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Hunt-man
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Feb 03, 2013 10:32 |  #1

So I was watching Art Wolf and saw his camera and high dollar lens covered in moisture, water droplets. He was up in Alaska and it was lightly raining. I know he likely gets his gear for free and repaired at no cost.

So for us mere mortals, how wet can a 7D and a lens get? I'm guessing, not wet.


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Feb 03, 2013 10:46 |  #2

Well, for the body, unless it is a 1D series, try to keep as dry as possible.

As for the lenses, if they are sealed, should handle moisture reasonably.

But as always with anything, exercise good judgement.


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Feb 03, 2013 11:01 |  #3

It can get pretty wet and be ok; but it's so easy to just carry a couple of Rain Sleeves around and toss one on if rail comes up, and then you don't have to worry about it.


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Feb 03, 2013 11:02 |  #4

there is no concrete answer. common sense tells you two things.....

water and electricity do not mix
even the most foolproof system can fail

your risk tolerance is your own. do whatever you want in life.


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Feb 03, 2013 11:05 |  #5

Keep in mind, many lenses need a filter to complete its seal.


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Feb 03, 2013 11:15 as a reply to  @ Higgs Boson's post |  #6

I had my 350d and 75-300 out in light rain most of a day at the zoo a few years back - both lens and camera still work.

I have a friend who had his camera and lens fried (D3 and 14-24 Nikon I think) when it had a cupful of water splashed on it/him

It all depends on how well it's sealed, how hard the water is hitting, where it's hitting.

On the 1D bodies the weak points are the battery tray, and the lens mount (especially with older lenses as the rubber lens mount seal gets worn)

I wouldn't hesitate to use my gear in light rain, but it if was going to be out in it all day, I would try and take a rain cover, and use it (basically if I just take my jacket, i leave the cover at home, If I take rain pants too, the aquatech cover comes along too)


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Feb 03, 2013 12:10 |  #7

I've done the same for years, had my cameras soaked by snow or rain. I do my best to shield them, but I can't shoot if it sits on the shelf. I travel worldwide and take the opportunity to shoot when I have it. I may not get another chance. I was in Antarctica on a ship and figured I would rather shoot than leave the camera inside. That was an older camera though. I believe I was shooting a Nikon then. Don't dunk the camera, but rain won't kill it, just keep it covered as much as possible. My 50D has suffered at my hands for three years and is going strong. Often, in the case of Fall colors, a wet leaves will give you a much better image than dry dust covered ones. I had an old Nikkormat whose meter stopped working while I was shooting covered bridges. I kept shooting, setting the exposure based on the conditions, and once I got back to the truck, I pulled the battery, it was wet. I dried it and all worked well. Of course that is an all manual camera so there are no real electronics to be damaged.

My old 350D was treated the same. It lasted despite being soaked with water and once was soaked by beer while celebrating the upcoming New Year in Montevideo, Uruguay with the locals in the street. It was a big beer fight in the streets. I was soaked from head to toe in beer and so was the camera. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. A friend snapped this image of me being carried through the crowd by the locals. At this point I was still fairly dry. I did at one point put my camera in a friend's bag, but by then the camera was already wet. I had a sticky button once I got back to the ship and since I was in South America for another month or so and had no opportunity to send it for repair, I cleaned it carefully with fresh water and let it dry. To clean the button I splashed water into the button with the camera upside down so the water wouldn't run into it past the button, then let it dry thoroughly with the battery out before using it again. It continued to work well until I got the 50D.

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Feb 03, 2013 12:12 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #8

Good info, thanks. I spend a lot of time floating / fishing rivers and out in the elements. I will try to keep dry and keep covers handy.

Is there a cover that is made or should i just use a plastic bag?

Great photo and beer story! :)


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Feb 03, 2013 12:23 |  #9

Thanks! It was an unforgettable day.

I usually just tuck the camera under a jacket. My brother bought me a cover for Christmas but I haven't yet used it. Here is their link http://cloakbags.com/ (external link)




  
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Feb 03, 2013 12:37 |  #10

Hunt-man wrote in post #15567744 (external link)
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Is there a cover that is made or should i just use a plastic bag?

For occasional use, I think these guys (external link) are the best solution, and they don't cost an arm and a leg.

If you're constantly out in the elements there are a few, more heavy duty selections; but I just carry a couple of those Rain Sleeves in my bag and they've been plenty so far.


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Feb 03, 2013 13:21 |  #11

A 1 series body with most L lenses, particularly the white ones, are weather sealed. I've shot in pretty steady rain with no covers and never had a problem. I just make sure I wipe things down after and let them dry out well before putting away.


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Feb 03, 2013 17:51 |  #12

Last Friday I had my T2i and 35/2 (no filter) out in the snow for 2 hours, camera was pretty much soaked when I got back, wiped it down with a brush then a rag and it didn't give me a single issue. While I was shooting I used my lens pen brush to wipe snow off of the main dial, VF and front element. Usually as long as you're not in a straight up downpour you will be fine from my experience.


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Feb 04, 2013 21:19 |  #13

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Feb 09, 2013 18:31 |  #14

OMG! They froze it / filled with water / lit it on fire / dropped it down stairs

... and it still worked? Wow. I'm not going to be so worried about my 7D.

I might worry a bit more about the lens.....


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