Quick Tip: Using Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses

Mar 10, 2015

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Quick Tip: Using Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses

Mar 10, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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This is another one of those, I am not sure if this is an awesome idea or a what the heck is going on, but it seems valid so I am going to point a light at it, and see what you think.

Lebanese photographer Alexy Joffre Frangieh does extreme conditions timelapses and every once in a while he has to give his lenses a good dry-off. Instead of using silica gels (like the rest of us) he came up with an interesting spin-off. Alexy uses menstrual pads both as means of keeping his lenses dry in their cases and as a way of drying off wet or humid lenses.

While it makes sense somehow since those pads contain polyacrylate gel which absorbs liquids. But still….

Alexy uses those quite freely and you can check his site below to see how well they work for him. But still….

[Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses | Alexy Joffre Frangieh]

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9 responses to “Quick Tip: Using Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses”

  1. Stefano Avatar
    Stefano

    that awkward moment when you go to a client place and start setting your gear…

  2. James Fogg Avatar
    James Fogg

    All kinds of human absorbing pads (diapers, incontenence pads, etc.) use sodium polyacrylate as the drying agent. It’s effective and in small doses it’s non-toxic. The problem is the word “sodium”, as in salt. If the pad becomes completely wet the sodium can migrate to the lens (sodium rots many metals) and if the pad envelope tears open you’ll have a sodium filled mess. Be careful with these.

  3. David Hoffmann Avatar
    David Hoffmann

    I stopped reading at menstrual pad. The idea is just GROSS!!!!.

    1. Jason Avatar
      Jason

      What are you 12?

  4. Joe Spowal Jr. Avatar
    Joe Spowal Jr.

    make yourself an uncooked rice satchel….cut two pieces of material 4 inches by 4 inches…sew all 3 sides together…leave the top open…fill it with rice half way…sew the top shut….voila!!

  5. sascharheker Avatar
    sascharheker

    I bet that within 2 month someone will transform this into a product with a differnet shape ( that of a camera perhaps), will print “photo dry pad” on it and will charge as much for a single pad as would buy you a whole package of menstrual pads…

  6. Stewart Parnell Avatar
    Stewart Parnell

    Use silica gel. Better than rice too.

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      Yes, this is the real way to do it. You can buy the stuff in bulk for cheap, and put them in little cloth bags. Silica gel can be recharged by sticking it in the oven for a little while. (outside of the cloth bag, of course)

      Also it won’t be in direct contact with the equipment, so you don’t need to worry about it breaking and leaking in.

  7. MG Bradley Avatar
    MG Bradley

    Squeamish dudes. If it was a diaper you’d blink 90% less.