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The second answer is spot-on. The first answer is very good for transport, not so much for long-term storage. Ever see a wall full of used cams and lenses in a camera store, all sitting there apparently getting dusty? There's a reason for that. Darkness is the mortal enemy of optical glass. A few pawnshops know this, too, and display accordingly, but some ...


"What is the best way to store it and its lenses so that [they] remain in good shape?" If you want to keep the camera in good working order (as opposed to keeping it in good cosmetic condition), then what you need to do is NOT wrap it up in bubble wrap and packing tape, but use it! You don't need to run film through it, but you need to exercise the shutter ...


Here's how I would do it. I'd clean each piece, remove any batteries and put on lens caps and body caps, and wrap it up with a soft microfiber cloth. I would wrap that with a layer (or two) of bubble wrap and tape that up with some plastic shipping tape. I would take all of the pieces and place them in a box with a tight sealing lid (Tupperware, Sterilite, ...


Ad 1a : What kind of "food" does it find in a glass element? Dust. There is dust inside your lenses. It's almost never visible on the photos, sometimes you can see some of it by shining flashlight from the other side, but the dust is there. Some of it is biological (including fungi spores) and this is what fungus eats. This is why it's so important to ...


Fungus is just a biological, er, thing, which will grow when the conditions are right. Sorry for the poor information, I just wanted to say: untreated fungus can etch the coating on your lens and therefore damage it permanently. Better do something about it.

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