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Old 02-07-2006   #1
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Do you use your cameras in the rain?

I try to never ever use any of my cameras (except holga ) during the rain. But sometimes, like today, I just had to take the picture, the rain was somewhat weak, and I tried to be fast but the camera (bessa r in this case) still got a bit wet.

am I being overly protective? Do you use your cameras in any weather? any tips?

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Old 02-07-2006   #2
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Yes, I do use my cameras in the rain. Of course, I try not to expose them for more than a few seconds (composing, (re)setting aperture/shutter time, focus and shooting). When they get wet I wipe them with a dry towel. When not shooting I keep them either in a sling bag of around my neck under my coat. Works well.
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Yes, I use them in the rain. Otherwise there wouldn't be many opportunities to snap pictures here.. Of course I keep the camera inside a raincoat, and only take it out to take a picture..
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Old 02-07-2006   #4
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I carry mine in the rain, with lens pointing down, raising only to shoot.
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Old 02-07-2006   #5
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Cosidering the amount of rain we get in the UK I'm surpised we don't all carry a Nikonos!

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Old 02-07-2006   #6
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Yes. With the camera inside a plastic bag with a hole cut for the lens. (Illustration borrowed from 'The 35mm Photographer's Handbook' by Julian Calder and john Garrett.)
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Old 02-07-2006   #7
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In the rain, in the swimming pool, at the beach.

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Old 02-07-2006   #8
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you mean in the snowfall? yes i use them
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Old 02-07-2006   #9
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Yep, when it rains, I pull out my Nikonos.

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Old 02-07-2006   #10
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In the Rain and in the snow ...my bessa is allways with me.
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Old 02-07-2006   #11
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I'm not worried about using a camera in the rain. I don't let it get very wet though and I do try to dry it right away. But if I was scared to use it in the rain, I'd take no photos EVER
*currently raining outside*
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Old 02-07-2006   #12
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hmm, I guess I could make one of those plastic-photo-baggies.

or... make a hole in my pocket for the lens, and just shoot from the hip
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Old 02-07-2006   #13
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I wouldn't mind shooting in the rain, but first I have to drag myself out of my house. Shooting during snow wouldn't give me any headaches either because it doesn't really wet the camera instantely with the metal/plastic getting cold as fast as they do. (since snow (or freezing temperatures for that matter) has become so rare this winter around here, there isn't really any need to spend much thought on it.)
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Old 02-07-2006   #14
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When I shoot on light rain days I keep the camera on a tripod and use a shower cap to keep it dry, then quickly remove it for the shot.
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Old 02-07-2006   #15
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Nikonos for water, snow , rain, hurricane, tsunami and .... man overboard. Also as an anchor.
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Old 02-07-2006   #16
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Well, the choices were exactly where I find myself. I don't confine myself to drizzle only, but I sure can't say I don't care how heavy a downpour is. No matter, if I want a photo, I try to get it, but try to protect my gear also. If I can do that, I will get the photo. I will not put my gear at unnecessary risk, however.
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Old 02-07-2006   #17
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Rain? What's that? It's been several months since we've had any significant rainfall. The current drought started shortly after I bought a Minolta Weathermatic Dual 35 water resistant camera so I could take photos in the rain.

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Old 02-07-2006   #18
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No, never!
Just a few second with light rain and i dry the stuff right away.

But the same is true for my cell phone!
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Old 02-07-2006   #19
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What Remy said...that's me, too. The good thing about GAS is you always have a camera, even one for rain, but I'm still protective and careful.



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Old 02-07-2006   #20
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I like shooting in the rain. I carry my cams in a Nova 2 bag and only take them out when I'm ready to shoot. I often shoot from under an umbrella or an overhang. I try to keep the camera and lens as dry as possible. If it's raining hard, I take my Olympus Stylus Epic instead of more expensive gear. It's weather proofed.

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I have a Nikonos for that.
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Old 02-07-2006   #22
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My policy is, if I don't need a rain hat the camera doesn't need special protection. Here in the "rainy" Northwest, more than a drizzle is rare (most years) and hardly anybody uses a rain hat or umbrellas.
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I have no problem using my cams in the rain. I'm careful though. Recommendation for waterproofing your canvas photo bag: Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On. Truly excellent - I sprayed my Safrotto F-803 clone thoroughly at the beginning of winter and the bag is waterproof!

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I will use mechanical cameras in the rain (Leica M's, Hassleblad etc), but I try to be very careful with digital cameras or with highly electronic cameras. Usually, no matter how hard it is raining or snowing, holding an umbrella between your neck and shoulders will allow you to shoot with both hands and still cover the camera. That's how I took these shots in the wet snow:




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beautiful photos! I'll try to get a better grip on my umbrella and shoot more in rain.
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Shot with my SLR. It wasn't raining hard...more like a sprinkle...which is why the water is standing still in both shots.

These were on the same roll using Kodak Ultra Color 400 film.
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I have some of my cameras always with me....rain or not, when it calls to shoot, I do it....I try to don't take them exposed too long, but I prefer to use them until they melt, I have not an excessive care, I guess..
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splish, splash...

i have over the years taken a variety of cameras out in the rain and suffered no major disasters. keeping the camera under my parka & putting a dry bandana over it and using door overhangs, awnings, etc to keep out of the main down pour.

i haven't in awhile & this post will encourage me to try anew...atleast semi-cautiously.

thanks for the inspiration.

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Old 08-13-2006   #29
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Um, no.

I don't go out in the rain if I don't have to, why would my cameras?
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Old 08-13-2006   #30
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I'm torn between the want for a great 'people in the rain' shot, and the need to keep my camera's in great condition. Since my RF's are russian, i'd hate to make them oxidise too fast and have to go without a pie for a day or two to afford another one

I dont mind a drop of water, but only if it's easily wiped off... so no TLR's in the rain! :P
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I use my E-1 in the rain when I have to. I have even used it on a small boat where it was completely drenched by the Pacific Ocean salt water, and as far as I know, it still works.

I am curious about using my M6TTL in the rain though?
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I'm planning on making a small umbrella that attaches to the accessory shoe, fully compactible - it'll fold down.

anyone interested, send me cash and i'll get started :P
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here are 2 photos I took in marin a couple ofyears ago during the hardest rains ever, the lens is a Leica:

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http://www.tedm.com/photos/rainyhike.jpg

http://www.tedm.com/photos/rainyhike2.jpg
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I am curious about using my M6TTL in the rain though?
I use mine with care. Had it for three years and so far no problems.
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I use my camera in the rain (when it rains here) but it is shielded so it won't get wet. However I never take an electronic camera out in the rain just my manual ones.
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I avoid using automatic/electronic cameras in the rain.

If the weather is too severe for my manual/mechanical cameras, then I use a Nikonos III underwater camera with a 35mm and an 80mm lens.
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Interesting question . . . A few years ago I travelled by bicycle from Spain to England, from March to June. It was variously very wet, very cold, very hot and very sunny. I slept in a tent during the trip. The camera & gear was carried in a not-so-waterproof handlebar bag on the bike and was used in all weathers with only moderate precautions. The camera was a Contax 139 (an all-electronic slr) and never gave any problem.

Afterwards, I had the kit serviced by an Arriflex (movie cameras) mechanic and he asked how there came to be mould inside the body parts of the camera . . . These machines are for using after all ! For decent quality gear, rain shouldn't be an immediate problem I think - famous last words )
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When we travel to Hawaii, it's in November, and one just puts up with daily light rain showers. I don't mind getting a little of this on the camera but try to shelter it under my arm. When the surf is up, there can be some dramatic shots if you get close to it, but that risks salt spray on camera and lens. I'll wipe the camera down later with a cloth dampened with fresh water, and a filter protects the front element of the lens.
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I shoot in the rain. I've never had a problem with even film or digital. Where mold is not a problem, just dry the camera off with a towel and forget it. I would be more carefull in a moldy climate and make sure the camera is thoughly dry. That means getting warmed up completely in a dry envirorment.

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I'am almost waiting for the rain. Rain is fantastic for BW pictures. I've used both, my M6 and my 5D in rain and never had any problems. I try to protect my cameras under my jacket if there's nothing to take pictures of...

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