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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2017, 09:54:18 PM »
And if you go with Pelican, consider TrekPak, a modular divider system. 

I'd consider them if I didn't already have the padded divider sets.  But those have worked fine for me, especially since I also have ample extra Velcro-edged dividers from various Lowepro bags.
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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2017, 09:54:18 PM »

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2017, 10:17:31 PM »
Oh wow... I guess I'm the only person in this thread who doesn't love his own lenses.  I really just keep them on the shelves of my office, front element down. It's a relatively clean space. I better do not disclose this fact if I decide to sell something on eBay ;)

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2017, 03:03:25 AM »
I like Pelican for storage but prefer foam over dividers.

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2017, 07:54:29 AM »
I like Pelican for storage but prefer foam over dividers.

What if you sell a lens and buy a different one?  That's why I prefer dividers. :)

For travel, foam would be more protective...but when I travel, my photo gear is in a backpack carried on.  The one time I checked photo gear, I put the loaded backpack inside a Storm case. 
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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2017, 08:11:43 AM »
 Thank you everyone for sharing their tips and wisdom with me! I guess I was overthinking it (which end up).

At home it is dry and I keep the gear in a closet in the living room, all standing. When I go out it’s usually one or two lens with a messenger style bag.

I travel with a pancake 40mm, 24-70mm and my almost always on 100-400 II and that covers my needs usually. May add a 14mm if going dark skies. It all goes on a shoulder lowepro. As much as I love the 100mm Macro the 400 zoom focus so close that I make do with that on travel.

Thanks again, I’ll keep an eye on Craigslist for bargains and perhaps improve my shelf setup.

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2017, 07:57:30 PM »
I like Pelican for storage but prefer foam over dividers.

What if you sell a lens and buy a different one?  That's why I prefer dividers. :)

For travel, foam would be more protective...but when I travel, my photo gear is in a backpack carried on. 

+1.  My feelings exactly. 

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2017, 08:12:03 PM »
I like Pelican for storage but prefer foam over dividers.

What if you sell a lens and buy a different one?  That's why I prefer dividers. :)

Or get a new foam insert......

 BTW, alway keep your spare foam inset somewhere where the kitten will not shred it.......
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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2017, 08:07:36 PM »
Foam isn't expensive...FYI...I am using a Pelican 1555 for storage which doesn't have strap support but it's an easy fix with a drill. Here's mine with the Pelican strap which comes with O-rings to prevent moisture.

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2017, 10:35:00 PM »
I use a soft-sided fishing reel case to house lenses at home, particularly vintage lenses without their own cases. $25.00, holds up to 10 lenses depending on diameter, has adjustable gray fabric covered dividers, a sewn on handle, and a decent zipper. The case just gets put on a shelf. The longest lenses stay in their original cases (L lenses or Sigma lens). Thus the lenses are protected from dust. The two or three most commonly used lenses sit in the most commonly used camera bag along with the camera, shutter release, polarizer, microfiber cloth, and other essentials (plastic bag for rain; sealed "clif bar". Now, I don't live in an extremely humid climate, and the nylon lens cases and fishing reel holder are permeable. Tiny lenses (bellows lenses: microscope and enlarger lenses) are kept in a plastic box along with a calcium carbonate moisture absorber.

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2017, 01:03:25 AM »
I'm going to put a plug in for SKB with thinktank dividers :)

The SKB cases are very nice, and the thinktank dividers are very thoughtful.  They're much thinner than Pelican, which can be both good and bad -- Pelican dividers are not very adjustable and are so thick that they take up a ton of space, with the tradeoff that they provide more protection.  The ThinkTank dividers, I think, protect enough protection, and let me cram in a lot more stuff.

The lid organizer is also a great price on these, and really well designed, compared to the pelican ones.  There are also SKBs where the inside is a removable zippered container with shoulder strap, or backpack (by ThinkTank), neither of which are exhorbitantly expensive.

I'm not a fan of the cut-it-up-yourself dividers or the pluck foam, because I tend to reorganize my storage quite often -- as I buy more storage or as my gear changes.
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I keep finding storage answers with ThinkTank gear.  I shoot with the padded belt and a couple PeakDesign Capture Clips, then add a ThinkTank pouch as needed.  The "go bag" is a ThinkTank Airport Commuter where I typically keep two bodies, one with a short zoom and one with a long zoom, ready to go for the next event.

For the extra gear, I invested in an SBK hard case with the ThinkTank dividers.  But, I don't use the dividers.  This case is mainly for storage at home and only occasionally for travel.  Instead of the dividers, I store lenses in ThinkTank lens pouches as in the photo below.  This photo shows two short zooms in padded pouches, a long white zoom (with hood) in a skin pouch, a flash in a skin pouch, and 5D3 with the attached 24-70 in a pouch.

This has been far more flexible than fixed dividers.   If I travel, I just take what I need and use knee pads and/or a hand towel for extra padding.   (The knee pads have become standard shooting attire and the towel can be handy on location.)
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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2017, 01:18:11 PM »
I keep mine on an airtight plastic container (think of a giant tupperware container, but the brand I use is Biokips).  The lenses are usually separated according to lens type: one container for the prime lenses, one for telephoto zoom lenses and the teleconverters, one for the wide zoom lenses, one for the cameras and finally one for batteries, chargers, memory cards etc.  Inside each container I keep a hygrometer (I live in a very humid place) and a Eva-Dry dissecant.  I try to keep relative humidity between 30% and 60%.

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2017, 04:49:26 AM »
Brilliant information here guys! I've had a 70-200mm start to grow fungus and wandered if it was my storage. Never thought of the absorbant silica gels packs before! - Thanks for all inputs!
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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2017, 12:06:27 PM »
If it is going to be stored on end, I think front element down for stability.
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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #28 on: December 05, 2017, 02:36:50 PM »
Storm/Pelican cases 99% of the time. The exception is a packed bag ready for a shoot in the next day or two.

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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #29 on: December 05, 2017, 04:09:01 PM »
Always store stuff below 60% RH, above that and fungus can grow.  You can get indicator cards like this:

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My gear is stored in my lowpro bag.. and kept in the dryest part of the house..  our bedroom as it has the bigger dehumidifier in there (we have two plus a small HRV), all going 100% most of the time it just about keeps the humidity down to the mid 50s  (I live in soggy britain) anything less than 50% humidity here is unheard of, we go weeks at a time with humidity never falling below 80%.  I gave up on dessicant as I was having to cook it so often.
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Re: Proper way to store lens
« Reply #29 on: December 05, 2017, 04:09:01 PM »