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    Hi,

    I wonder what you forum members use for storing your cameras and lenses? I live in a warm, humid place, and other cameras I've had developed some fungus. I would really prefer that my H4D-50 and several lenses don't do that.

    So I wonder what suggestions any of you may have, like particular makes of dry cabinets etc.

    Thanks in advance.

    Richard Naismith

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    Weather Proof Pelican Case? Should keep moisture out.

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    A Pelican case with a bunch of silica gel packets thrown in would probably do the trick.

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    Re: Storing Equipment

    I use Peli Case 1510 for my H4D-50, 3 lenses and all necessary equipment like battery, light meter, gray card, extensions tube, filters etc. For day trip I use Think Tank Retroperspective 30.

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    Try, Zorb-It | Zorb-It moisture & humidity control packets

    Otherwise, I'd look at a dry cabinet.

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    I just use different size of ziplock plastic bags with silica gel packets thrown in for lenses and camera, and keep them in a regular wooden cabinet which is away from both direct sun and the source of humidity. Re-activate silica gel once every 6 months or so by baking them in an oven. Inexpensive but very effective, I think.

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    Dry box, HK is very humid and would not take a chance when you can get a low power peltier dry box for < US$100.

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    If you use cases with foam in them, you should be adding a dessicant and check it regularly. The foam contains moisture and will ruin your equipment over the long haul.

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    Wow I'm surprised. I always thought that dry cabinets were the way to go for photographers all over the world.

    Didn't know pelican cases do the trick as well. Any idea where can I find such information to back it up?

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    The US army uses pelican cases to hold their much more expensive weapons, computer systems, etc. And they bring their pelican cases all over the world. If they trust their equipment in them that costs WELL over the price of our medium format gear, than I am sure your lenses should be OK inside



    Quote Originally Posted by bythewei View Post
    Wow I'm surprised. I always thought that dry cabinets were the way to go for photographers all over the world.

    Didn't know pelican cases do the trick as well. Any idea where can I find such information to back it up?

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    Peli 1510 with silica gel......amazing cases

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    Pelican cases are indeed very good cases. But I doubt that the US Army uses them for humidity control, but rather protection of equipment during deployments, and more often than admitted---rougher treatment than *ahem* baggage handlers at American Airlines.

    For storage in more humid environments, it may require a bit more care than just a case with an o-ring. Nothing beats regular use and maintenance of your equipment.

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    Thank you all for the input. Much appreciated.

    All the best.

    Richard Naismith

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    I just received a nice Pelican case yesterday and the instructions tell you to use silica pacs and to check them regularly. You'll be recharging them quite a bit in the beginning, but it will slow down after a while.

    Joel

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