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Wet weather
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:33:38 PM »
I need some advice about the camera and lens against the weather I do a lot of my wandering around with my camera down by the river and with all the wonderful weather we are having at the moment I realise I have no idea how weatherproof or not my gear is I have an A700 /16-105 zoom 70-300g and the 500 f8 reflex at the moment but I don't even know if I should  change lenses if it is misty a common occurrence at this time of year the camera is supposed to be reasonably waterproof but what does this mean in reality and how moisture resistant are lenses I obviously wont try it in a downpour but I don't want to restrict myself more than necessary as there are some nice shots to be had I never had this problem in the past as the camera came along on days out but now I am retired I go out to take pictures
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Re: Wet weather
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008, 03:25:25 PM »
My one attempt at shooting in the rain was a little dicy. I got a rain cover that goes over the camera and tight around the hood of the lens. Changing lenses is possible, if you have an umbrella. But be careful about condensation, as if you're using a rain cover the warmth of your hands may cause the rain cover to fog, and so you can't see the images on the back screen well; if your lens or sensor is fogging over, you wouldn't really know. Anyway, I recommend you to take an brolly, at least to cover your gear whilst you're sorting out your lenses and things. Oh, and my gear spent the best part of the next day in the sun drying out, lenses and all.
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Re: Wet weather
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2008, 06:01:59 PM »
Rain covers for the camera and lenses are highly advisable so is the good old umbrella. As Winjeel said do not change lenses or I wouldn't- make up your mind before you go out in the rain and transport the camera in a simplae plastic bag when you move around just to be double sure. And no- the A700 is NOT really water proof. A couple of drops will not harm it but you don't want to get it soaked. And no again the A900 which is sealed does not help you either as none of the lenses are... Instead of buying a rain conver for the camera you can as well buy clear plastic bags (food bags work quite well) and cut them to size. Good old elastic bands will help you to hold them in place.
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Re: Wet weather
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008, 11:34:53 PM »
many thanks to you both it is easy to get confused by all the advertising blurbs and also by being over cautious I will be a bit braver if it rains when I am out but definitely not reckless thanks again John B
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