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What would you do in this situation?

 
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Apr 03, 2009 18:07 |  #16

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Blind them with flash :lol:

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Apr 03, 2009 21:27 |  #17

Joshua Bowden wrote in post #7596426 (external link)
Hey guys :D

Say I wanted to go down to the beach and shoot pictures of my brother in the surf, and I wanted to shoot from the sand what would you do?

If the wind picks up and the sand goes flying im f'ed :D

Haha, so what would you use/do to prevent the sand getting near the body/lens?

Thanks :)

Joshhh

I literally live on a beach and have for more than 20 years.

When sand blows - and it has to be really honking for it to get way airborne (like 50 knots or so). Otherwise it just blows around usually about 6" off the surface or if it's pretty windy no more than about 18".

Just don't put your camera bag down low and you will be fine. UV filters are not required.

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Apr 03, 2009 22:08 |  #18

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I go to the beach all the time with my gear. For 1, I always use a sling type bag there, or any bag that you can get the camera in and out of quickly will do. I am constantly putting in away between shooting with it as opposed to keeping it around my neck always like I usually do. Be careful putting the bag down, if you do, put something down before it, like a towel or jacket if possible. You don't want sand to get in your bag, that's the worst of all. I don't use filters at all, unless it's for effect, I just try to keep the camera out of the wind. If sand is blowing around where you are, you'll know it.

That sums it up nicely. Though personally, I have a high quality UV filter on at all times when I'm at the beach.


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Apr 04, 2009 09:45 |  #19

Let me give a little more background on what i said. I have a P&S and more recently a 40D. The P&S (Powershot A95), i have had almost since it first came out. About 6 months after than, i got sand in the lens after dropping it. 4 years later or so, its still got sand in the zoom mechanism but is fine. The cost to service it and remove said sand is £60, for which i could basically get a new camera.

Get out and shoot, gear isn't meant to be babied!

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Apr 05, 2009 05:55 |  #20

If the wind is so bad that it's kicking up sand I think it's safe to say the surf would be blown out anyways. Hence a quick session if one at all. Or you can shoot from the pier if there is one.


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Apr 05, 2009 05:56 |  #21

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Get out and shoot, gear isn't meant to be babied!

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Mine is! :)


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Apr 05, 2009 08:15 |  #22

Joshua Bowden wrote in post #7596426 (external link)
Hey guys :D

Say I wanted to go down to the beach and shoot pictures of my brother in the surf, and I wanted to shoot from the sand what would you do?

If the wind picks up and the sand goes flying im f'ed :D

Haha, so what would you use/do to prevent the sand getting near the body/lens?

Thanks :)

Joshhh

I notice your from NSW australia, what beach were you going to?
I have taken my camera to the beach many times particularly newcastle and merewether beach, and the only time your going to have issues, is if your standing in the water, and a big wave breaks.
Just watch the sets of waves, but the only way sand is going to be an issue there, is if its really windy.
stand on the wet sand, wet sand doesnt get blown around in small winds, not sure about large winds as i dont take cameras down then


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Apr 05, 2009 10:58 |  #23

I was in SF years ago with my brand new T-90 and spent a lot of time shooting around the windy coast. There wasn't a lot of grit around but there was a lot of salt in the air. Shortly thereafter all the electronics in the camera started going wonky. This was in the days of mechanical-everything lenses so they didn't fail, but I ended up getting the camera repaired/replaced, no questions asked, under an aftermarket service agreement (Ritz). So, do I take precautions all the time? Yes, I do. Filters, sealed body or a rain cover, minimized exposure.


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Apr 05, 2009 11:33 |  #24

I've had my Sony 707 in hurricanes and beaches more times than I can count.... 7 years later it is still working fine.

As mentioned earlier. Flying sand rarely gets higher than knee level and it takes a LOT of wind to get it above ankle level.

Yes, my 40D and lenses are certainly not as "tight" as the old Sony but a bit of common sense and all should be fine. Mine will be hitting the islands in June. I'll report back if I get any sand in my camera ;-)a


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