Must I buy a dry cabinet or box?


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lszomb

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Have bought camera one week ago. Since my room is too small to put in another cabinet, I dont buy that. Currently, I keep my camera in my office with 24 hours air-con. Must I buy a dry cabinet to put my gear in? Does the air-con is helpful for prevent the fangi to grow on my lens? any comments?

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Alex
 

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lszomb said:
Have bought camera one week ago. Since my room is too small to put in another cabinet, I dont buy that. Currently, I keep my camera in my office with 24 hours air-con. Must I buy a dry cabinet to put my gear in? Does the air-con is helpful for prevent the fangi to grow on my lens? any comments?

Thanks in advance.

Alex
harlo! eh... i dunno abt u. but, keeping in an air-con room will cause your camera to have condensation when u bring it out of the air-con room to a normal, room temprature environment - ie. fungus will grow and not to mention corrosion to your electronics. at the minimum, use an air-tight tupperware with silca gel to store your camera.
 

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Thank you for you advice.
I am definitely a newbie here and the photography.
So, I need learn lots of things from the forums.
Thanks again.
 

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nightwolf75 said:
harlo! eh... i dunno abt u. but, keeping in an air-con room will cause your camera to have condensation when u bring it out of the air-con room to a normal, room temprature environment - ie. fungus will grow and not to mention corrosion to your electronics. at the minimum, use an air-tight tupperware with silca gel to store your camera.
I think condensation only forms if you take your camera through quick temperature changes (ie cold room -> warm room or vice versa). If you want to avoid condensation when you're gonna take your camera between places with large differences in temperature - place it in a camera bag, and when you go to the new environment, allow the camera to slowly aclimatise before pulling it out of the bag.

Having it in an air-conditioned room 24hrs is actually alright, since the humidity is usually around 40% in such environments. Just make sure the is enough air circulation and you take your camera out often to shoot pictures !
 

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gooseberry said:
I think condensation only forms if you take your camera through quick temperature changes (ie cold room -> warm room or vice versa). If you want to avoid condensation when you're gonna take your camera between places with large differences in temperature - place it in a camera bag, and when you go to the new environment, allow the camera to slowly aclimatise before pulling it out of the bag.

Having it in an air-conditioned room 24hrs is actually alright, since the humidity is usually around 40% in such environments. Just make sure the is enough air circulation and you take your camera out often to shoot pictures !
yup, true. a bag might help a bit. but, since u've already invested so much $$$ in a camera, a $90-$100+ dry box is the least u can spend to protect ur investment? ;)

anyway, sometimes u won't have to time to aclimatise ur cam. there's once when i took my cam out from my car into a mulitstorey car park and found condesation on the lens. and my cam was in a bag, my car aircon wasn't dat cold either. so, IMO, dun risk damaging ur cam lah.
 

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actually depends on wat kind of camera also...if dc....juz put it in ya drawer or something ..... if slr then get a dry box haha...
 

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lszomb said:
Have bought camera one week ago. Since my room is too small to put in another cabinet, I dont buy that. Currently, I keep my camera in my office with 24 hours air-con. Must I buy a dry cabinet to put my gear in? Does the air-con is helpful for prevent the fangi to grow on my lens? any comments?

Thanks in advance.

Alex
wat camera u brought n wat accessories u have currently? any plans for future expansion ?
 

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I am currently using 2 x Ziploc Bags + Silica gel tied in a Sock. It works for me so you might want to consider that.
 

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Ratio the $ you spent on your equipment and see if 5-10% of the cost of all your equipment warrants and justifies for a dry cabinet or not.

Some money cannot be saved. I know of people who has one at home and one in office. :)
 

lszomb

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thanks you all for your help.
Currently, I only have one set of D70 with kit lens and a lowepro camera bag, no other equipments.
In the further one year, maybe I will buy one or two new lens.
For the condensation, I think it is a topic that every one should concern about whether you have dry cabinet or not. I will take care when I get my camera out from the air-con room thanks :). For the problem of dry box, I concern the humidity more than the temperature. After thinking over, maybe my problem is not a "problem", since nothing can stop me to buy a dry cabinet other than my small room...
Thanks again for your professional advice :)
 

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Besides the whole condensation thing, there's a small matter of FUNGUS?

This is really nasty stuff, you'll know when you see it - it looks like a spider web is forming on your lens. So best to invest the money to protect your equipment.
 

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lszomb said:
Have bought camera one week ago. Since my room is too small to put in another cabinet, I dont buy that. Currently, I keep my camera in my office with 24 hours air-con. Must I buy a dry cabinet to put my gear in? Does the air-con is helpful for prevent the fangi to grow on my lens? any comments?

Thanks in advance.

Alex

Friend, if you only have one camera. buy a "lock an lock" air tight tupper ware like container from cold storage. $10+ and i bottle of silica gel from camera shop. the blue bead will absorb the moisture... microwave it when it turn pink and it can be reuse. silica $3.5....

always closed your tupperware immediately after you take out or out in your stuff.

My $13.50 lasted me 2 years.

you can keep the tupperware in a cupboard or something.... most important, save space.
 

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Yes, a dry cabinet is always advisable to prevent fungus growth - since you can get a 30L one for $70-100, quite cheap, but a dry cabinet alone won't prevent fungus - need to make sure your equipment is taken out regularly and used.

I was commenting more on the condensation forming when taking the camera from an air-conditioned room and outside, and just suggesting a way to prevent it from happening with the use of a camera bag.
 

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