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03-21-2020, 03:28 PM - 3 Likes   #1
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Disinfecting camera gear

I just read a article from Lens-Rental about disinfecting your camera gear. It is also very applicable to general home use.
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Wow, lot's of good stuff there. Thanks for posting
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
I just read a article from Lens-Rental about disinfecting your camera gear. It is also very applicable to general home use.
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Excellent information Will, thanks. May I respectfully suggest that you X-post this link into the thread below. I'm sure many members would enjoy it.

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From the article, "So thereís one thought for you; if the gear hasnít been touched or breathed on in 24 hours, itís almost certainly safe; at 72 hours, you can take off the almost."

So, when buying used equipment, have the item shipped via the slowest route.

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I just put my most recent acquisitions in a sealed bag with three Kodak Aero Ektar* lenses and a 50mm Takumar. Everything should be fine after a few days.

* Yes, the famously radioactive ones. They average about 1.3 microsievert / hour radiation level @ 30cm.
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They average about 1.3 microsievert / hour radiation level @ 30cm.
This radiation level is not sufficient for killing viruses
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
I just put my most recent acquisitions in a sealed bag with three Kodak Aero Ektar* lenses and a 50mm Takumar. Everything should be fine after a few days.

* Yes, the famously radioactive ones. They average about 1.3 microsievert / hour radiation level @ 30cm.
The radiation might mutate the virus to a new dangerous strain.
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This is THE best supporting reason to own many lenses and camera bodies.... so they can be rested between uses so the viruses die. I read something about 9 days.... so I need 9 cameras. Sandy must have known this all along.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nuij Quote
This radiation level is not sufficient for killing viruses
It might work given time hehe

QuoteOriginally posted by Kobayashi.K Quote
The radiation might mutate the virus to a new dangerous strain.
Possibly, though mutations often do one of three things: Cause a mutation beneficial to survival, Do nothing, Damage DNA beyond repair.
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It might work given time hehe



Possibly, though mutations often do one of three things: Cause a mutation beneficial to survival, Do nothing, Damage DNA beyond repair.
Or you might have created the "The Blob"
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As for the gear, UV light is an effective way to kill off bacteria and viruses. A disadvantage is that it will accellerate the aging of plastics (sticky grips).
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Sterile environment is not good for your immunity.

Too much disinfection leads to more dangerous and resistant bacteria and viruses (exactly the problem some hospitals are fighting with).
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All this worry about camera gear but do you disinfect your groceries?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kobayashi.K Quote
As for the gear, UV light is an effective way to kill off bacteria and viruses. A disadvantage is that it will accellerate the aging of plastics (sticky grips).
How much uv? Air cleaners with uv lights built in have been shown to not being effective against this virus. On cardboard the virus can live for hours. On hard materials it has the potential for several days. In health care offices, hospitals, etc. The best thing we can use are wipes or sprays that are designated as anti-viral. Problem is trying to wipe everything down that the virus may have contacted.
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Good information, and Dr. Roger Cicala (the author and business owner) shoots with a Pentax K-1.
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