Sat 01-Aug-09 02:53 AM | edited Sat 01-Aug-09 02:59 AM by northrop
aperture above focusing threads. so for the most part, you'll store them mount up for minimizing the potential oil dripping problem. but i don't think it makes any difference with self lubricating blades. just don't store them on their sides, and you'll be fine.
Every Nikon lens case I have is designed to hold the lens with the mount on top.
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There is no particular reason for this other than storage stability. The lens is more stable with the heavy and wider end at the bottom rather than balancing on the narrow end.
Lens are not stored horizontally because of two reasons. 1) They take up more shelf space that way and 2) cylindrical objects have a tendency to roll off the shelf and smash to the floor.
Yes, some people have personal reasons why they store lens one way over another but lets remember that the vast majority of images are taken with the lens horizontal and hence it is rather daft for anyone to suggest storing them horizontally would be damaging - other than the rolling off the shelf issue.
I had never heard anything about how NOT to store lenses. Your explanation makes perfect sense, but I doubt mine will roll out of their storage slot in my backpack. lol
The only lens I've had roll off actually rolled off of the front of my D3 when I accidentally hit the "disengage" button on the camera while taking a photo. I've read of that happening to several people as well, but it didn't make me feel any better.
Thank you for clarifying that issue. I recently bought a Pelican case for mostly storage and occasional transport. Of the 7 lenses, 2 are in the vertical position. The others are horizontal, too long to store in the vertical position. I also have a silica gel packet in case to hopefully keep mold from forming.
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Yep, I think it has to do with stability only. If it was truly important (otherwise) how lenses are stored Nikon would include the information with every lens sold. Fungus is about the only thing to be concerned about and it doesn't take much to avoid it.
From my perspective, stability and lens position is only an issue if they are stored on a shelf or some similar flat surface. If they're stored in a case, it doesn't matter what position they're in unless there isn't sufficient padding between them. I've stored lenses in a variety of positions for years without any affect on the lens condition.
The only real issue with long term storage is the one mentioned above concerning humidity and mold. If the storage area is below 50% humidity, from my information, there's little to worry about as long as the lenses are initially clear of mold. However, if even one of them has it, the others will be subject to the potential problem since mold spores are very easily spread. Above 50% humidity, the risk of mold obviously increases, but at what rate I'm not sure. If you have a high humidity situation, such as 70-80% or above, dehumidification measures for long term storage would probably be prudent. However, for short term exposures, unless mold is already present, it's rarely a problem.
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There's a valid reason to store at least some lenses with the mount up. I have a 55 2.8 AIS micro which many know is prone to the lubricant oozing from the helicoid onto the aperture blades. Some early 35mm f/2 AF lenses had this same problem IIRC. For these lenses, and others that may suffer from the same problem, it's a good idea to store them mount UP. My $.02.
Other than for those very few lenses with known lubrication issues (early 35mm f/2 AFD, for example) I have found nothing to show that it matters one way or the other. In over 40 years of shooting (with both Nikon and Leica gear) I have never had a lens problem caused by "improper" storage.
I have a few, inexpensive, Hakuba aluminum cases in which I store my lenses. These are not very tall and, unless the lens is a short prime, I store them on their sides.
More than anything (other than clumsiness), mold and fungus are the greatest enemies of lenses. Darkness and humidity are the major causes of mold and fungus problems but we all seem to store our lenses inside bags/cases which are dark and can trap humidity.
I highly recommend placing at least one silica gel container in each case/bag and to "renew" them on a regular basis. I have a bunch of metal silca gel containers that I picked up on ebay for next to nothing. I check them all about once a week and those that need renewal go into the oven. Low tech and very effective.
Although silica gel can minimize damage from moisture, darkness is an entirely different issue. While I don't follow any schedule, I try to get my lenses out into the light as often as possible....the best way to do this is to actually use them.