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Weather sealing - quality?

 
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Sep 19, 2009 01:07 |  #1

Im wondering how trustworthy and durable the weather sealing is on most bodies. Ive got a 40D and not too sure when to go in once the weather gets bad. Do I leave when it sprinkles? Am I okay if it it gets snowed on some?

Also curious about the L lenses such as my 70-200 F4. Im assuming this is better done compared to my crop body, but Id rather not risk it.

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Sep 19, 2009 01:39 |  #2

If you look through the forums enough you'll find a picture from KenjiS with his 30d and lens covered in snow. I wouldn't go that far or shoot in a downpour, but a few drops of water is probably not going to damage your camera.

I don't have the 70-200/4, but on the mount you should see a rubber seal. That provides some weather sealing at the body mount which is always a good thing.


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Sep 19, 2009 01:43 |  #3

Yeah the weather sealing is pretty impressive.


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Sep 19, 2009 01:46 |  #4

I feel uncomfortable shooting any Canon non-1Series in rain or other wise bad weather, that is enough for me to do something about it. A coat sleeve or plastic bag is efficient enough for a short session.


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Sep 19, 2009 01:59 |  #5

My 1D has been out in pouring rain with no protection and is still here a year later. My 24-70L has been out in thunderstorms with no protection (20D body bagged up) repeatedly in some of the biggest storms we've had in the last century and it's still here 2 years later.

I'm pretty confident with them... not something I'd make a habit of though!


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Sep 19, 2009 02:05 as a reply to  @ mikeassk's post |  #6

70-200 f4 non IS is not weather sealed (only the IS versions of the 70-200 are weather sealed) so I am not so sure how comfortable I would be shooting a 40D and that lens in light or heavy rain but I wouldn't run from a few little sprinkles or a very light snow as long as you just keep blowing the flakes off before they melt.

If you are looking for weather sealing, look at the 1D-series of cameras. They are the ones that will withstand the harsher elements as long as you pair them with weather resistant lenses. Even when the 1D-series are paired with weather resistant lenses, they still aren't going to be water proof where you can submerge them or just pour a bucket of water over them. That's where rain sleeves come into play ;).


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Sep 19, 2009 09:09 |  #7

Weather sealing on any body except a 1 series or apparently the 7D (though that remains to be seen) isn't really up to anything but dust and a few spots of rain. If you get one really wet and it lives then it's luck rather design.


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Sep 19, 2009 09:12 |  #8

As said already, your lens is not weather sealed.

I have had my 1ds2 and 70-200 2.8 is in two heavy storms now and no problems to report.


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Sep 19, 2009 09:16 |  #9

I really do enjoy the reaction of others when I give my 1's a bath.

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Sep 19, 2009 09:18 |  #10

To add, I always enjoy the comments from people when i am shooting with little regard for rain. One guy last night mentioned he had a sealed camera at home (of course) but would never take it out in the rain. Then what's the point of buying one? If you don't trust the sealing then don't buy it. I would rather push the limits of the sealing now rather then later.

Another advantage, all my fashion shoots I put "we shoot rain or shine" on the call sheets. That's pretty cool not to have a rain out.


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Sep 19, 2009 09:21 |  #11

Motorsports look better in the rain. Actually most things look better when wet. I love not caring about rain (as long as I have my sealed lens on).


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Sep 19, 2009 10:46 |  #12

Im wondering how trustworthy and durable the weather sealing is on most bodies. Ive got a 40D and not too sure when to go in once the weather gets bad. Do I leave when it sprinkles? Am I okay if it it gets snowed on some?

They are not trustworthy, anecdotes to the contrary not withstanding. If they were trustworthy at any level, Canon would state some specification of that.

People have had them stand up to substantial wetting, and people have had cameras fail under light moisture conditions. Such variability is the very definition of "untrustworthy."


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Sep 19, 2009 10:51 |  #13
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I got soaked on 9/11..the water on my lens was more of an irritation than the water on my camera body. The 1ds shrugged it off and kept on shooting..wiping the lens down every few clicks got annoying though.


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Sep 19, 2009 12:10 |  #14

The 7D has the same quality weather sealing the EOS-1n and EOS-3 had which is very good sealing.




  
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Sep 19, 2009 12:15 |  #15
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HappySnapper90 wrote in post #8671529 (external link)
The 7D has the same quality weather sealing the EOS-1n and EOS-3 had which is very good sealing.

Yea.....I actually hear it's not as good as the EOS-1v/d series though. Don't want folks getting happy thinking they have 1d quality weather sealing...cause they won't. It has about the same weather sealing as the 5dII which is good but still questionable from copy to copy.


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