Anyone else having problem with high humidity and camera gear?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Gerhard Beulke, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. Living in FNQ all camera gear is getting earlier or later mouldy.
    How do you store and transport your camera gear?

    Cheers
     
    Gerhard Beulke, Jan 23, 2004
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  2. Gerhard Beulke

    Miro Guest

    In a sealed tub with a packet of "hippo" from the hardware store. Ask anyone
    that lives in Singapore.
     
    Miro, Jan 23, 2004
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  3. Gerhard Beulke

    [BnH] Guest

    I heard that Hippo is not a good choice Miro, as they make the moisture
    into water.
    And when you forgot to replace them, they backstab on you and your gears :D

    Unless you want to put the hippo inside the cabinet,
    where you put your sealed Tupperware box containing your camera gears,
    as it can reduce the humidity of the storage environment.

    I really recommend using normal silica gel found in camera shop [or chemical
    shop if you want to buy bulks] and put them along with your gears inside a
    tupperware box and away from sunlight to keep the temperature controlled.

    =bob=
     
    [BnH], Jan 23, 2004
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  4. That's how I store my stuff at the moment.
    But the lenses still get mouldy.
    Would it be a good choice storing the whole lot in our big bar fridge?

    Cheers
     
    Gerhard Beulke, Jan 24, 2004
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  5. Gerhard Beulke

    Aussie Rob Guest

    Your lenses STILL get mouldy?!

    I can vouch for the tupperware box with dessicant method, when storing I
    always store the lenses with their caps off and the camera bodies (strap
    removed) with no body cap (this takes careful arrangement to separate the
    equipment and protect it from damage, but it minimizes trapped "pockets" of
    moisture)

    In the storage box (clear plastic sides) I also drop in a cheap electronic
    thermometer/hygrometer that provides a readout of the humidity ... after a
    few days the readings stabilize to under 25%
    Once the humidity readings go above 35 - 40% I "revive" the dessicant
    ("moisture muncher" brand can be revived in the oven) or replace it.

    Are your lenses exposed to plant material or very dusty conditions?
    Dust/pollen particles might be acting as a "seed" for fungus to grow.

    Hope you can get the problem sorted out!

    Rob.
     
    Aussie Rob, Jan 24, 2004
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  6. Hi Rob,

    Thank you for your reply.
    It is not a matter of days but of 2 to 3 years after first signs of
    mould show up.
    Average humidity is around 75% here.
    I use the gear frequently and there are no dust conditions here (only
    humid conditions).
    I spoke to the guy who fixes/cleans the cameras and he told me that the
    Pro's bring their gear ones a year to him for service (and to remove
    signs of mould).

    Cheers
    Gerhard
     
    Gerhard Beulke, Jan 24, 2004
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  7. Gerhard Beulke

    Miro Guest

    it goes without saying that if you forget to maintain your kit it will be
    severely damaged by moisture. That is not a downfall of the technology.

    Ideally you can store it all in a vacuum chamber and it only takes about 6
    hours to get the camera gear out if you want to use it.
     
    Miro, Jan 24, 2004
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  8. Gerhard Beulke

    otzi Guest

    I don't know if this will work for gear as I keep mine inside but welders
    who need to keep their welding rods dry to keep the flux effective usually
    keep them in a (small) fridge with a small 15 - 25 watt light continually
    going inside. Not the fridge light! The system works perfectly for that
    purpose.

    otzi
     
    otzi, Jan 24, 2004
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  9. Gerhard Beulke

    Miro Guest

    Silica Gel is far too slow to remove water from air.
     
    Miro, Jan 24, 2004
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