DIY Drybox | How to protect your camera?

So apparently like any other electronic gadgets that we use daily, either at home or work, it can be a victim of environmental issues. If you are into blogging and photography, you know mobile phones will never be enough in the long run. I have learned that through out my journey. That is why I decided to invest on a fairly decent camera. Purchasing a camera was a bit of a tedious task because there were tons of choices but also a lot to consider. On my case I had to consider the budget and weight. I haven’t been studying photography at that time so technical specifications wasn’t much of an option because of all the jargon.

Speaking of which, considering that you invest on something you aim to use for years, wouldn’t it better to have it stayed protected? Considering a lot of possible factors that can ruin your beloved camera, it is of course just right to know how to make it safe. Upon researching and joining groups who are into photography, I came across to the most common enemy of lenses, humidity. Yes, there may be some lenses who have weather protection, but it always has a certain limit. Note that the best lenses can be quite expensive. Some of which are even expensive than your camera body. The most annoying issue that humidity can do to your camera and lenses is fungus.

A funji or mold growing in to your lens glass can be very painful, both for the photo quality and budget. However, there is a way to prevent this from happening. Remember, caution is better than cure. Simple answer is, control the humidity around your camera, especially when you are not using it. Best way to do it is by storing your camera and lenses in a drybox. A drybox can control thr humidity inside. There a lot of those sold online and they ain’t cheap. Then does that mean your camera and lens is doomed? Not yet! Luckily, there were some geniuses who invented a DIY drybox which will just cost you a small fraction of the original box. This is what I did.

For you to make a DIY dry box you need 3 things.

1. Tight seal box

You can get those Lock and Lock or Biokeep branded box. The tighter the better.

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2. Hygrometer

This will measure the humidity that you have within the box. But why do you need to measure? Too much humidity as I said can cause fungi infection. However, too less humidity can cause for the internal parts to go too dry and make it stiff. It can cause for the internal gears to malfunction or get stuck. The recommended humidity percentage should be around 35-45 only.

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3. Dehumidifier

This simple device sucks up the humidity within the box. So if you have high humidity sealed within the box, this little guy helps you control it.

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Put these all together and you should be all set. Basically, having a hobby like this means you have to learn how to take care of your gear. Especially, if you know you would want to last further on this craft. Photography is something that is continually growing and expanding. Creatives are getting more and more aggressive which makes this craft very diversified.

Through the process of learning more about this, I get to encounter people and build a network. I get to meet people which I never thought I would. This craft gave me a new world. A world I wanna explore further. Hope this article helps. Let me know your thoughts on the comment below.

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