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Best way to store lenses?

Justin Weiss , Mar 07, 2009; 11:18 a.m.

What is the best way to store lenses when they're not on your camera? Standing up, lying on their side, in some sort of protective case or rack, etc?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but these things are darned expensive and I want to keep mine in good condition!


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Eric Sande , Mar 07, 2009; 11:25 a.m.

I keep mine in a couple of small, build-it-yourself cupboards from Wal-Mart that have doors. I have a few padded Tamrac lens cases that often have lenses in them.

I kind of miss the days when I had just enough to fill a camera bag, because that's where I would keep them. If I keep lenses in my camera bag(s) now, it's too much work to find the one I want when I need it!

Remco Jan Woldhuis , Mar 07, 2009; 11:34 a.m.

Lenses have been designed to be carried around, so just put them in your bag....

Tim Knight , Mar 07, 2009; 12:13 p.m.

Justin, I am adding a past article for you to read. Depending on where you live this also will be something you need to be concerned about (mold and fungus). Personally I keep my lenses in the camera bag or on the camera.

Raymond Wong , Mar 07, 2009; 12:13 p.m.

I was told that the best way is keep them standing on their mount end. It reduces the probability of having oil in the aperture blades. And we also need to avoid heat and moisture on them. I know there are special moisture controlled cabinets used in damp climates. Don't know how widespread those are used.

Kuryan Thomas , Mar 07, 2009; 12:18 p.m.

I've always stored them in my Lowepro backpack with the camera, in a closet. Never had any problem with that. But I have only 5 lenses - if you have a lot, Eric's solution is more convenient.

Mike Bisom , Mar 07, 2009; 12:47 p.m.

Changes in temperature and humidity are what can cause mold/fungus. Storing a lens in a zippered bag may not be the best thing for it since it can't "breathe". I think the important thing to consider is to store your lens in a dry place that has reasonable air exchange.

Luis G , Mar 07, 2009; 12:50 p.m.

Nose up minimizes the oil-on-blade problem.

Steven P , Mar 07, 2009; 01:01 p.m.

With primes and short zooms, I tape the end caps together and stack them in my bag. It makes switching lenses easier and faster. I hate fumbling for end caps. I have never had a problem with oil on the blades. Many of my lenses are 20+ years old.

Ilkka Nissila , Mar 07, 2009; 02:30 p.m.

Store them so that the aperture is higher than the focusing threads. On most lenses this means that the front cap goes down.

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