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6D and 5D III - Weatherproofness

 
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Jun 13, 2013 03:23 |  #1

I think I may have just made that word up but interested in peoples comments on how the bodies stack up in inclement weather.




  
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Jun 13, 2013 03:54 |  #2

I am gradually building up my confidence with the 5D3. my 1D bodies have endured absolute soakings with no ill effect, however I had a 40D freeze up on me for several days after taking it out in a light shower so I'm a little nervous with the 5D3 but it has been out for a prolonged spell in light drizzle, sufficient to have garnered a thin film of water over the body and been fine.


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Jun 13, 2013 03:59 |  #3

Both are said to have weather sealing.
However, I still avoid getting my camera and lenses wet as much as possible.
If I planned to regularly use in bad weather, I would use a rain cover and/or seriously consider a 1Dx


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Jun 13, 2013 04:05 |  #4

NONE of Canon's DSLRs are advertised as "weather sealed". Some are advertised as "weather resistant".

Canon will not repair a camera that has water damage.


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Jun 13, 2013 11:45 |  #5

DamianOz wrote in post #16026553 (external link)
Both are said to have weather sealing.
However, I still avoid getting my camera and lenses wet as much as possible.
If I planned to regularly use in bad weather, I would use a rain cover and/or seriously consider a 1Dx


You cannot discard the virtue of the lens also. You need a lens advertised as weather-resistant as well, like many of the L lenses (not all), and most likely you will need a filter on said lens to complete the seal.


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Jun 13, 2013 11:52 |  #6

SkipD wrote in post #16026559 (external link)
NONE of Canon's DSLRs are advertised as "weather sealed". Some are advertised as "weather resistant".

Canon will not repair a camera that has water damage.

this.

if you can't stomach the loss of your camera, don't expose it o unnecessary water.




  
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Jun 13, 2013 11:58 |  #7

SkipD wrote in post #16026559 (external link)
NONE of Canon's DSLRs are advertised as "weather sealed". Some are advertised as "weather resistant".

Canon will not repair a camera that has water damage.

That says it all. Canon does not stand behind their weather sealing. A little foam on the doors might help with dust, but there is no way I'm taking my gear out in the rain without protection, either a raincoat or shooting under an umbrella. I know many have and have had no ill effects, but there are plenty of threads where things have not gone well.

Also, water damage can be cumulative. You might get one drop inside and it lands on a circuit board. The water activates the acid and salts residue left on the board and a little corrosion appears. The water dries and all is well. Next time a little more get in there and does a bit more damage. Then one day the camera stops working.

Lastly, these magnesium bodies, though tough, seem to really no like water. There is a very interesting dissection of a 20D that inadvertently got dipped in water for just a second. It killed the camera. Granted that this was salt water, but we are talking a few drops and almost no time.
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My bottom line is I never get the camera wet.


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Jun 13, 2013 12:10 |  #8

Been shooting a 7D in the rain a lot. No issues whatsoever. Where it did fail was extreme heat and humidity, all probably due to my fault having a 30 second exposure in those conditions :) I suspect both 6D and mk3 have improved weather resistance and I wouldn't hesitate to use it in the rain, but not for long periods or under intense shower


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Jun 13, 2013 12:14 as a reply to  @ caoko's post |  #9

Canon says both the 6D and the 5D3 have "enhanced dust and weather resistance". I take that to mean dust and splashes, not a rain storm.

Just insure your gear well. With a policy that covers everything (including an damage I may inflict) and a $100 deductible I really don't worry about environmental sealing.


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Jun 13, 2013 14:46 |  #10

If you need a camera that can take some rain, drop $500 on an old 1D mark IIN or similar. Very high level of "splashproofness", sure it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of newer bodies but for the price it might be worth it. Just make sure the lens is "weather sealed" too!


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Jun 13, 2013 15:18 |  #11

My 5D3, wearing its 24-105L got absolutely SOAKED taking this shot.

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It was raining and there was loads of spray.

Having said this, I have now bought optech (external link) rainsleeve so that I will not be as nervous next time ;)

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Jun 13, 2013 21:18 |  #12

So, to summarize:
1. people who haven't shot in rain suggest the camera will be ruined.
2. people who have shot in rain or been splashed/covered by water spray suggest it works ok.

The choice is yours :)


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Jun 13, 2013 21:29 |  #13

Scapevision wrote in post #16029059 (external link)
So, to summarize:
1. people who haven't shot in rain suggest the camera will be ruined.

From where to do make this assumption?


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Jun 13, 2013 21:35 |  #14

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Jun 13, 2013 23:27 |  #15
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I personally wouldn't risk it.

Like someone have said above, Canon won't cover it if there's water damage, and I bet it won't be cheap to repair.....

If your camera craps out, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.


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