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    Posted: 13 February 2012 at 06:54
Hello All

I live in a very humid place. I think I should get a humidity controlled cabinet for a few lenses.

A couple of questions:

1. What is the best humidity (I assume as low as possible)

2. What is the best affordable cabinet

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Hi, a humidity setting of 30% is possibly the lowest to aim for, as some of the grease/lubricant used in lenses can "dry out" below this I believe.

As for recommending a cabinet I will leave that for the better informed.
If you have just a few lenses to look after and are on a budget/travelling an airtight containter some silica gel(indicating if possible) and a hygrometer(humidity gauge) can do the trick for a very small outlay.

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They are not cheap -- see here.

Another site to look at is here.

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As catnip adviced some sort of storage container, probably plastic, and some silica gels can do the trick.

I was adviced to try the indicating and reusable Pingi bag previously on this site and that's what I'm doing together with a cheap plastic storage box and it seems to work great.

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Found a couple more links because at one stage I had seen something about DIY dry boxes.

There's this one.

And the search terms I used yielded these.
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Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

Found a couple more links because at one stage I had seen something about DIY dry boxes.

There's this one.





You must have some large lenses (or a good harvest) to fill the "Grand Wardrobe Box"                                             

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FWIW I took a small fridge the size college kids will use small fridge that I bought used for $25 and used the rheostat that controls temp and placed an electrical socket with a 5 watt bulb inside and took out the upper lid so there is nothing but open shelving. Placed a tray with silica gel on the upper shelf and now I can store a bunch of lenses for an investment of under $35 and about an hour's time.
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