Preventing mold, which is a fungus, forming on your lenses, is a lot cheaper and easier than you might think–you do not necessarily need to buy a pelican case. You may not live in the tropics, but you’d be surprised at how high the volume of moisture/water is in the atmosphere. England has a higher moisture content than certain parts of the tropics for example–simply because it rains so much. Humidity is more noticeable during the summer as it’s harder to cool down and you may feel sticky; you may associate humidity with the summer, but your camera and lenses feel it all year round.
Lens mold happens quickly and it is cheap to protect vs with proper storage
Also somewhat surprisingly, under certain conditions it may not take long before a lens starts to develop mold. Pelican cases are something to consider with orange silica gel packs but they are expensive and bulky. Pelican cases do have their uses, especially if you’re flying with a lot of equipment but my idea is something you have no excuse not to use.
Lens and Camera cheap mold storage protection from humidity at home and travel
By buying lots of [amazon_textlink asin=’B003ZZUJPS’ text=’ziplock bags’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’photochirp-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e251f0a4-df21-4a19-a2d3-5c46895bf464′] and orange silica gel packs, you can keep your camera and lens equipment dry, and by storing it in this manner it should not develop mold. You can also use this method at home in your camera bag. If you’re hiking or camping and sleeping up a mountain, it’s a good idea to leave your equipment in a dry area.
Ziplock bags and Silica gel are the answer to prevent your camera or lens from getting moldy
There are various forms of silica gel you can buy; I recommend the orange packs. These are literally slightly orange in colour and turn green when they’re saturated with moisture. Despite the fact they say throw away on the packaging, you can re-use them by placing them in the oven on low for a short period–10 to 20 minutes. This will dry them out and they can be used again.
Silica Gel Orange Packs come in various shape and sized packs. You don’t have to worry too much about it, as long as you can fit them in your ziplock bag you’ll be fine. The ziplock bag depends on how large your camera is and obviously the size of the lens as well. I recommend dismounting the camera lens from the camera as then you can dry them out quicker, and obviously they fit in smaller bags as well.
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