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mazda21
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Apr 12, 2012 22:32 |  #1

I will be going to the Long beach Grand Prix Tomorrow and it looks like rain. I have a 7D and some L lenses. Can these cameras handle rain or just a light mist? Thanks, Bob.


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themadman
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Apr 12, 2012 22:36 |  #2

Light rain / mist should be fine, but I would put a plastic bag over it. No Canon camera, not even the 1D, 1Ds, and 1Dx cameras are warranted against water.


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Apr 12, 2012 23:55 as a reply to themadman's post |  #3

The 7d has some of the best weather sealing out there, assuming it's fitted to a weather sealed lens.

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It was the only camera out of several professional bodies (50D 5DII) to survive this^

With that said, a rain jacket is recommended for it.



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Apr 13, 2012 00:24 |  #4

If it rains on Friday like it did on Wednesday there's no way I'd risk it without some type of protection.




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Apr 13, 2012 00:29 |  #5

Yeah, bag it and call it good. The 1 series is as weather proof as you can get, and even those are not waterproof, just can handle a decent amount of rain and dirt before being ruined.


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Apr 13, 2012 00:37 |  #6

Very good question.

I'll be attending the SF Giants home opener tomorrow and it shows rain. Was a bit concerned of the weather for my 7D.


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Apr 13, 2012 02:53 |  #7

These bags are handy and they support the site.
http://www.procamerage​ar.com ..._info.php/products_​id/734external link


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Apr 13, 2012 06:58 |  #8

Psychic1 wrote in post #14257932external link
These bags are handy and they support the site.
http://www.procamerage​ar.com ..._info.php/products_​id/734external link

4buck a pop + shipping? For real guys?

I mean come on! It should be like 20 bucks 10 of them with shipping or something.:confused:


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Apr 13, 2012 07:19 |  #9

Some L have weather sealing, some don't. Sealed must have protective filter on.


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Apr 13, 2012 07:35 |  #10

No DSLR on the market is truly "weather sealed", including the 7D. No lenses for these cameras are completely weather proof either.

They are "weather resistant", at best. Seals help keep out dust and moisture, but aren't fool proof. Some L series lenses see improved resistance when fitted with a protective filter (mostly the wide lenses such as 17-40, 16-35). Others don't benefit from that at all (70-200s, 300mm primes).

It might be fine.... or not. One drop of moisture inside an electronic camera or lens can potentially cause it to short out and fry the circuity. Even if it doesn't cause a short, over time moisture can lead to corrosion or encourage fungus insider gear.

So, why risk it? Get a plastic bag, some rubber bands and perhaps some tape... and give it some additional protection. Use the lens hood to keep drops off the front element as best possible. Be especially careful when changing lenses or if opening any of the camera's compartments to change batteries, memory, etc.


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Apr 13, 2012 07:53 |  #11

I bought a think tank hydrophobia 300-600 V2 to cover my 1d4 and 400 2.8 IS II for last weeks football game. Worked so well I picked up the 70-200 yesterday for last nights football game. Same results. High and dry even with a foot of wet snow falling. I, on the other hand, didn't fair so well. Soaked right through by half time.


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Apr 13, 2012 08:16 |  #12

Sure cameras take a bit of rain/snow. But I rather play it safe and use rain covers. This winter we had quite few skiing WC racers, where it was snowing pretty bad, and on one, I know for 5 or 6 bodies (all 1d, which have A LOT better sealing then 7d/5d for example), which died... on one single race, and it was snowing not raining (snow is a bit better then rain when it comes to this).
So it's up to you, but rain covers are cheap. Canon ones are free, and they are good enough, some like Think tank Hydrophobia are expensive like hell, but when you consider, you cover, and protect $10k+ worth equipment those $150 is really not so much. Especially since everything what dies because of rain, will cost you $500+ right away.


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Apr 13, 2012 10:15 |  #13

I use a plastic shopping bag for my 7D, so far it's never had a problem.




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Apr 13, 2012 10:27 |  #14

Storem jackets as known here do the job very effectively

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Apr 13, 2012 10:55 |  #15

jakovmarkovic wrote in post #14258337external link
4buck a pop + shipping? For real guys?

I mean come on! It should be like 20 bucks 10 of them with shipping or something.:confused:

Jak:

$4.00 is too expensive???

I opened one two years ago and the other in still new in the bag.

They are totally reusable.


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