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#1 cjames

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 05:18 AM

My most recent diving was in a couple of places in the Costa Rica. The second spot in Corcovado (south Pacific side) was a very humid, jungle climate. The second day we were there, my camera failed to start up properly due to excessive moisture. The resort owner's solution was to put the camera under a heat lamp in a sealed box, which worked, but the temp bothered me. Any better solutions?
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#2 seadeuce

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 03:49 PM

I use a large dessicant (which is guaranteed to last a lifetime), got it from:

http://www.sobefoto.com

I have no relationship with this company, just have that one product - that works for me!

Cheers,

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 04:14 PM

I don't want to assume you did this, but I've seen others have problems with moisture when they keep their equipment in an air conditioned hotel room when its not being used. This always causes problems the minute you move the gear to the hot and humid outdoor climate. I typically keep the AC off or way down, or store the camera and lenses someplace that has no AC at all.

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Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:18 AM

mmmmm living in Asia, I guess I am kinda and expert on damp / humid environments . Had a set of Canon lenses which got all fungussed up, and had to throw them all. Ended up in the process of taking a nikon.

1..... keep the lenses in dry environments. Air cons are good to suck out moisture, and as such, are great for storage, but when you go out side, the cold lens will fogg up ( and again moisture droplest on lenses is something I am not keen on. If you are gonna take your lens outside, seal it in a air tight bag ( i.e. plastic, ) take it out side, let it warm up, and then take it out.......... thats what I do

2. I now keep my lenses sealed in cylinders with desicant

3. The housing, well, I have the NX 80, and I can manage to keep a small packet of dessicant in the housing whilst diving.

Based on having to throw out tons of great lenses, I got one strategy only....... Dry Dry Dry