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08-09-2016, 11:53 AM   #1
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Left lens out in the rain!!

Left my lens out in the rain and it's got "fog" on the inside. Do you need to replace it? or can I try and salvage it?

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Put it in a bowl of rice and let it dry. Hopefully the moisture gets sucked out!

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I've put it in rice in the Fridge.
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If you have those silica packets you find inside pockets of new clothes or electronics, seal those in a ziplock bag with the lens. They have far more suction potential to remove the moisture than dry rice.

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I don't think the fridge is a good idea. Warm air can deliver more moisiture and the rice absorbes it more or less independently from the temperature. But I wouldn't heat the lens, because at cooling down the vapor may make moisiture again. So I think the room temperature is the best.
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If you have an air conditioned room, that would be best.
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what lens?
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I left my Dad's tools out in the rain once, they were never the same...

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Thank you all. It's Pentax DA 35 2.4 It's not an expensive lens, but I LOVE IT! It's my go to lens for my food photography. I just ordered another one from BH so I would have one. I was out taking pics of the Milky Way on Sunday evening and left the lens on my back patio and it's RAINED a lot since then.
I've got it in the rice until I can get some Silica packs. We'll see how it does.

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While I have you guys. I want to purchase the best lens to photograph the milky way and other night scenes. Recommendations?
08-09-2016, 02:19 PM   #10
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leave it on a sunny window sill, not to hot though you don't want to melt it and don't leave window open it may rain again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DawnHoweth Quote
While I have you guys. I want to purchase the best lens to photograph the milky way and other night scenes. Recommendations?
That depends on the focal length you want and how wide of a view you want.
Generally most people go for ultra wide lenses below 18mm (on APS-C), and something with a fast aperture.

Rokinon/Samyang is a good brand for these kind of lenses, and I've got a 10mm f2.8 coming in from the states mostly for the stars

Even still though, you can use a 35mm, and take a panorama of 5-7 photos, and that can still give you something pretty impressive. You'll have slower shutter times to avoid the stars rotating, but cheaper then getting a new lens!
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Rock salt and granulated sugar will both draw in more moisture than rice or silica gel. Calcium Chloride is the best. Even a fresh bag of cement will suck the moisture out of a room.
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