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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:47 pm 
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So, I went out in some pretty bad conditions today. 6-7 BFT wind speeds, and pretty bad rain. Took my D2H, 2x TC, and Sigma 70-200 out, and it worked perfectly! Sigma never claimed its lenses are weathersealed, but I must say the 70-200 works fine!

Here's some (cell phone) shots from my gear when I got back:

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What's your weathersealing story? Pictures if possible! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:55 pm 
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Blimey, good effort! This is a great idea for a thread, so I'm making it sticky.

Could anyone who's had a good or bad experience with weatherproofing or lack of it please post your comments or photos here. We want to hear about cameras and lenses which did survive some bad weather, and equally those which didn't.


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You've seen these before... I'm sure I have some rain shots somewhere but I'll have to fish them out later.

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I was switching from wildlife to landscape mode, and needed both hands free. As I took the strap off the 50D previously, I rested it on a table. There is one down there somewhere.

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I think my viewfinder might be obstructed. I was taking a shortcut up a slope, and suffice to say I didn't have as much traction as I thought I did. I had the 50D in hand at the time.

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And one of the 7D as well while I'm at it...

My overall observations are:

Sony - survived snow, light rain
a350 + Zeiss 16-80

Canon fit
Survived snow and medium-heavy rain (the kind you don't want to be out in unprotected)
50D, 7D, 100-400L

Survived light-medium rain
1D, 15-85, Sigma 150mm macro, Nissin Di622

You might guess I'm not overly concerned what the weather is doing when I'm out... I don't protect them any more than the odd wipe when I can't see any more.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:49 pm 
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I had my 1D mark IV and 70-200 2,8L IS on in extremely heavy rain.... too bad I didnt have any photo of my camera when it was very wet.

Taiwanese heavy rain, is really heavy ^^

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:33 am 
Does anyone know how well the D700 is weather sealed? I believe it's got some protection on it but you wouldn't want to stick it in the bath/a lake.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:14 pm 
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I've never had problems in the rain or snow with my d700.
Basically it can get as wet as Citruspers his d2h.
Mine got that wet one time and it still works.

But I don't tend to push it.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:28 pm 
moderate rain on my D80 with 18-105mm & SB-600. nothing happened,but I was more nervous than a girl on her wedding day


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:37 pm 
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I think I dont have to worry about most of my lenses: Theyre MF lenses without any electronics!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:36 pm 
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A humid environment inside of a lens can cause fungus though..?

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If you put it after the rain on the central heating (verwarming?!), it will evaporate. Of course if you dont do that, there will come some fungus, but that's the case with most of the lenses.

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I use those white bags that come with lenses and other electronic devices.
They are in my camera bag, and a while back I bought a bigger one tho replace them.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:50 am 
Welly wrote:
Does anyone know how well the D700 is weather sealed? I believe it's got some protection on it but you wouldn't want to stick it in the bath/a lake.


i spilled a bottle of sprite on it the other night. a wipedown and a wetrag later and "Kratos" is good as new...


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:31 pm 
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I had to quickly weatherseal a camera doing a timelapse at a photo meeting, because the owner was busy setting up a tent when it started to rain. Not as elegant as a Thinktank Hydrophobia, but it got the job done:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:50 pm 
The tripod is a spy.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:09 pm 
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It is.

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