Economical DSLR for high humidity environment?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eric Edwards, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. Eric Edwards

    Eric Edwards Guest

    Any suggestions for a sub $1000 DSLR that might survive well in rain forest
    conditions?

    When I went to Borneo in 2003, I brought a Maxxum 5 (low end film SLR).
    It did not fare well. Major corrosion problems despite never being
    immersed or directly rained on. It's dead now.

    I am now headed for the Amazon and making the jump to digital. I'd like
    to get a camera that will hold together and not break the bank. Any
    suggestions? I've noticed that reviews seldom mention weather
    tolerance or even if the camera has any seals.
     
    Eric Edwards, Jan 6, 2007
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  2. Eric Edwards

    Eric Miller Guest

    Take a look at the Pentax K10. It boasts weather resistant seals and a
    street price of just under $1000. It also has an auto ISO/sensitivity
    mode, 10 megapixels and in-camera image stabilization.

    If I weren't so heavily into Canon lenses, I might have had to give it a
    shot instead of the 5D that just arrived via UPS today (I couldn't wait).

    Eric Miller
     
    Eric Miller, Jan 6, 2007
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  3. : Any suggestions for a sub $1000 DSLR that might survive well in rain forest
    : conditions?

    : When I went to Borneo in 2003, I brought a Maxxum 5 (low end film SLR).
    : It did not fare well. Major corrosion problems despite never being
    : immersed or directly rained on. It's dead now.

    : I am now headed for the Amazon and making the jump to digital. I'd like
    : to get a camera that will hold together and not break the bank. Any
    : suggestions? I've noticed that reviews seldom mention weather
    : tolerance or even if the camera has any seals.

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    : Photos and travelogues from Africa and Southeast Asia: http://www.exile.org

    One thought. It may be less expensive to just get an "underwater housing"
    for your camera. There are many types, brands and price ranges. Some of
    the less expensive ones (mostly an inflated plastic bag with lens ports)
    would likely do you fine.

    Randy

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    Randy Berbaum
    Champaign, IL
     
    Randy Berbaum, Jan 6, 2007
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  4. MUST it be a DSLR? Your past experiences seem to indicate you need to rank
    sheer survivability over full functionality. What about bringing several
    cheap point&shoot digicams sealed in with silica gel... when one dies, open
    up a new one!

    Maximum protection would be an underwater housing. One for a true DSLR
    costs several times your camera budget. Cheap compromise might be the
    Canon S3-IS ($370) with an Ikelite underwater housing; cost together is
    about a kilobuck.
     
    Charles Gillen, Jan 6, 2007
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  5. Eric Edwards

    C J Campbell Guest

    My Nikon D70 held up very well in the Philippines for 18 months, despite
    terrible mistreatment. I had it out in typhoons, salt spray and blowing sand
    on jetties and boats, and dropped it several times. I even changed lenses
    during typhoons, using only a palm tree and wide-brimmed Tilley hat for
    cover. (Those Tilley hats are really something.) It has a few nicks and
    scratches, but I still use it today. All of this despite the fact that the
    camera is not weather sealed. Neither was the hat, which I also still use.
     
    C J Campbell, Jan 6, 2007
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  6. Eric Edwards

    Freedom55 Guest

    Have you considered the Olympus E-1? It is a pro camera, admittedly a
    little old by today's DSLR standards (at 5.5mp) but a very capable
    camera nonetheless. It is weather sealed and for under $1000 you could
    probably pick up a weather sealed lens with it (the versatile 14-54
    equivalent to 28-108 on a 35mm). It is quite robust, a joy to use,
    almost indestructible and will put up with just about any abuse you
    throw at it on a trip to humid environments.

    Ron

    --
    And it really doesn't matter if
    I'm wrong I'm right
    Where I belong I'm right
    Where I belong.

    Lennon & McCartney
     
    Freedom55, Jan 6, 2007
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  7. Pentax K10D is weather sealed. Sealed lenses for it due early and mid 2007.
    $1000 or less for the camera.

    ljc
     
    Little Juice Coupe, Jan 6, 2007
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  8. Eric Edwards

    Freedom55 Guest

    tomm42 wrote:
    The Olympus is a nicely build camera but
    Even at 5mp the image quality of the E-1 is outstanding. There is too
    much hype about MPs. Unless you are making 20"X30" prints 5mp is more
    than adequate for most needs. If you are a brave soul you might be able
    to buy a fully weather-sealed camera, the E-1+14-54 through Cameta or
    Henry's on Ebay.

    Ron

    --
    And it really doesn't matter if
    I'm wrong I'm right
    Where I belong I'm right
    Where I belong.

    Lennon & McCartney
     
    Freedom55, Jan 6, 2007
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  9. Eric Edwards

    Eric Edwards Guest

    How much is the weather sealing compromised if the lens is not weather
    sealed? The 15-54 is, unfortunately, much too short for wildlife
    photography. I used a 420mm equivalent in Borneo and it was just
    adequate.

    I'm thinking a Nikon may be my best bet. I'm only going to be in
    Amazonia for a few days. I'm highly encouraged that a D70 could survive
    wet weather abuse in the Philippines. I have always suspected that the
    chief problem with my Maxxum 5 was simply poor construction. The Tamron
    auto-focus lenses survive OK.
     
    Eric Edwards, Jan 9, 2007
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  10. Now this is not Olympus, but Pentax has said they have never seen any camera
    body water damage from a non-sealed lens. So I guess this mean while
    technically possible it isn't likely. Now what happens to the lens is
    another mater.

    ljc
     
    Little Juice Coupe, Jan 9, 2007
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