dSLRs and water?

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  1. darkpbstar

    darkpbstar TPF Noob!

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    Ok so I've posted before, and was wondering how a SLR will handle a rain drop or two. I'm not saying downpoor conditions, but say there's a cool bunch of clouds over head, or in the distance, and I really want the picture, but there is a chance it may rain suddenly, or if it is already "dripping" from the sky randomly. Any tips? Thanks alot!
     
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    You should be good, ive found even lower end DSLRs to be much tougher that i thought.
     
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    I shoot a Nikon D70s and often have to shoot in heavy snowfall. The seals must work great because ive never had a problem.

    Sometimes I bring a grocery bag and a backpack with me when i shoot in rainy conditions, so if it starts to pour i can seal it up rather safely. If it DOES get wet, have a cloth handy ( i use a lens cloth) and soak up most of the water before you go pressing buttons because thats when you risk it getting inside the most.

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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A plastic bag and shower caps are often used by photographers to avoid getting thier camera wet, but I prefer something like this: (UK and US company)
    http://www.optech-online.co.uk/prdrainsleeve.htm

    Because it not only covers the whole camera but also has a slot so you can see through the viewfinder with ease (don't go sticking your head in the plastic bag to get the effect!!)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I once got caught in the rainforests of Costa Rica without my camera bag. I did have a small plastic bag and a shower cap...but my camera still got completely soaked. It fogged up for a day or two...but it's still OK, a few years later. I probably got lucky and I don't recommend doing this yourself ;)....but it's good to know that they are pretty tough.
     
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    Get a large zip lock bag, cut a hole for the lens, put a rubber band around the bottom of the lens, and you are ready for a down pour. open the bag a little if you need to focus. Lens are not too sensitive to water- oh wait, auto every things might be.. Works for dusty or sandy conditions. I often do this at the beach.
    Judge Sharpe
     
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    I've heard that the high-end Canon bodies, when used with L-series lenses, are supposed to be effectively watertight. Out of my budget, though...
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    most SLRs will do fine with a couple of water drops.
     
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    I would suggest to have an umbrella handy.. and an assistant to hold it while you shoot. ha!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    would like to meet the clever dude who decides to test if high end canons are water tight or not
     
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    all i know is I cringe when I read the title of this thread...I go out of my way to not let water get on my leather car seats yet alone electronics.
     

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