Fight lens fungus with this new electronic dry cabinet for photo gear



Many Leica shooters who are using old M lenses know that lens fungus could be a problem, especially in areas with tropical climate and high humidity. Today B&H started selling these new electronic dry cabinets for lenses, photographic gear and other equipment. Two different models are available: 30L and 80L. Additional information:


Ruggard Electronic Dry Cabinet 30L


Protect your lenses, photographic and optical equipment, mobile electronics, and other valuable accessories from excessive moisture, dirt, and dust with the Ruggard 30L Electronic Dry Cabinet. The cabinet's fast-acting TE Cooling Wafer regulates the interior's relative humidity from 25-60% to help prevent fungus and corrosion that can damage your gear. Humidity adjustments take place over a 1 to 3-hour period.

Fully-featured, the cabinet has a lockable, rubber-sealed glass door, with 2 two keys, and a front handle. A large, dimmable LCD displays ambient temperature (in Fahrenheit or Celsius), relative humidity, and other settings. Interior LED lights make viewing and finding gear easier. Both the base and the adjustable sliding shelf are padded to help guard against scratches, while the shelf's padding is contoured to accommodate lenses.

The Electronic Drying Cabinet is powered by an included multi-voltage power supply. In addition to being near-silent, without a fan or compressor to make noise, the unit is also dripless, eliminating the need for a water tray. To prevent unwanted movement, the bottom of the cabinet has four rubber feet.

Specifications:

Closure Method Door lock with two keys, handle
Volume Capacity 30L
Power Multi-Voltage Power Supply: 110 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Relative Humidity 60-25 % (±3% RH)
Dimensions 16.5 × 11.5 × 13.5" / 42 × 29.2 × 34.3 cm
Weight 14 lb / 6.4 kg

Ruggard Electronic Dry Cabinet 80L


Protect your lenses, photographic and optical equipment, mobile electronics, and other valuable accessories from excessive moisture, dirt, and dust with the Ruggard 80L Electronic Dry Cabinet. The cabinet's fast-acting TE Cooling Wafer regulates the interior's relative humidity from 25-60% to help prevent fungus and corrosion that can damage your gear. Humidity adjustments take place over a 1 to 3-hour period.

Fully-featured, the cabinet has a lockable, rubber-sealed glass door, with 2 two keys, and a front handle. A large, dimmable LCD displays ambient temperature (in Fahrenheit or Celsius), relative humidity, and other settings. Interior LED lights make viewing and finding gear easier. Both the base and the adjustable sliding shelf are padded to help guard against scratches.

The Electronic Drying Cabinet is powered by an included multi-voltage power supply. In addition to being near-silent, without a fan or compressor to make noise, the unit is also dripless, eliminating the need for a water tray. The bottom front of the cabinet has two adjustable leveling feet.

Specifications:

Closure Method Door lock with two keys, handle
Volume Capacity 80L
Power Multi-Voltage Power Supply: 110 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Relative Humidity 60-25 % (±3% RH)
Dimensions 20.3 × 21.3 × 14.3" / 51.6 × 54.1 × 36.3 cm
Weight 29 lb / 13.2 kg
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  • eric

    this is cool. i recently started keeping my camera lenses and bodies in a plastic container for similar reasons, dust and moisture. would definitely be worth it if you lived in a tropical climate.

    • Yan

      totally agree, the ziplock does the job very well.

      • well, I’ve heard conflicting theories on this – some say that keeping the lens in a close space is worse because the humidity stays inside, you should keep it in an open, ventilated space with light

        • Yan

          You’re right, I forgot to mention that you also need to place 1 or 2 packs of silica gel packets inside the ziplock bag. I’ve been using this combination for years, haven’t had any problem, even shooting inside the amazon rainforest.

          • ok, yes – after all, this is how all electronics are sold today, with a bag of silica inside

          • sarcism? I cant tell lol

          • No, no sarcasm here 🙂 I just agree that this is how companies ship electronics.

  • Licheus

    These gadgets are very common in the damper parts of the world like Southeast asia. In Taiwan every camera store have at least a giant one…

    • you can store your cigars as well..

      • Roger

        No you can’t, its the other way around unless someone live in the rain forest.

        • oh sorry, I thought you have to keep them dry, not moist…

          • Roger

            Depends on where you live though, there’s optimum HR range for cigars if I remember, not too dry and not too moist.

  • EnPassant

    Not much space in those cabinets. For a room that is mostly kept closed a dehumidifier can be used instead.

  • I bought a nearly identical product on amazon for $100 2 years ago. Nothing new or noteworthy.

    here is one from the same company I use for $200: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00870N90S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • ZMWT

    Microwave oven can be used in similar way?

  • Roger

    I’ll second Licheus that this has been standard required household items in humid Ease Asian world for many many MANY years already, not just for cameras but anything you can think of, include paper archive (yes, everything mold here).

    Be careful about one thing though, although Silica Gel can gets humidity very low at beginning, say like 20% RH, it does not “suck” hard enough to do any damage.

    These chamber, continue to recycle its sucking power (silica gel based or ultra-cool chip based or whatever), will get your humidity sensitive items damaged; wooden guitar get cracked, rubber starts degrading, lubricant starts drying, etc… It is more of a myth for modern lens due to silicon rubber and inert synthetic grease, but if you have old stuff – better watch out.

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