Canon/Nikon - weather sealing

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  1. battletone

    battletone TPF Noob!

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    So I find I like taking pictures while outdoors hiking, it likes to rain a lot. I take my XSi out in my backpack, I haven't had any issues with a light misting, and frankly, if it ever breaks from a light misting then so be it.

    But a lot times I don't take pictures because it is actually raining.

    Is the Nikon D300s really weather sealed? Same as a professional Nikon? I see on the website it says dust and moisture resistant or something of that nature. Obviously it won't take a dunk without having...issues....but what is the extent?

    The D700 looks like it is a FF sensor? That is a lot more expensive, and I am happy with my 1.6x crop and am happy with 12mp. But is the D700 better weather proof?

    I am not interested too much in switching, as I like the function and layout of my XSi, but I would like to move to something more weather proof, and when it comes to spending $1500 (at least) for new body (and even more for a Canon as far as I can tell), I am not vested enough yet to avoid the switch. I just have one lens so far, remote, batteries, and memory cards. ..and the D300 seems to offer a professional AF.

    I guess what I am asking, which Canon/Nikon models are suitable for outdoors? Are weatherproof Nikon lenses comparable in price to Canon? I need to figure out where I am going before I start putting money into glass.
     
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    If you don't want to switch I suggest something in the XXD series from Canon, a 7D, or if you're after super-duper weather sealing (as in torrential downpour or blizzard and it'll still work) a 1D.
     
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    You can also get a used d200 for pretty cheap from keh.com and it's fully sealed and well below your budget. Anything below the D200 and D2 series are not sealed. Also, Canon's 1D series bodies from the mk2 on up are sealed, and supposedly better than Nikon in terms of actual water-proofness. But, the only other bodies that are weather-sealed from Canon are the 7D and 5D mk 2 (I think), which limits your options.
     
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    Remember also that just because the body is sealed, that doesn't mean the lens is too. I have a 7D (which is sealed), but I don't own any sealed "L" glass and none of my various lenses are. If you're planning to do a lot of shooting in heavy rain, an underwater housing might be worth looking into.
     
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    No, all of the XXD's have at least some form or another of weather resistance.

    *hands icassell a cookie for remembering that*
     
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    Oatmeal raisin?
     
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    Look into the Aqua tech camera rain covers,which are what the pros use when it is truly raining. I bought one that fits a pro Nikon or Canon body with a 300mm f/2.8 or smaller lens on the body,and it works great.

    A few years ago, I covered a big regional track meet that lasted about 7 hours. After about 6 hours and 30 minutes in the rain, and after having wiped off the buttons and the camera every 10 minutes, my Nikon D1h body started acting weird....the buttons on the back could not be pressed without the camera acting weird...I could not change the ISO....hitting the review button made the camera run thru the images one after another after another....hitting Magnify, well, you get the idea. 6hrs 30 mins, and rain problems!

    The camera still SHOT,and the shutter speed dial still worked, and I set the lens apertures manually as I always do, on the lens on a D1 or D2, but the camera didn't work fully right until I let it dry out for about fie days. I sold it right after that. I bought an Aquatech jacket for my D2x that fall.
     
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    That's just mean. :lol:
     
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    I don't shoot in the rain usually, I just don't have anything of interest out there to shoot. But I've been caught in the rain before... down pours to be exact.

    The last time it happened (this fall) I was properly armed with my 1D. I didn't bother covering it, I just kept shooting as we worked our way to the car. It got a very good dousing needless to say.

    From the last outing in the rain:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Isn't there a youtube video of a guy washing his 1D series under the faucet and scrubbing it with a toothbrush.
     
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    All Nikon and Canon models are suitable for outdoors. A little rain rarely hurts a camera. Yes the weather sealed cameras can be drenched without issue, and with a weather sealed lens you can be sure to protect from water ingress in the lens mount too, but ultimately I haven't seen someone break their XSi due to rain either.

    Now admittedly I'm not talking about rain inTempus style like above, but if you're worried just drape a shirt or a small cloth over the top of the camera. This will let you keep shooting, cost absolutely nothing, and even in quite a heavy storm will prevent raindrops forming on the camera sizable enough to slip through the gaps.

    Then when your camera finally kicks the bucket you have an excuse to buy a 7D :)
     
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    Don't forget to shoot with a lens hood. I've found that raindrops on the lens are hard to photoshop out again.
     

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