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06-09-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Lens Storage with Kitty Litter

Now I know that a lens needs a dry and clean area for storage. I plan to store some of my old lenses with silica gel inside a plastic bag. Problem is, I'm a cheapo and need money for more lenses. So, since my cat's litter is made up of 80-100% silica, depending on which brand that I buy, and also around 30-50% cheaper in my area; I was wondering if it would be a cheaper alternative to the silica gel packets?

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The packets however are self contained whereas the kitty litter could possibly lead to dust inside the lens elements. unless you have a way of keeping that from happening I think the packets are still a better bet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrM Quote
Now I know that a lens needs a dry and clean area for storage. I plan to store some of my old lenses with silica gel inside a plastic bag. Problem is, I'm a cheapo and need money for more lenses. So, since my cat's litter is made up of 80-100% silica, depending on which brand that I buy, and also around 30-50% cheaper in my area; I was wondering if it would be a cheaper alternative to the silica gel packets?
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Have you ever noticed the clouds of fine dust that waft out of the bag when you pour kitty litter? Now, picture that dust getting in the lenses.

NOT a good storage solution.


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They also put all sorts of deodorising (etc) chemicals in Kitty Litter. Would hate to think how they might interact with a camera lense.

Apparently should not use it in BBQ trays either, for same reason

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Harbor freight has 5 pound boxes of silica gel for around $4. I don't know how good it is and if it can be dryed and reused. No way would I use something else.

You could always use rice. That way when it soaked up the moisture, the fungi would have something to feed on. (I'm kidding )

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Have you ever noticed the clouds of fine dust that waft out of the bag when you pour kitty litter? Now, picture that dust getting in the lenses.

NOT a good storage solution.


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Besides that, if your cats are like mine, they would just keep kicking it out of the litter box anyway.
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Besides that, if your cats are like mine, they would just keep kicking it out of the litter box anyway.
They would probably be wondering why there was a lens up in there. That opens up a whole new theory on lens yellowing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrM Quote
Now I know that a lens needs a dry and clean area for storage. I plan to store some of my old lenses with silica gel inside a plastic bag. Problem is, I'm a cheapo and need money for more lenses. So, since my cat's litter is made up of 80-100% silica, depending on which brand that I buy, and also around 30-50% cheaper in my area; I was wondering if it would be a cheaper alternative to the silica gel packets?

Go to your local Vet and ask if they would mind saving the packets from the pill bottles, they filled a shoe box in a month for me .
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Thanks guys. I'd be pretty miserable if I ruined any of my lenses. I think that I'll goto a Harbor Freight and pick up a few packs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrM Quote
Now I know that a lens needs a dry and clean area for storage. I plan to store some of my old lenses with silica gel inside a plastic bag. Problem is, I'm a cheapo and need money for more lenses. So, since my cat's litter is made up of 80-100% silica, depending on which brand that I buy, and also around 30-50% cheaper in my area; I was wondering if it would be a cheaper alternative to the silica gel packets?
I use these:



The are reusable and cost something like 8 dollars shipped off eBay.
When it's all used up(moisture absorption, they turn blue.
All you have to do to reactivate is dry them with a hair dryer 'till they turn orange again and you good to go.
I place two of these in a bin with all my lenses.
Depending on how often I open and close it, they last between 6 months to 1 year before needing a recharge.

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