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Old 10-28-2013   #1
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Question What shall we use to store our camera?

I know that camera can't be put in the humid place. I put my camera in an ice box with some packets of silica gel inside. Shall I buy an expensive dry cabinet to store my camera? I don't have any money. Thank you

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Old 11-01-2013   #2
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Put a small light bulb in the refer to stay on all the time. Silica gel has to be renewed. There are humidity control cans you can that can be reused, ie; recycled by drying in your oven. Put a inexpensive humidity gauge in the refer and try to keep it below 50% and you should be good to go.
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Golfer, your response is a little vague. I speak English and i had a hard time following what you were explaining. KelvinTang is from Indonesia so I'm sure he's lost with what you just wrote.

Can you please elaborate?
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So long as you keep the camera in a cool dry place you should be okay. A closet is a good place. Keep your equipment in your camera bag as that also helps protect your equipment.
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Tat: Apologies, I was attempting to explain how to keep the refrigerator dry. Assuming the refrigerator is not operable, a light bulb will create enough heat to drive off the humidity without overheating the interior.
That being said, there are also reusable moisture wicking containers that can be placed inside the refrigerator to absorb moisture. These can be reused over and over by drying them out in an oven. In this case, you would not use a light bulb.
If this doesn't answer your questions, please ask and I will attempt to help.
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Tat: Apologies, I was attempting to explain how to keep the refrigerator dry. Assuming the refrigerator is not operable, a light bulb will create enough heat to drive off the humidity without overheating the interior.
That being said, there are also reusable moisture wicking containers that can be placed inside the refrigerator to absorb moisture. These can be reused over and over by drying them out in an oven. In this case, you would not use a light bulb.
If this doesn't answer your questions, please ask and I will attempt to help.
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I think you misunderstand. He's not asking about a refrigerator but rather his camera. He keeps the camera in a cooler (ice chest) and wanted to know how he could keep moisture out.

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Tat: My misunderstanding and apologies, I assumed the OP was talking about a unused refrigerator. That being said, the humidity control canisters might still be a good way to go. Something similar to this: Desiccants
A cooler may not be large enough for a light bulb.
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Keven, please don't double post. You have already posted this in the Photography Talk forum.

Go read my reply in the Photography Talk forum.
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Keven, please don't double post. You have already posted this in the Photography Talk forum.

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Cameras and lenses are two different situations. With a camera I would let it reach room temperature and then put it in a plastic ziplock type of bag or a plastic case with an o-ring like the ones from Pelican. With lenses I would want to use a plastic box with a tight lid and silica gel. You can refresh a gel packet after it changes color by putting it in a stove at low heat or in a microwave oven. Lenses are much more likely to have problems with moisture and the growth of fungus. Lens cases are the worst place to store a lens as there is no air flow and nothing to keep moisture out. If you are moving between an air conditioned room or vehicle and the outdoors or back inside it is a good idea to use a plastic bag on the camera and lens and give it time to reach the ambient air temp before removing it from the bag. I worry much more about the lenses than the cameras.


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