Whether you’re a professional photographer or a serious hobbyist, the tendency to over-inventorise cannot be helped. My first vertical dry cabinet while still able to accommodate perhaps one or two more lenses had become quite troublesome when it comes to storing a body and telephoto lens without dismantling. So naturally when you’re feeling vertically-challenged the obvious next step is to go horizontal and I went with another dry cabinet by Wonderful. As you can see, my favourite combo (5D and EF70-200mm sits comfortably on the top shelf and there’s still plenty of room on either side.
© Jan Shim Photography
The cabinet measures W21″ x H18″ x D14″ and I have arranged it in such as way that it sits on top of existing cabinet and adjacent to where the Lowepro bags are stored. (and my good friend WOODY sitting on the PIXMA 6700D printer posing with an EOS 5D in his hands).
© Jan Shim Photography
In case you happen to be shopping for a horizontal dry cabinet (in Brunei Darussalam), they are available from STATION 8 (Ground Floor of Hua Ho Manggis Mall next to Guardian Pharmacy). I got mine a while back but understand that they’ve just received a new shipment along with what other goodies I haven’t been told. These items are popular and they run out very quickly so don’t take your time.
UPDATE: Readers of this article can enjoy 10-15% discount off their purchase of a WONDERFUL dry cabinet by simply mentioning this site to the owners (Ming and Hui) at STATION 8. Offer valid while stocks last. Protect your investment today!
Wonderful Dry Cabinet © Jan Shim Photography [more pic …]
We tend to take things for granted and often forget what it takes to produce great images that you see here and on sites all over the web including those in your photo album. If you own a compact digital camera you may not think about a dry cabinet. If you own an D/SLR and some lenses (same for analog and digital) and they are critical to your livelihood, you’ll want to have them in a dry cabinet, preferably one that is electronically regulated like mine (pictured above). A dry cabinet is necessary to store items that can otherwise be damaged by rust or mould. When mould gets into camera bodies and lenses it can be very costly to service due to the complexity of modern electronics. It makes sense to look after them, don’t you think?
If that’s not compelling enough, here’s another. If you regularly bring your camera to the beach there’s a good chance salt has made its way inside (yes it is possible) and begin corroding the metal components. According to this article “the humidity must be kept at or below 35% to effectively protect precision parts and components against rust.” The relative humidity of my work place is 70%, a condition mould and rust finds favourable. We try to keep photographic equipment and optics to 40-50% to keep them safe.
The dry cabinet is not only critical to professional photographers, it’s also the perfect companion for collectors to store fine art and sensitive documents such as stamps, money and so forth and they come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. [see footnote sales enquiries]
Fuhhh!!! I can see that you have already filled your cabinet to the brim! I can see that lightsphere thing on the floor. What happens if you were to add more equipment?
But it is an interesting picture. This is exactly the response I was hoping to get when I started this thread in the first place. Thank you very much for sharing!
When I have more equipment to store and it’s more than likely a second body to replace the 1D MkII at this time, I’ll make room. It looks filled to the brim because I double the dry cabinet to store other bulky items as well such as the Quantum Turbo packs, Speedlite flashes that can be stored in a bag. I work with a minimal set of gear for my work and don’t possess a habit of indulging in new purchases unless absolutely necessary. The name of my dry cabinet is WONDERFUL and isn’t it so?
Also, in the picture above, you see one-third of my LowePro Rolling Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW. This item belonged to Roland Lim, an EOS 20D enthusiast from Hong Kong whose other profession seems to be travelling and shooting celebrity concerts.
Check out this photo I took at a super store in Japan (March 2007):
the choice of dry cabinets is just mind-boggling to say the least.
Note: Those in Brunei darussalam who wish to pick one up, STATION 8 is a stockist for these dry cabinets and other photographic equipment. Station 8 is also a KODAK Digital lab and is my recommended lab for all your printing needs and is located at Hua Ho Manggis Mall (Ground Floor, right next to Guardian).