Dry Cabinets and Pelican cases

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Ellory Yu

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Dry Cabinets and Pelican cases

PostTue Jun 23, 2020 7:25 am

Living in the West Coast of USA is it necessary to have a dry cabinet for camera and lenses or is keeping them in a sealed Pelican case good enough?
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Re: Dry Cabinets and Pelican cases

PostTue Jun 23, 2020 2:21 pm

If you keep them in a sealed Pelican case you should put some silica-gel packets in there. The problem with airtight cases is that they'll trap any moisture that was in the ambient air. Silica gel should dry that out; you'll want to refresh the packets (either with new ones or by drying out the existing ones in a low oven) periodically.

The only other thing about pelicans is that they are of course dark inside, and darkness is one of the factors that can promote fungus. So keeping the interior air dry is extra important. Some people leave their lenses in clear glass cabinets with their lens caps off. For cameras (to prevent fungus on sensors) a dry cabinet is probably a better idea. As for the West Coast, it depends of course where you are...some places are drier than others!
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Re: Dry Cabinets and Pelican cases

PostThu Jun 25, 2020 7:25 pm

OB definitely, La Mesa, not so much.

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Re: Dry Cabinets and Pelican cases

PostFri Jun 26, 2020 8:46 pm

Howard Roll wrote:OB definitely, La Mesa, not so much.

Good Luck

Thanks Howard. North SD County, in-land should be good then.
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