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5D Mark III in high humidity?

 
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Apr 12, 2013 10:55 |  #1

Does anyone have recommendations for whether or not to use a 5D Mark III with the 24-105L in high humidity? I am taking a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge. It's basically an indoor water amusement park that is very warm and humid. It should be equivalent to an indoor pool. I usually use my iPhone to take simple pictures and video. However, on my last trip, I noticed some people using their DSLR's albeit they all tended to be smaller ones. The reason for using a DSLR is for the better low light capabilities.

For the most part, I don't want to take the risk with getting fungus in my camera and lens, but I wonder if I am being overly cautious. I would take the normal precautions like letting the camera get acclimated to the indoor temperature before using it. As I understand, it's less of a problem taking the camera from the pool back to the colder hotel room. Is that right?

Does anyone have experience with something like this?




  
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Apr 12, 2013 12:23 |  #2

if your phone can handle it, your camera can as well. You bought your camera to use it, so use it :)


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Apr 12, 2013 12:27 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #3

I live in the South. What you described is every day in the summer.

You'll be fine.




  
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Apr 12, 2013 12:44 as a reply to  @ Brasher's post |  #4

You should be absolutely fine. I have used my old 5Dc and 24-105L in very warm humid conditions many times over the years with no issues (places such as tropical houses in zoos, where they simulate rainforest conditions, very warm and 100% humidity). The 5D III is far better protected against moisture incursion than the old 5Dc and I would have no worries taking my new baby in there.




  
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Apr 12, 2013 12:45 as a reply to  @ Brasher's post |  #5

Here in Bangkok it is 37c (98.6f) with 70% humidity or higher at times. I think our year round average is 34c. My 5D3 is perfectly fine in high humidity.

As for mold, you need no air flow, darkness, and damp conditions. Remove one of those and you will not get mold. Don't worry about it.


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Apr 12, 2013 13:48 |  #6

I really needed the reassurance. Thanks everyone! For what it's worth, it's probably going to be too dim for the f/4 lens so I will probably end up using my old 35mm f/2 or 85mm f/1.8.




  
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Apr 14, 2013 08:43 as a reply to  @ nwlight's post |  #7

Many togs in humid environment will store their kit in a humidity controlled box - but going out and shooting is fine, especially if it is just for a short holiday. The key thing to beware of is condensation. You need to be careful when going from a cold AC controlled climate into a warm humid one. The cold camera will attract condensation which can cause serious problems.


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Apr 14, 2013 09:05 |  #8

Gregg.Siam wrote in post #15820356 (external link)
Here in Bangkok it is 37c (98.6f) with 70% humidity or higher at times. I think our year round average is 34c. My 5D3 is perfectly fine in high humidity.

As for mold, you need no air flow, darkness, and damp conditions. Remove one of those and you will not get mold. Don't worry about it.

You just described the interior of a camera bag in Bangkok/(or Houston...:rolleyes:)

Hmm... what to do?


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Apr 14, 2013 09:24 |  #9

"Contrary to popular belief, fungi can grow and thrive in a wide range of temperatures, light levels and humidity levels."

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Apr 14, 2013 09:38 |  #10

I would suggest you to buy a waterproof P&S and enjoy the swim & rides with your family. You might take better pics but the thought of securing your camera or covering it from water can ruin your otherwise enjoyable trip. I bought a Panasonic for less than $150 that can record video and take pictures up to 20-30ft. I throw in 16 GB of memory card and all set.

This way, you don't have to worry about needing somebody to always watch your stuff. I would not want to keep a $3k camera in the locker as well.

I went to GW in PA and it felt worse than the tropical countries (I grew up in SE Asia). It felt like 100% humidity at 82-degree with constant splash of water from all directions. Not to mention the slippery floors in case you trip and dip your camera into the shallow pool.


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