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Old 05-17-2007, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what I should do to protect my 30D & Lens from moisture while living in a constant humid environment, indoor's and out.

I live in South Korea and we are heading into Monsoon season and I want to make sure that the condensation doesn't build up in my camera! Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-17-2007, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what I should do to protect my 30D & Lens from moisture while living in a constant humid environment, indoor's and out. I live in South Korea and we are heading into Monsoon season and I want to make sure that the condensation doesn't build up in my camera!
Sheri,

Well, after living in the Philippines (which is close to 100% humidity for more than six months a year in Central Luzon) for a couple of years, I'm convinced that there is only one thing you can do to prevent condensation from occurring - and that's to keep the cameras and/or lenses out of the air conditioning.

We lived in base housing at Clark AB, and the electricity was "free", so you can imagine the A/C was cranked up most of the time - every time I'd walk out from being inside, the lenses (I was shooting Nikkor lenses on an F3 and/or an RB-67 at that time) would fog over for quite a while until they cleared, sometimes hours. It got to be that I'd keep the gear on the back porch (it was enclosed but not air conditioned) if I was heading out for a shoot later in the day... go ahead and let the condensation happen and clear before the gear was needed.

Of course, if I was going to shoot inside... well, ya can't have everything instantly!

It's either that or find a hermetically (sp?) sealed camera bag!
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wayne,

Thank you so much for the input. We live off base, so any electricty we use cost us an arm, a leg, a mid torso and our first born...needless to say air conditioning is a luxury only used when absolutely necessary, otherwise windows are our only source of breeze going through our place. It's amazing the cost of electricity here...our bill runs over $700 a month, and that's with a gas dryer, gas oven and gas heated water and only using two lights and our computers at night! That's just with the 2 of us living here too! It's truly an amazing experience living in South Korea!!!

My main concern is the moisture in the air in my place, I have noticed condensation on my window ceil's and recently purchased a de-humidifier. most of my windows are open during the day and some at night (except when I run the de-humidifier...it's a vicious circle of humidity here!!) I guess there's not a lot I can do to prevent moisture from building up in my camera over time without a place to keep it dry. I'll have to figure something out...maybe your bag suggestion is the way to go for when I'm not using the camera, I'll try to find one somewhere. Thanks for the input.


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Old 05-18-2007, 07:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can keep it in a zip lock baggie (or similar) with a dessicant when not shooting. Lee Valley Tools sells little packages of regenerable (heat in oven) silica in metal cans for use in basement tool cabinets. Kinda like the bags of silica in many dried food packages, but more durable. I'm sure others sell similar things. If you keep the desiicant charged, it'll keep the camera dry.
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Gun vault companies sell a unit to de-humiditify the vaults. I use on in my lock box where my camera gear is stored.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Jford,

Cool idea...I think this will be helpful!

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Old 05-19-2007, 10:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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cpd23,

I wonder if this is the same stuff jford was talking about...this is a great idea, I'm going to find one of these for my camera.

Thanks for the input!
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Under very humid conditions, I used a sealable box (something like a lunch box - or a biger version - see the link below) to store camera stuff. You have to keep a packet (or two depending on the size) of silica gel (moisture absorbing stuff - you can obtain some free-of-charge from any pharmacy).

http://www.glad.com/containers/

You can always find better sealing containers.

I suggest using more than one box because if you kept everything in one box and if it starts "leaking" then everything will be exposed to moisture.
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