How to Store a Camera Lens

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Photographers who live in damp and humid regions have good cause for storing their camera equipment carefully. If cameras and camera lenses are stored in a way that traps moisture and allows the moisture to breed fungus, this fungus can damage camera lenses. Take several key steps to store your camera equipment to avoid lens fungus from developing on your camera lens. The effort will be well worth it when you avoid costly damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Airtight storage container
  • Silica gel packets
  • Sealing plastic bag (1-gallon size)
  • Remove the camera and all lenses from your camera bag when you are not toting your equipment.

  • Place your camera and lenses into an airtight storage container. Place four or five silica gel packets into the airtight container with the camera equipment.

  • Seal the container and store it in a cool, dry location.

  • Prevent condensation on a camera if you take it outside in cold temperatures. Place the camera in the plastic bag and seal the bag before you bring the camera back into a warm environment. Keep it in the plastic bag until the camera reaches room temperature. This will keep condensation from forming inside the delicate mechanisms of the camera.

  • Change the silica gel packets every few months to ensure that the silica gel continues to absorb excess moisture in the container.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you see a cloudy film or etching pattern on your camera lenses, this is lens fungus. For best results, consult a professional camera repair person or contact the camera manufacturer for advice.

References

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