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07-27-2017, 08:01 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Silly Storage Ideas

While purchasing waterproof storage for my cameras and lenses at the Container Store, (SEE HERE: Weathertight Totes), I stumbled upon these very nice cylindrical food storage containers.





They are semi-hard plastic, food grade, waterproof gasket, and shaped like they could hold various sized lenses. I liked the simple round design and lack of dramatic tapering. Also appreciated is the BPA-free material which suggests no toxic out-gassing issues to damage lens coatings over long periods of time. Only 4.99 each, cheaper than most neoprene unless you buy the toxic stuff direct from China. After some quick smartphone searches for the dimensions of two popular lenses, I guessed that they might fit the 34 oz. version.

With two of them purchased and at home, I slid 16-50* lens inside with its lens shade attached backwards and it fit like a glove! On the other lens, I am using a 62-67mm step up ring with a 67mm rubber lens hood. Slid that one in the other container and, shazam, it also fit like it was made for it! I put a small silica gel pack in each one, sealed it up, and put them in my Lowe backpack for my next trip this weekend. I also figured that if the container was taller, a layer of black packing foam can be cut for the bottom and top. I do plan on putting some foam around the inside-bottom to hold the lens mounts in place to not stress what is being held snugly at the top.

What other stories out there and pics can you share for good storage ideas?? Hopefully something that can save money over traditional methods or better perfomance in some way.


P.S., For the larger Watertight Totes, I have purchased these small, oven-rechargeable silica humidity control packs from WalMart:
40g Indicating Silica Gel


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Those look great I think you're wise to put silica gel bags inside (and to change them frequently, of course), especially if you intend leaving the lenses in them for extended periods of time...
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I wouldn't call it a Silly Ideas. I think it is a great idea.
I go with a similar idea. I store lens (and its pouch + silica gel) in a Ziploc bag. 1 lens per one Ziploc bag then put all of them in a waterproof plastic box. It cheap and effective solution for me so far.I change Ziploc and silica gel once in a while though. Your solution is in fact looks better because you only have to change the silica gel and keep using the same plastic container. I will copy your idea
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Here's mine: Kern Paillard Yvar 12.5mm/f2.5 with Q/D-mount adapter stored in a pathology specimen jar with foam padding top and bottom. It is a very neat fit and displays the tiny Yvar very nicely. My pic doesn't do it justice. My only recommendation would be to use a new (unused) specimen jar - or who knows what fungus might grow on your lens!






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Looks like a good solution to protect the lens when travelling from knocks but for long term storage solution, ideally air should be circulating around the lens. If you do use them, you have to be absolutely religious about changing the silica gel packets.
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Plastic microcassette tape boxes make excellent SD card holders. After filing off the two prongs that hold the tape spools, each holder can store two stacks of four SD cards.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote
Plastic microcassette tape boxes make excellent SD card holders. After filing off the two prongs that hold the tape spools, each holder can store two stacks of four SD cards.
But, then what do you put your cassette tapes in?
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But, then what do you put your cassette tapes in?
LOL! The trash!

(They have 20-year-old recordings from conferences and business meetings)

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QuoteOriginally posted by timw4mail Quote
But, then what do you put your cassette tapes in?
QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote
LOL! The trash!
I've seen some nice SD card storage boxes online. If you remove the separators, you could fit a tape or two in those...

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QuoteOriginally posted by PJ1 Quote
Here's mine: Kern Paillard Yvar 12.5mm/f2.5 with Q/D-mount adapter stored in a pathology specimen jar with foam padding top and bottom. It is a very neat fit and displays the tiny Yvar very nicely. My pic doesn't do it justice. My only recommendation would be to use a new (unused) specimen jar - or who knows what fungus might grow on your lens!
So glad it is UNused jar! Looks like a perfect fit too!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pakinjapan Quote
I wouldn't call it a Silly Ideas. I think it is a great idea.
I go with a similar idea. I store lens (and its pouch + silica gel) in a Ziploc bag. 1 lens per one Ziploc bag then put all of them in a waterproof plastic box. It cheap and effective solution for me so far.I change Ziploc and silica gel once in a while though. Your solution is in fact looks better because you only have to change the silica gel and keep using the same plastic container. I will copy your idea
Just my wry or ironic sense of humor to name it this way. You could think "Silly" in quotes is more accurate. I think i got lucky since they fit perfectly, you may need strategic use of foam here and there.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Theov39 Quote
Looks like a good solution to protect the lens when travelling from knocks but for long term storage solution, ideally air should be circulating around the lens. If you do use them, you have to be absolutely religious about changing the silica gel packets.
Yes, very good point and I agree about air circulation. I am using these twist containers at the moment to transport inside my photo backpack. In the larger Watertight Totes storage, I always keep the tops off the containers and have started to use Indicating Silica Gel. In fact, I just bought something better than the first post from WalMart. There is a cheap way of buying blue indicating silica gel. I will put them inside 2 oz. glass salt shakers and put one inside each Watertight Tote. These crystals can be microwaved to make the indicator beads turn blue again. And cheaper at 1.5 lbs for $9.
LINK TO: Silica Gel Crystals

But I have been very surprised that glass salt shakers have gone WAY up in price over the years!

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Orange Silica Gel

UPDATE: Found out that Blue Indicating Silica Gel is toxic if inhaled or accidentally ingested but the Orange variety is supposedly non-toxic. And also the flower-drying crystals I bought are too fine to put into a tea bag or mesh bag. So, I am getting 2 Lbs. of Orange Indicating Silica Gel from eBay:

LINK TO: SilicaGelFactory

The beads are an industry standard size of 2-4mm each and will be perfect to fit into salt shakers or drawstring type bags for tea or aquarium filter mesh without falling out and making a mess! They are also a popular brand name called "Dry & Dry". Live and learn....
Shown with aquarium media filter bag with about 3 ounces of orange beads:


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