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03-03-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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How do you store your gear?

Got lots of lenses and bodies? how do you store your gear when not in use?

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03-03-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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In a metal filing cabinet. Each lens and camera body has a silica gel pack stored with it, as well as bigger gel packs on each shelf. The closet also has a bigger dehumidifier.

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In a cabinet in the living room--it's got room for all the gear except the big lenses and 'pods. I have plastic drawers for the various accessories. I keep the lenses uncased for the sake of air circulation. I keep a dehumidifier in there with them.
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All over the place. Right now I'm in my little old adobe house on the Arizona-Sonora border with just a subset of gear -- a couple SLRs, maybe 50-60 lenses, tripod, etc. Lenses are stacked on shelves; other stuff is hanging from hooks. Not much room here.

At my main digs in the central Sierra Nevadas of California, I have an overstuffed office-studio lined with bookshelves. In front of many of the books are cameras, lenses, flashes, etc -- also atop those cabinets. Some shelves are inset with little drawer units stuffed with lenses. Tripods lean into dusty corners. Some gear resides in neglected camera bags until it's needed. Some overflows into other rooms, intermixed with stringed instruments, various electronic devices, etc. Order is an illusion.

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Lateral file cabinet drawer and table top in my home office. The lenses are primarily on the table top for air circulation. Can't live without air conditioning in the south so the humidity is fairly controlled.
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my gear is either in its bag (with silica) or spread all over the house, lol
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Right now a lot of it is on the Dining Room table and my wife is complaining that it needs to move down to my office. I am in the middle of changing everything around. I have a set of closet shelves that I sit items on with the empty boxes up top.

Humidity is not a problem for some reason here in the middle of the great Sonoran Desert.

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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
Humidity is not a problem for some reason here in the middle of the great Sonoran Desert.
Yeah, I don't worry much about condensation either at 3500ft in the Sierra Nevadas (California), nor at 5500ft here in Bisbee (Arizona), nor at 7000ft at San Cristobal (Chiapas Mexico) nor Chichicastenango (Guatemala) nor Santa Fe (New Mexico), nor at 10000ft in the upper suburbs of Zacatecas (Mexico) nor Cedar Breaks (Utah). Elevation cures moisture. Swampy lowlands suck. That includes upstate New York. I like high and dry places, thanks.

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I've got one of those big Buxton suit cases with a handle and wheels. In it : 10'x20' muslin backdrop, 2- Elinchrom strobes, tripod, lightstands, cords tap clamps, umbrella's and my camera bag with with my 2 cameras and stuff list below in my signature. Thing is the best! It's in my closet right now. When it's party time I wheel her out and go! If I'm just having fun, Open it up, grab the camera bag an go.
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I live in a high humidity (6 months at least) country so I have a dry cabinet. But I only have one body and 20ish lenses... they really aren't that expensive (<100) when you consider how much the rest of your gear costs.
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Plastic bags sealed with gel silica is my routine. Each bag placed into a plastic storage unit until needed.
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I don't have that many lenses, 9 at the moment. One is always on my K20D, whichever one was last used. The others sit in individual cases in a desk drawer, or sometimes are sitting on the desk. The camera is either sittin g on the desk or in a Lowepro camera bag that also contains spare batteries, an extra SDHC card, lens cloth, M42 adapter, and extra rear lens cap. Other bags and assorted filters, caps, odd tripods and things are in in storage compartments in bookcases, TV stands, and an ottoman in the same room as the desk. I keep my good tripod and a monopod in my car.
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Right now a lot of it is on the Dining Room table and my wife is complaining that it needs to move down to my office. I am in the middle of changing everything around. I have a set of closet shelves that I sit items on with the empty boxes up top.

Humidity is not a problem for some reason here in the middle of the great Sonoran Desert.


ahhh...that is me. Need to get it of the table.
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In a metal filing cabinet. Each lens and camera body has a silica gel pack stored with it, as well as bigger gel packs on each shelf. The closet also has a bigger dehumidifier.

Phil.

man....your a genius at storage!
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In camera bags with silica packs though I do try to make sure all my lenses get some light and air once in a while and we always have the AC on when it's humid, which is often. I've bought or been given a couple of lenses that had fungus but I don't keep those and (knock on wood) I haven't had any growing yet on the ones I use all the time.
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