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Fighting Lens Mold with Humidity-Controlled Cabinets (Podcast 744)

In this post, I share the reasons I use a humidity-controlled dry cabinet and why I just bought a second, along with consideration when buying.

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Rich Ball
    Posted at 01:14h, 09 July Reply

    Martin – I made one business trip to Japan before I retired. I was struck by how humid it was. In hindsight I now understand why so much of the used gear from Japan has fungus problems. Does you new cabinet have provisions for bolting it to the floor? At one time i considered buying a gun safe for my camera gear. They all have provisions for bolting them to the floor. It would have been great for theft protection. I gave the idea up because of the weight. Humidity controlled ones are available and quite expensive.

    Also I posted a comment on your Helicon stacking software post. It disappeared. Did I do something dumb or is it lost somewhere in your system.

    I note that Tokyo is entering another lockdown for the Olympics I guess.

    Stay well and all the Best – Rich Ball

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 21:37h, 10 July Reply

      For sure Rich, any gear that is not stored in a dry cabinet will develop fungus damage. The cabinet I bought doesn’t have an official way to bolt it down, although it could be done quite easily by removing the feet and then sealing the holes properly. The cabinet does have strengthened glass and keys to lock both doors, so it’s relatively safe, but probably wouldn’t stand up to a hammer blow or two, which would negate any benefits of bolting it down as well.

      Tokyo has actually never been fully locked down. The government doesn’t have any laws that enable them to do that. It’s all based on asking people to stay at home, and most people are still commuting into the city. Still, the new daily cases are relatively low though, and the vaccinations are gradually rolling out, so hopefully, we have some light at the end of the tunnel.


  • Rich Ball
    Posted at 01:31h, 13 July Reply

    Martin – I’m afraid my comment was incomplete. I apologize for that. The reason I asked about bolting the cabinet down was to prevent the tip over scenario in an earthquake. Tokyo is in a pretty active earthquake zone. The Seattle area had an earthquake in 2001. It was only 6.8 magnitude and the epicenter was some 40 miles away but it did do significant damage. The building I was in was torn down because of the damage. I hope your apartment is up to current standards for earthquake design.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:57h, 20 July Reply

      Aah, I see. Thanks for the update Rich. Our apartment is relatively new and follows the required standards, but it’s still a concern. Unfortunately though bolting stuff down isn’t possible in a rented apartment. The only options, which we do with our refridgerator and crockery cabinet is to put an extendable pole between the top of it which pushes against the ceiling. That is something I could certainly consider for the new dry-cabinet as well, although the pole would need to be over a meter long. I’ll see what I can find. Thanks for getting me thinking about this again.

      All the best,

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