Updated: Apr 20
We all like gear. We all like buying new gear. But do we all store our gear correctly?
In this blog I'd like to run through how I store my camera gear and lenses.
This is my method, It's not the only way to do it, nor am I saying it's the way you should do it. I just thought I'd share some of my best practices with you.
EDIT: * April 2020 *
A little after writing this post in December 2019, I actually decided to upgrade my camera/lens storage solution.
As I live in a very hot and humid country, and given the investment in gear that I have made...I thought it only logical to properly invest in keeping it well kept.
So with that said I upgraded to a dry cabinet. I did a lot of research and after quite a bit of reading, decided to go with a brand called 'Ruggard'. They make different size dry cabinets for different gear storage requirements.
A dry cabinet is a humidity controlled cabinet where you are able to regulate and control the humidity level inside it. Mine is set to 38% humidity most of the time.
You can see a picture below.
Original Post: How you store your gear will vary depending predominantly on the climate and environment you keep it in.
As a basic rule of thumb though, always try to keep your gear in a dry, not too cold or not too hot climate away from direct sunlight. A cool, dry cupboard does the trick well enough.
When storing gear for longer periods of time, it's always a good idea to take batteries out of your camera bodies and store them separately.
Keeping your gear clean is something that should be done regularly after each shoot/use so that harmful elements such as dirt/sand and fungus don't accumulate on your precious lenses and cameras.
One of the main things to avoid when storing your gear, is exposing them to high humidity as this can encourage growth of bacteria and fungus inside your lenses and camera bodies. In worst case scenarios this could seriously damage your gear and cause you to loose a lot of money.
If you know you'll be storing your items for a while, it's best to keep them inside a de-humidifying cabinet if your able to afford and buy one but if not, you can make your own DIY home-made versions too.
Below I'll show you how I've made mine with some basic items like air tight sealed plastic containers and some silica gel (moisture absorbent sachets).
First of all, order some Silica Gel Sachets from somewhere like Amazon. I bought two bags of 100 pieces for about $20.00.
Next, take an air tight (this is important) seal-able food container which is the right size for your needs, and line it with some anti-slip foam.
Then underneath this foam, place load of the Silica Gel Sachets. The foam has holes in it to allow the silica gel to be effective.
In each of your lens bags, please 1-2 silica gel sachets and then place the lenses face down into the container.
Throw in a few more sachets for good measure and close the lid. Make sure the lid is on properly so that the contents are air-tight.
You can also add silica gel sachets to your camera bags and storage pouches. This will help keep your items dry and moisture free when traveling and during shoots.
I hope this helps guide a few more people in the right direction when it comes to storing camera gear.
We tend to spend a lot of money on our cameras and lenses, if we don't look after them properly though and get damaged or fall foul of mold and mildew it would be a real shame.
If you have any questions on gear care, please just send me a DM on Instagram (@axel.melkonian) or via the contact form or comments section on this site and I'd be happy to get back to you.
Until next time!