, just get a dry cabinet.
 

gau55ian

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I used to do that. No sweat.
so its feasible? i mean for only a simple dslr with kit lens and nothing else..
was thinking it as a simple solution until u have plenty of equipments then get a dry cabinet.

but seems like the answer is clear.. dont waste ur time lolz
 

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Yes. It is a simple solution that works, especially when you do not have a lot of equipment. You usually need to switch the dehumidifier every 6 months or so.

I don't think the risk is that great, unless you neglect it for a year or so. By which the camera, working or not, is probably meaningless to you anyway, having neglected it for over a year.
 

klim828

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buy a 30L dry cabinet. - <$120. Period.
Not always about the money, but also ergonomics of your house.

I have no room for a dry cabi, well, no space which is near an electric socket. The only space I have is the floor, but I have curious kids and a curious dog, so that's not an option either!

So I'm forced to use a drybox stuffed with a lot of the humid eating packs!
 

Rashkae

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Not always about the money, but also ergonomics of your house.

I have no room for a dry cabi, well, no space which is near an electric socket. The only space I have is the floor, but I have curious kids and a curious dog, so that's not an option either!

So I'm forced to use a drybox stuffed with a lot of the humid eating packs!
Dry cabinets come with a key. Drycabinets also make a convenient bedside table. :)
 

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Not always about the money, but also ergonomics of your house.
I have no room for a dry cabi, well, no space which is near an electric socket. The only space I have is the floor, but I have curious kids and a curious dog, so that's not an option either!
So I'm forced to use a drybox stuffed with a lot of the humid eating packs!
Check the website: Digihub Singapore
Do you see the big lock at the door? My Ginger tomcat has managed to open his cage, but not this door lock.
 

Gnabster

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Depending on your gear and seriousness in photography (As most "more" serious photog will have a drybox).

If yours value of camera is less then say $1k, it might not be that justifiable to buy a dry cabi. Anything that is mid range to good camera, it pays to buy a dry cabi to keep your gears out from fungus. Examples are Nex-5N, Canon 60D, Nikon D7000 above? Just my personal opinion :)
 

klim828

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Check the website: Digihub Singapore
Do you see the big lock at the door? My Ginger tomcat has managed to open his cage, but not this door lock.
That thing looks huge! Definitely don't have room for that! I don't know where you guys live, but I bought one of the newer and hence, smaller BTOs. I really don't have space for a digicab, I've tried and measured and failed.

Anyway, I don't have that much equipment and the drybox is good enough for now, if I get better equipment, I'll also need to get a better house!
 

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That thing looks huge! Definitely don't have room for that! I don't know where you guys live, but I bought one of the newer and hence, smaller BTOs. I really don't have space for a digicab, I've tried and measured and failed.

Anyway, I don't have that much equipment and the drybox is good enough for now, if I get better equipment, I'll also need to get a better house!
Its not that big. If you read the specs, all you need is a 30cmX30cm space for it to stand on. I'm sure you don't need to move house for a 30cmX30cm space :bsmilie:
 

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unless you think your camera is disposable, I don't think how much can you save for not getting one dry cabinet from the start,
once your camera/lenses "infected" by fungus, the value camera/lenses will drop significantly, nobody will buy camera/lenses "infected" by fungus unless is dirt cheap, if you send for cleaning, it will definitely cost more than one mini size dry cabinet. so what is there to save?

and why we also recommend dry cabinet than dry box? cos most human are lazy, you can do the checking and maintaining the dry box for one month two months, but after awhile, you may don't even go out for shoots, and forgotten about the camera too...
beside, you spend $30 or $40 on a dry box, so when you "upgrade" to a dry cabinet, it only cost around $120.00 for a basic model, not $500.00, what is there to save? in the end you will spend total $40 + $120 in the end, unless you have budget issue, you should get a dry cabinet. don't waste time wast effort and waste money.
 

Blur Shadow

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catchlights said:
unless you think your camera is disposable, I don't think how much can you save for not getting one dry cabinet from the start,
once your camera/lenses "infected" by fungus, the value camera/lenses will drop significantly, nobody will buy camera/lenses "infected" by fungus unless is dirt cheap, if you send for cleaning, it will definitely cost more than one mini size dry cabinet. so what is there to save?

and why we also recommend dry cabinet than dry box? cos most human are lazy, you can do the checking and maintaining the dry box for one month two months, but after awhile, you may don't even go out for shoots, and forgotten about the camera too...
beside, you spend $30 or $40 on a dry box, so when you "upgrade" to a dry cabinet, it only cost around $120.00 for a basic model, not $500.00, what is there to save? in the end you will spend total $40 + $120 in the end, unless you have budget issue, you should get a dry cabinet. don't waste time wast effort and waste money.
Haha! Dry boxes aren't that expensive lah! It tends to be around $16 - $20.
 

sin77

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U replenish dehumidifier materials may be more expensive than the electricity for dry cabinet, not even mentioning the convenience n peace of mind from using dry cabinet. It is really a no brainer subject matter.
 

timwongek

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been using thirsty hippo for years. no problem. one tub can last a long time. try not to buy those with fragrances though. just buy a hygrometer to monitor. have never got any fungus on my lenses. btw, just get a air tight tuperware. no need to buy dry box unless u get one w a built in hygrometer.
 

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gau55ian

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thx to all who shared their feedback.. those who thinking of doing this can use the info shared as a guide.
hassle free = get a dry cabinet

btw which daiso sells the hygrometer? anyone knows?
 

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