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If the bag is subject to enough force to damage the hood, then I'd be worried for the lens/camera. There should be no problem leaving the hood on, however it can take up a lot more space. For this reason most hoods can be reversed for storage. If they can't be reversed, I often take the hood off and place it loose around the lens for extra protection.


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Given that you specifically state "small rare earth magnets" I can tell you the data will most definitely not be affected, but let me lay out my argument. A magnetic field can induce a current - BUT this requires a pulsating magnetic field. Your rare earth magnets create a static magnetic field, so technically only if something moves in the magnetic field ...


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"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 ...


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What is the best way to store this equipment? Is there a storage system that works well for photographic equipment? The best method for long term storage of photographic equipment is to place it in a temperature stable, low dust, low humidity environment with plenty of fresh air circulation. Lenses even benefit from occasional exposure to UV light through ...


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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, ...


2

Indifferent. In AF it will prevent movement of the focus ring but if the ring is forced somehow, it could cause damage to the focus gears or motor (if it isn't full time MF capable). In MF, you don't have to worry about damage to the gears, but the lens itself may now loosen up and may cause added wear and tear on the lens from actuating. Both cases are ...


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Generally speaking it doesn't matter if you leave the lens in AF or MF. AF will prevent the lens barrel from moving, however, so might be the safer choice. You should take the lens off your camera only when absolutely necessary to avoid getting dust in the camera itself. There's no need to take the lens off the camera when not in use.


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The calculator found here (https://www.silicagelproducts.co.nz/blog/How-much-Silica-Gel-is-required) indicates that you need 5g of silica gel. That being said, even distribution will help remove moisture better than a single packet, so consider two 2.5g packets placed on both sides of the box. You may need more or less silica based on your environment ...


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For smaller beauty dishes up to about 12 inches in diameter, I've been known to use a 'cake caddy' once or twice. But I'm not sure if you can easily find them in sizes of 24+ inches.


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The #1 best way to store the pictures is to scan the slides as soon as possible and save multiple copies of the digital files in multiple places. Slides will degrade. The only question is how fast. There are various degradation mechanisms of slides. One is that the dyes simply fade. As with most chemical processes, lower temperature slows this down. ...


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