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5D mark III weather sealing and cold weather use

 
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Mar 26, 2012 00:45 |  #1

The Canon 5D mark III is my first pro camera. I have some questions about the conditions I can put this camera through.


First off all the lenses I have are weather sealed and have b&w filters on them with the use of lens hood on the 5D mark III.


My question is I am going to be storm chasing this season. Will I be able to use the Mark III without any issues for this task or should I still get a rain cover ?

Also in the winter will I be able to shoot photos in the snow without issues other then faster battery drain. I hear this camera is built like a tank I don't plan on putting it in water but I would like to know what this cameras limitations are just to be safe and what I need to do to protect my gear when using it in rain and snowy & cold conditions.


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Mar 26, 2012 00:47 |  #2

i would think that a rain cover is a good idea.
none of the bodies are water proof



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Mar 26, 2012 00:49 |  #3

you'll need a rain cover.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 00:54 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #4

What about proper care for cold & snow weather ? I have seen photos of people using the 5D mark II in Alaska without any issues


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Mar 26, 2012 01:34 |  #5

Jcr, when you say "pro" gear you should realize that the only canon bodies designated "pro" are the 1D bodies, and this includes the top-level weather resistance. The 5D line was developed as a "prosumer" line and lacks the features of the 1D line, which includes the fact that it is not as weather-resistant.

As such, I wouldn't be reckless with the 5D3. I does have more sealing than its predecessor, and you really don't need to "baby" it, but I wouldn't advise taking it out in a rainstorm without protection. As far as snow goes, blow it off, don't let the snow melt into the "cracks". Why risk it? Canon does not guarantee fixing a problem caused by moisture, although you might check your Warantee!


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Mar 26, 2012 01:43 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #6

I am going to go a head and buy this

http://www.amazon.com …BT3O4&colid=2HS​LCDT06SRP5 (external link)

It seems to be the best rain cover on the market , I will use it in the winter too with the heavy snow fall but what about the cold. Should that be a concern ? I plan on putting my camera in my pelican case with Silica Gel before I go in my house to keep moisture out and let the camera settle.

Sorry to ask so many questions I just spent a TON of money on this gear and I don't have money to replace it so I want to make sure I take care of it.


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Mar 26, 2012 06:07 |  #7

Only thing to watch in the cold is bringing yoour gear indoors, either seal it in a bag or leave your gear in your kit bag for a few hours to refreeze slowly.


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Mar 26, 2012 07:26 as a reply to  @ Neilyb's post |  #8

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Mar 26, 2012 08:08 |  #9

For cold, carry spare batteries close to your skin. If it's really cold, all bets are off as to good behavior, but things should be OK when they warm up.


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Mar 26, 2012 09:16 |  #10

I know someone who uses that Think Tank cover for a 1Dmk4, he often has to shoot in downpours. Claims it works well.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 10:39 |  #11

I shoot soccer in the rain with these cheap Op/Tech covers for last few years:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …18_Rainsleeve_S​et_of.html (external link)
They work very well, especially with my 300 f/2.8
They are small enough that I just always keep one folded up in my bag, has come in handy a number of times.


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Mar 26, 2012 11:21 |  #12

Congratulations on your new camera.

Here's another vote for the cheap Op/Tech covers. I find that they last at least two or three times and are so cheap and compact. I leave them in my camera bags just in case.

Don't forget about the condensation issues when bringing camera gear from hot/cold and cold/hot situations.

And here's another vote for getting a personal article policy just for your camera gear. Really inexpensive and gives great peace of mind.


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Mar 26, 2012 18:21 as a reply to  @ marcosv's post |  #13

I ended up getting $10,000 insurance coverage for my equipment. No deductible $80 per year got my t3i,5D mark III & my 24-70mm 2.8 L & 70-200mm IS II lens covered. I am still going to buy a rain cover to


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Mar 26, 2012 20:21 |  #14

This is a question I asked myself when I got the 5D3, "Is it going to be as durable as my 1D3"? Simply put, hell no.

Battery and Memory card compartment uses foam seals..... nuff said. 1D uses rubber seals.


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Mar 26, 2012 20:46 |  #15

With the 5D2 it's a hit and miss...some ppl put it through hell and it's fine, others have bad luck and their camera dies in a light rainshower. I'd say get a cover to be safe.


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