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03-19-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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storing lenses.. using dessicants ??

i'm trying to avoid fungus (not on me) on any stored lenses...
even though i store unused lenses in as low a humidity and temperature environment... i was wondering if using those little silica gel packets would be
of any benefit.... any other ideas....


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for example.........................

Silica Gel Desiccant Dry Packs 125 Grams Storage Camera - eBay (item 180324541111 end time Mar-30-09 08:14:05 PDT)
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I'm not sure about the benefit of silica gel.

I don't store cameras and lenses in enclosed space. They are on open shelves attached to the walls of my study. They can collect dust, but I clean them periodically, and dust is much easier to handle.

With an open space, silica gel would help very little, if any.

Storing cameras and lenses in their cases, and/or in an enclosed space is asking for trouble, silica gel or no silica gel.
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I put mine in an air tight box, with silica gel pack.

The Air tight box is cheap from Korean supermarket, which their main purpose for storing Kim-Chi. I got a big air tight box which can put all my lens including 50-135 for only $6.99 Can.

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can you provide a pic of what your air lock box looks like, i've never heard of this...
thanks !!! dave m
also, how often do you change the silica gel pack (and where do u buy them)...
i also know there are different sizes of silica gel packs....
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcmsox2004 Quote
can you provide a pic of what your air lock box looks like, i've never heard of this...
thanks !!! dave m
also, how often do you change the silica gel pack (and where do u buy them)...
i also know there are different sizes of silica gel packs....
( read my last post also, i added some info of it )
I will take a pic of it when I got home, silica gel can be reused, you can mircowave them to get the water out of them.

How to reuse drying agents
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QuoteOriginally posted by vizjerei Quote
( read my last post also, i added some info of it )
I will take a pic of it when I got home, silica gel can be reused, you can mircowave them to get the water out of them.

How to reuse drying agents
Note 1: Microwaving or heating by any other method, silica gel packs that are made from any type of plastic, WILL MELT THE PLASTIC making the silicagel unusable. Better to get enough silicagel packs, open them and transfer crystals to paper envelopes. Better if using cotton cloth type bag packets.

Not 2: Air tight containers = TUPPERWARE from any local supermarket.
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thanks.... i'll give my wife my order at her next party...
i did found another post in the forum.....
what would i do without my daily 'forum'............
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Thanks rburgoss. I have no idea about those brand name of storage :P

dcmsox2004: There is also another thing, which is dry cabinet with temperature control and stuff.. of course it cost $, they are quite a norm in Asia (Hong Kong and other cities) as it is humidite in summer.
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I now live in high dry places, with lenses stored (maybe in loose cases or loose little cardboard boxes) in loose little Ikea CD cabinets. (Loose = nowhere near airtight.) When I lived in low moist places (SF, KC, NYC, LA) lenses & bodies & flashes etc resided in sealed Tupperware containers with silica gel. To dry the gel, follow directions to oven-bake, NEVER MICROWAVE! Nuking lenses & cams & flashes probably doesn't help them much, either.
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I was just contemplating this and searching the 'net recently. By googling for "dry box" I found everything from cheap Tupperware type containers to fishing/hunting boxes and dry bags to Pelican types to climate controlled boxes and cabinets.
I may go cheap and just get a plastic air tight bin of some sort, but I was tending toward getting something more useful like a Pelican case.
I already got some very nice aluminum, reusable silica packs from a coin dealer on fleabay.

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All you do to clean silica gel is run the faucet over it, regardless of the pak or pouch it's embedded on.

And a great thing to know:

The stuff removes moisture, so a nice amount of it in the proper pak is amazing to put in your refrigerator. It removes the moisture, which makes your fridge work a lot harder to maintain the same temp.

And because of less moisture, vegetables last A LOT longer.
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Another possibility is this item from Sportsman's Guide:

Remington Dehumidifier, Shooting Supplies, Remington at Sportsman's Guide

You can use it in a cabinet, safe, or other semi-sealed space.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
All you do to clean silica gel is run the faucet over it, regardless of the pak or pouch it's embedded on.
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haha...never heard that before.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
All you do to clean silica gel is run the faucet over it, regardless of the pak or pouch it's embedded on.
That may work to clean it, but unless you dry it out afterwards, you've just defeated it's purpose. Putting it in a warm oven will dry it out so it will again absorb moisture.
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