Lens storage. How do you keep yours?

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Lens storage. How do you keep yours?
Apr 15, 2013

I would like to hear how people care for their lenses when stored away and not in use.  I imagine the protection from dust is a prime consideration, but what other hazards should be avoided to keep my lenses unaffected over time?  No kids or cats to worry about.

For the past eight months I currently keep my lenses out in the open on a table in my home office, both ends capped and standing vertically.  A voice inside is telling me I should be doing something different.  Perhaps storage in a plastic box put away in a cabinet?

I like to look at the equipment though.

SEL50 SEL35 SEL18200 & kit plus various FD's and Nikon's with adapters for my 5N.

How do you keep yours?

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Wow!  That's so much cooler than my neoprene sleeve and cupboard combo

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zelli wrote:

I would like to hear how people care for their lenses when stored away and not in use.  I imagine the protection from dust is a prime consideration, but what other hazards should be avoided to keep my lenses unaffected over time?  No kids or cats to worry about.

For the past eight months I currently keep my lenses out in the open on a table in my home office, both ends capped and standing vertically.  A voice inside is telling me I should be doing something different.  Perhaps storage in a plastic box put away in a cabinet?

I like to look at the equipment though.

SEL50 SEL35 SEL18200 & kit plus various FD's and Nikon's with adapters for my 5N.

How do you keep yours?

I use this:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/flight-case-with-foam-460mm-x-350mm-x-160mm-36796

Cheaper version of Henry's version. Ive got 2 and each lens has a customised slot. Yes, I agree, sad.....

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zelli wrote:

For the past eight months I currently keep my lenses out in the open on a table in my home office, both ends capped and standing vertically.

This is actually a great way to store them, they get airflow to prevent mold growth, etc.  They will pick up some dust (but not much if capped).

A voice inside is telling me I should be doing something different.  Perhaps storage in a plastic box put away in a cabinet?

If you put in a case either be sure the case is totally dry or throw in some desiccant.  You can buy silica gel desiccant cheap and a lot of it can be recharged in the microwave or oven at low temp.

I like to look at the equipment though.

SEL50 SEL35 SEL18200 & kit plus various FD's and Nikon's with adapters for my 5N.

How do you keep yours?

Laying all over the place.  Like fronts of book shelves, kitchen table, basement (bad, run dehumidifier), etc  I recently made a display shelf to hold some I am testing.

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In airtight plastic food containers with Silica Gel (desiccant). This helps with the humidity here in the Caribbean.

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I have 2 of those Pelican Cases from the old days (night ops)  can one just by the innards ?

The foam ones deteriorate and can flake and get in the lens I like that  got a link ?

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In airtight plastic food containers with Silica Gel (desiccant). This helps with the humidity here in the Caribbean.

I travel a lot, so same here, plastic food containers and SG for everything except the tripods.

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Found these organizers at Lowes, just mixed and matched sizes and put on an open shelf.  I haven't done anything special to prevent dust, but it hasn't been a problem.

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I think it is important to store them dry and at constant temperature during the winter in order not to create fungus. (In tropical countries some biological things can grow on the lenses and it might spread. Take care !) It stuck me suddenly this winter when I bought some legacy lenses for my Nex. Fungus is mentioned often. Unfortunately I have never seen it. Further the stop should not be set at maximum. It is better for the blades to be set at a higher F-number over time.

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zelli wrote:

I would like to hear how people care for their lenses when stored away and not in use.  I imagine the protection from dust is a prime consideration, but what other hazards should be avoided to keep my lenses unaffected over time?  No kids or cats to worry about.

For the past eight months I currently keep my lenses out in the open on a table in my home office, both ends capped and standing vertically.  A voice inside is telling me I should be doing something different.  Perhaps storage in a plastic box put away in a cabinet?

I like to look at the equipment though.

SEL50 SEL35 SEL18200 & kit plus various FD's and Nikon's with adapters for my 5N.

How do you keep yours?

I also wanted a fancy shelve for lens. But I couldn't find any online. Anyone else have seen any?

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But then, I live in a tropical climate, so avoiding fungus is a must.

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If dry is a must, what about a larger Humidor?  It could have the added benefits of looking nice and keeping the dust away.

Edit:  That is if there are ones that can moderate the humidity down.  I have just realized that might not be the case...

Perhaps a Desicant with a nice cabinet.

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Wow, this is something.  Do you actually use these lenses ... or just look at them from time to time.  I have 13 Nikkor lenses, some worth 2000-3000 USD, but I just store them in the Billingham canvas bags. And some of my lenses circumnavigated the globe several times.

I just use the Billingham superflex partitions to separate the lenses, or camera bodies. The camera gear is usually quite tuff, there is no need to be paranoid about it.

Get an old army surplus canvas bag, pad it with the bubble wrap and that is it.  If you want to improve on that, there are plenty of camera dedicated padded bags, with partitions held down by Velcro. The outfits like Manfrotto make the bags that sell for less than 50 USD and they are just as good as bags made by Tamrac, or Domke that cost 200  USD.

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If dry is a must, what about a larger Humidor?  It could have the added benefits of looking nice and keeping the dust away.

Edit:  That is if there are ones that can moderate the humidity down.  I have just realized that might not be the case...

Perhaps a Desicant with a nice cabinet.

Kitchen shrink wrap is a better solution, when you travel in areas with humidity over 95%. The desicant would last you just a few minutes.

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ericdfw wrote:

Found these organizers at Lowes, just mixed and matched sizes and put on an open shelf.  I haven't done anything special to prevent dust, but it hasn't been a problem.

you got a lowes link for that organizer?

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Wow, this is something.  Do you actually use these lenses ... or just look at them from time to time.  I have 13 Nikkor lenses, some worth 2000-3000 USD, but I just store them in the Billingham canvas bags. And some of my lenses circumnavigated the globe several times.

I just use the Billingham superflex partitions to separate the lenses, or camera bodies. The camera gear is usually quite tuff, there is no need to be paranoid about it.

Get an old army surplus canvas bag, pad it with the bubble wrap and that is it.  If you want to improve on that, there are plenty of camera dedicated padded bags, with partitions held down by Velcro. The outfits like Manfrotto make the bags that sell for less than 50 USD and they are just as good as bags made by Tamrac, or Domke that cost 200  USD.

Thanks, I have several Pelican cases to store the lenses in, and no - they don't get out nearly as often as I had planned - mostly due to long days in the office, including weekend work. Maybe after the summer I'll get out a lot more.

Bag wise, I have been collecting these as well, it seems, never finding the perfect bag. the third pic shows some of my more favorite bags.

The Pelican cases allow me to have a 'permanent' location for each lens, so it is very easy to find them, or realize that one is missing, ie. placed in one of the camera bags.

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Wow, this is something.  Do you actually use these lenses ... or just look at them from time to time.  I have 13 Nikkor lenses, some worth 2000-3000 USD, but I just store them in the Billingham canvas bags. And some of my lenses circumnavigated the globe several times.

I just use the Billingham superflex partitions to separate the lenses, or camera bodies. The camera gear is usually quite tuff, there is no need to be paranoid about it.

Get an old army surplus canvas bag, pad it with the bubble wrap and that is it.  If you want to improve on that, there are plenty of camera dedicated padded bags, with partitions held down by Velcro. The outfits like Manfrotto make the bags that sell for less than 50 USD and they are just as good as bags made by Tamrac, or Domke that cost 200  USD.

Thanks, I have several Pelican cases to store the lenses in, and no - they don't get out nearly as often as I had planned - mostly due to long days in the office, including weekend work. Maybe after the summer I'll get out a lot more.

Bag wise, I have been collecting these as well, it seems, never finding the perfect bag. the third pic shows some of my more favorite bags.

The Pelican cases allow me to have a 'permanent' location for each lens, so it is very easy to find them, or realize that one is missing, ie. placed in one of the camera bags.

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Henry

It's actually really surprising to see you have such a huge collection of lens but no interest in getting more/better bodies!

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Impressively low price on that case.  (marking for finding later on...)

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