Protecting your camera in light rain

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by DaveS, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. DaveS

    DaveS Guest

    What triggered this message is an email from B&H, which promotes this:

    I have often wondered what other people do about light rain, drizzle.
    I've very occasionally gone ahead and shot normally, putting my camera
    under my jacket between shots.
    I've heard that some people use a clear plastic bag - not over the end
    of the lens, I hope.
    The Delkin device isn't promoted for rain use, so I don't know if there
    are 'skins' that are useful for this purpose.

    Your experience?

    Dave S.
    DaveS, Feb 9, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    OpTech Rainsleeves are inexpensive, and can be carried in a pocket. A
    handy item if you don't want to fork out the $$$ for pro foul weather
    camera gear.
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    Savageduck, Feb 9, 2011
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  3. DaveS

    Savageduck Guest

    BTW: I have 2 Rainsleeves, one in each of the bags I use most, and
    there have been 3 occasions I was happy to have them handy.

    I have also heard that the "Storm Jacket" is an easily packed piece of
    rain protection, but does cost a bit more than the Rainsleeve.
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    Savageduck, Feb 9, 2011
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    Bowser Guest

    I shot a few football games in light and heavy rain and used a plastic
    cover called a StormJacket by Vortex. Cheap and easy to use.
    Bowser, Feb 9, 2011
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    Bruce Guest

    I think some of these accessories risk doing more harm than good. If
    you are likely to want to shoot in the rain, buy a camera with good
    weather sealing. If your DSLR isn't weather-sealed, consider carrying
    a p+s that is.

    There are quite a few DSLRs that are weather sealed. All the pro
    models from Nikon are, and some of the high end consumer models too.
    The recent Pentax K-7 and current K-5 have superb weather-sealing.

    Lenses are more of a problem. Most are not weather-sealed,
    includingalmost all consumer-grade zooms. I suppose the best way is
    to make sure you have one weather-sealed lens that covers most of the
    likely shooting opportunities.

    Personally, I use an umbrella ... ella ...ella. I sometimes need an
    assistant to hold the umbrella for me. ;-)
    Bruce, Feb 9, 2011
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    BobS Guest

    Well if you had purchased a decent camera, like my Pentax K20 series, they
    have built-in weather seals and can be used in the rain...;-)

    Bob S.

    "DaveS" wrote in message
    What triggered this message is an email from B&H, which promotes this:

    I have often wondered what other people do about light rain, drizzle.
    I've very occasionally gone ahead and shot normally, putting my camera
    under my jacket between shots.
    I've heard that some people use a clear plastic bag - not over the end
    of the lens, I hope.
    The Delkin device isn't promoted for rain use, so I don't know if there
    are 'skins' that are useful for this purpose.

    Your experience?

    Dave S.
    BobS, Feb 9, 2011
  7. DaveS

    DaveS Guest

    Hmm! Rainsleeves are priced right at 2 for $6. The one review on the
    site complains that the water on the outside of the sleeve gets all over
    when you remove it, but knowing that, I think I might want a towel ready
    to wipe off water before I remove the sleeve.

    That same issue might affect the Storm Jacket as well, but at $50 for
    the Pro model, which will work with a tripod, it's not as likely to be
    experimented with.

    Thanks for those suggestions.

    For those who suggest different camera/lens, that's not in the cards.
    Besides, two of my three Canon lenses are L series, about which I have
    heard rumours that they are weather sealed.

    Dave S.
    DaveS, Feb 9, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    There is no problem.
    When I am done, I just peel it off, from camera end to to lens hood.
    This leaves it inside out with all the water droplets now on the inside
    and the camera dry.
    I secure the camera. Pull the RainSleeve back through so the wet side
    is again out. Then I shake it off, if I have a towel handy I will wipe
    whatever is left on it and let it air dry.
    Savageduck, Feb 10, 2011
  9. DaveS

    Savageduck Guest

    Umbrellas are good for light rain and drizzle, but not much help in a
    high wind blizzard, or gale.

    Good weather sealing is always helpful, but there are times when even
    the most ardent pros are not prepared to spend several hours out in the
    elements without some additional foul weather gear for their equipment.
    Consider the sports photographer on the side lines.

    Otherwise one of the weather sealed compacts is not a bad option.
    Savageduck, Feb 10, 2011
  10. DaveS

    Savageduck Guest

    Hey! Whatever works!
    Savageduck, Feb 10, 2011
  11. DaveS

    Savageduck Guest

    BTW; The RainSleeve works just fine with a tripod.
    Savageduck, Feb 10, 2011
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    Bruce Guest

    It works extremely well for me on exposed construction sites. In high
    winds, a smaller umbrella held to the side is extremely effective. If
    it didn't work, I would not have mentioned it.

    I know about a dozen working photographers who cover sports as a major
    part - or all - of their job. Not one of them uses "additional foul
    weather gear" for the simple reason that, used over a period of a
    couple of hours, it tends to encourage condensation and/or water
    vapour. It can actually make the situation a lot worse.

    Instead, they use weather-sealed Nikon and Canon gear.

    Many of the "pro accessories" you see in camera stores are purchased
    by amateur photography gearheads who like to be seen with the gear
    that they think pros use.
    Bruce, Feb 10, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Quite possible.
    However, personally I think it is a matter of what the camera owner is
    prepared to tolerate. Once the conditions become wetter than a light
    drizzle or damp mist, I will use the RainSleeve for some additional
    protection. If the downpour is so heavy I fear for my ability to keep
    my body dry I will quit for the day.
    There seem to be some pros (even in the UK) who like the idea of a
    little extra coverage, and are prepared to endorse a product they use
    if they have to stay out there to get the shots they need to feed the
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    Savageduck, Feb 10, 2011
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    Fletcher Guest

    I've also shot normally, protecting my consumer-grade DSLR in a camera
    bag between shots. For long durations or in heavy rain I would look into
    some of the solutions others mentioned, but for light use I don't worry
    too much about it. Keep an eye on it and wipe off any excess water.
    Fletcher, Feb 10, 2011
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    C J Campbell Guest

    I don't bother. If the camera cannot stand light rain, I don't want it.
    But even my Nikon D70 had no problems in a cat 5 typhoon -- though I
    wouldn't want to face it into the wind. No Nikon I have had since then
    has had problems with rain. Here on the Olympic Peninsula you shoot in
    the rain or you don't shoot at all. As everyone knows, the place gets
    overrun with werewolves when the sun comes out.

    I do not dry the camera off when I go indoors. Seems to me a good way
    to push water into some nook or crevice. I do pat the hot shoe dry
    because I once had corrosion in a hot shoe.

    If I am shooting underwater, I use a real underwater housing. I tried
    the plastic bag housings and have always ended up with a ruined camera.

    For myself, I wear an REI Gore-tex raincoat and an OR Seattle Sombrero
    that is nearly 30 years old.
    C J Campbell, Feb 10, 2011
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    C J Campbell Guest

    I have been known to wear garbage bags.
    C J Campbell, Feb 10, 2011
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    Bruce Guest

    That's hilarious, thanks for making me laugh! :)

    If those individuals are the most prominent pro "users" that the
    manufacturer could come up with, then they are obviously desperate to
    find anyone - absolutely *anyone* - who will "endorse" their product.

    It reminds me of a famous British photographer who has been used by
    one camera manufacturer to "endorse" their products since the 1970s.
    He has been very highly paid for his "endorsements", yet he has never
    - I repeat, *never* - used any of the company's products despite being
    pictured using them in TV, cinema. newspaper and magazine adverts for
    the best part of 40 years.

    But consumers keep falling for it.
    Bruce, Feb 10, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Stay dry Bruce.
    Savageduck, Feb 10, 2011
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    Bruce Guest

    It's way past your bedtime, Mr Duck. ;-)
    Bruce, Feb 10, 2011
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    Andy Guest

    I shoot yacht racing (fresh water) and weddings, use a D3, and an
    For the Yacht racing I use a big plant pot with the bottom cut out to
    fit the lens as a mega lens hood to keep the spray off the front element
    (usually a 70 - 200) and taped up bin liner as a camera protector. It
    works absolutely great.. far better than any commercial product I've
    If I was shooting at sea then I'd have to bite the bullet and get a
    proper underwater housing, I don't think even the best pro camera could
    take salt spray..!

    But I've never been wetter than stood outside a church in the pouring
    rain, shooting guests arriving at a wedding, after a sudden monsoon
    style downpour in august last year. The water was literally running down
    my skin under my clothes. (No I didn't have a coat, or an umbrella..
    they were in the car which was too far away to get to without missing
    important shots..) I was using a D3 with a 24-70, and an SB800 with a
    battery pack, which I have mounted on the side of a Pro T flash bracket.
    Nothing seemed to worry about the water, other than most
    disappointingly, the Nikon leaked water into the viewfinder, which
    steamed up badly and I had to keep warming it up with my thumb to be
    able to see through it, I ended up using live view after finding time
    during the service to work out how to switch it on.. until I got chance
    to get back to the car and swap to the spare body.
    The 1DsMk2 has been as wet, and never caused me any problems, just
    doesn't have the same low light capability, so I tend not to use it for

    If the cameras get wet, they go in the airing cupboard when I get home.
    Andy, Feb 10, 2011
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