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Jun 19, 2014 21:21 |  #1

Hi, I do live in Hawaii but never took my camera to the beach. I might be going the Outer Banks NC in a few weeks kinda like a camping trip but maybe in a cottage. Since my 35L is not weather sealed, should I keep it at home ad bring my 24-105? I love my 35 and it is on my camera 80% of the time. I purchased a Lowepro hatchback 22L AW for the trip.


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Jun 19, 2014 21:38 |  #2

Just bring the 35L with you. The biggest issue you'd encounter at the beach is salt spray unless you're dropping your camera in the sand. I regularly have my 5DII with either my 24-70 or 70-200 at the beach and I haven't had any issues.




  
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Jun 19, 2014 21:43 |  #3

Heya,

If your camera body isn't sealed, it doesn't matter if the lens is really at that point. Dunno what body you're using.

Regardless, take what you love to shoot. Just don't put the camera in the water, and don't drop it in the sand. Clean it at the end of the day to get the salt off. I use mine at the beach, in a swamp, etc, humid, salty conditions all the time, and my stuff isn't weather sealed (except my bigger lens), and I just clean it off now and then. No big deal.

Do you want to just take photographs and enjoy it and enjoy it years later? Or do you want to fret and live less, worrying about stuff that is totally replaceable?

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Jun 19, 2014 22:53 |  #4

That lack of sealing have me passing on it until an MK II comes out, I have filters on 24L and 50L lenses and took the 24mm shooting in the falling snow all around the train station until I could not feel my hands last winter. It was great.

I would recommend taking the 35L with a good ND2 or ND4 filter to the beach. This will help and protect. The ND filter is great for shooting wide open in brighter lights handheld. It opens up new shooting opportunities. A CPL filter may create unwanted color casts in the sky.


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Jun 20, 2014 01:01 |  #5

I shoot with my old 7D. I was thinking of just the 7d and 24-105 after reading the comments. B&w uv filter and and nd. Since the 35l isn't weather seal with salt spray make it into the lens?


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Jun 20, 2014 01:15 |  #6

I took my old T2i and Sigma 18-50/2.8-4.5 to the beach and shot with it the whole week, came home without a single issue, it even got rained on once :lol:

Bring what you like to shoot with and have fun ;)


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Jun 20, 2014 01:26 |  #7

If you intend to stand in the breaking surf to photography, the you are probably asking for trouble(water / salt) with ANY equipment regardless of weather sealing.
I would happily take my 6D and 24/50L though a rainforest before I took them to the local beach.
But thats just me. I am from Miami, salt water rots wood and rusts metal.
I would be happy to shoot all day with my 100L at the beach, I would bring the water to me. :)
And keep my distance for photography with my DSLR near salt/ water.


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Jun 20, 2014 01:35 |  #8

Heya,

For cost, just a heretical thought here... Pentax makes some decent little APS-C's with associated lenses that are nicely water resistant and combined, cost less than an L lens does, let alone a weather resistant Canon body. If you just want a fun DSLR that can go into the beach and water and not require an external house or risk a $4~5k setup. And it's not just a waterproof P&S. Kind of neat.

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Jun 20, 2014 01:44 |  #9

If you use common sense you won’t have a problem. I have my 7d with various lenses here with me in afghan. The dust and sand in the air is very fine and will get everywhere. This is the second time I’ve had it out here and I have no worries. Final thought, if something did get inside; simply send it to get cleaned.


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Jun 20, 2014 08:30 |  #10

When spending time at the beach, I take the SealLine Storm Sack 20-Liter Dry Bag (if I'm using the 150-600 Tamron or the 10 Liter version with my shorter lenses.


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Jun 20, 2014 08:31 |  #11

I use my 5DIII and 100-400L for shooting surfers and other beach activity. I keep away from the beach when there is a lot of spray blowing towards the beach. I do not change lenses on the beach. I do not use the camera and lens when there is a strong wind with sand blowing. I do not put the camera down but keep it on the strap around my neck all the time.
With these simple and sensible precautions and restrictions I have been using my gear for years without a problem.


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Jun 20, 2014 09:45 |  #12

I'm not going in the water with my gear. When we are going in the water the camera will go back in the bag and no changing of lenses. The camera is mostly for exploring a few shots on the beach but more landscapes shots of the outer banks since I've never been their. I figure I can use my android phone for the close to the water shots. Good idea on the windy days. I've never been yo the place so it's hard to judge.


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Jun 20, 2014 13:55 |  #13

We have been to Corolla Light on the Outer Banks seven or eight times.

The area is well known for its gorgeous sunsets, ocean and sound views, lighthouses (one in Corolla) beautiful bike paths and no high rise buildings.

We spent a week there in May. I took the 5D3 and used almost exclusively the 35mm f/2 IS. Very pleased with that combo. I also had the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II which came in handy for some BIF shots but mostly to get closer shots of the sun setting over the sound.

At the Wright Brothers memorial in Kill Devil Hills, the 35 f/2 IS was all I needed.

We spent a day bike riding and I carried (on the bike) an SL-1 with the 18-135 IS STM - perfect combo for on the go.

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Jun 20, 2014 14:34 |  #14

vk2gwk wrote in post #16983270 (external link)
I use my 5DIII and 100-400L for shooting surfers and other beach activity. I keep away from the beach when there is a lot of spray blowing towards the beach. I do not change lenses on the beach. I do not use the camera and lens when there is a strong wind with sand blowing. I do not put the camera down but keep it on the strap around my neck all the time.
With these simple and sensible precautions and restrictions I have been using my gear for years without a problem.

Great Advice!

I shoot at the beach regularly and with some (pro) surf shooters who are right on the shoreline most of the time. They do this several days a week for years with some "Very" expensive setups. Doesn't seem to bother them much. One told me he just does a wipe down externally with some lens cleaner when he gets back.


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Jun 20, 2014 21:39 |  #15

PixelPusher wrote in post #16983987 (external link)
Great Advice!

I shoot at the beach regularly and with some (pro) surf shooters who are right on the shoreline most of the time. They do this several days a week for years with some "Very" expensive setups. Doesn't seem to bother them much. One told me he just does a wipe down externally with some lens cleaner when he gets back.

The lens cleaner great advice


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