cameras in the rain

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  1. Dweller

    Dweller Inconspicuous Supporter

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    Inspired by Rob A's thread about Cameras in the cold, I wanted to ask about how you handle rain.

    My last trip out was in the rain. I was looking for some shots of wet streets and things like that but it was showery so it would rain for a while, then stop raining for a while... more than once I found myself far from my car and it would start raining again.

    The camera I use is a Canon AE-1 Program and as tough as this camera is I am thinking that rain is not on the list of things its designed to handle hehe

    So what do you guys do when you find yourself in the rain and needing a picture?

    I also found an issue with my 70-200 fogging up when I got back to the warm car, but have some tips now about how to handle that.
     
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    Carry an umbrella :p If it's windy and you find yourself and camera still getting wet, bring a plastic bag and put it over the camera. Cut or rip a small hole for the lens to poke through. Use a lens hood.
     
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  3. Christie Photo

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    You won't rust, but the camera might. Gotta keep it dry. I'd reschedule.

    But, I don't live in Portland. Just when will it NOT be raining?

    Good luck!!!

    -Pete Christie
     
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  4. Big Mike

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    A plastic bag or a shower cap can be easily wrapped around the camera...leaving only the business end of the lens exposed. You might have trouble focusing with a bag on the lens barrel though. A small hole cut out for the viewfinder might also be needed.

    Not guaranteed to keep your camera dry in a rain storm but it should help.
     
  5. ksmattfish

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    Get a poor weather dedicated camera. Something all mechanical and cheap. For 35mm film I use Pentax Spotmatics. They are available cheap, built like a tank, 100% mechanical (except the meter), and take great photos.
     
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    I have a raincover that I use that covers the camera and has a tight ring around the lens so that only the front optics are exposed - to be honest it makes the camera very difficult to use and changing film almost impossible.

    Generally I find that a small towel does the job and since the AE1 is pretty much bulletproof should do you just fine.

    However having read Matts advice above I have an old Pentax that does the job very well that I usually use for Street work (so it doesnt really get noticed and certainly never gets stolen) - however I may just try it in the rain next time.


    Spike
     
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    And the great thing about the old cameras is they are solid metal. Even if someone is willing to try and steal a $30 camera, you can bonk them over the head with it, and the camera would probably still work. ;)
     
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    I have a rain sleeve as SPIKE000 mentioned. I enjoy working in the rain & found it quite easy to handle the camera under this cover...Very inexpensive and well worth the few dollars as long as you don't mind getting yet :)
     
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    I do not think it is a good idea for digging up this over 7 years old thread.
     
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    I always carry a cheap rain coat in my camera bag. The last time I was caught in a heavy rain, I was trapped in a little cannoe with no where to go! Luckily I had my rain coat with me but I am still soak.

    You never know when it is going to rain here in South East Asia.
     

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