How To Store Your Gear

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

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.