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Old 10-23-2018   #1
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How-to for rain photos?

I was looking at W/NW, at the Rain photos, which are lovely, dark and deep and I've tried some myself, under shelter and from inside a car. But how do you keep your gear dry when you're out in the pouring rain if you don't own a waterproof camera?

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Old 10-23-2018   #2
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I used to put the camera in a Ziploc bag.
Then I got a Nikonos V.

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Old 10-23-2018   #3
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I used to take my Canon 5DmkII out in the rain all the time with no issues. That camera is weather-sealed, as are the two lenses I used with it. Canon L lenses are all weather-sealed, I think. I also had a Tokina 17-35mm ATX-Pro lens and it was also weather-sealed.


None of this stuff is totally waterproof like the Nikonos V that Phil has; that's a camera that can actually be used underwater.


There are several rain sleeves you can buy to cover cameras that aren't weather-sealed. I haven't tried any. All of them seem too big for the camera I use now, an Olympus Pen-F. Some of the Olympus lenses I have are weather-sealed but the body is not. I should have bought the OMD-EM1 mkII, it is weather-sealed, but it was $600 more than the Pen-F and I couldn't afford the extra at the time.
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I used to take my Canon 5DmkII out in the rain all the time with no issues. That camera is weather-sealed, as are the two lenses I used with it. Canon L lenses are all weather-sealed, I think. I also had a Tokina 17-35mm ATX-Pro lens and it was also weather-sealed.


None of this stuff is totally waterproof like the Nikonos V that Phil has; that's a camera that can actually be used underwater.


There are several rain sleeves you can buy to cover cameras that aren't weather-sealed. I haven't tried any. All of them seem too big for the camera I use now, an Olympus Pen-F. Some of the Olympus lenses I have are weather-sealed but the body is not. I should have bought the OMD-EM1 mkII, it is weather-sealed, but it was $600 more than the Pen-F and I couldn't afford the extra at the time.
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10mm of rain for three minutes.

Not all of L lenses are weather sealed. My 70-200 F4 isn't. TS-E aren't. And those which are sealed are not sealed until filter is on.
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Old 10-23-2018   #7
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You and the camera don't have to actually be out in the rain to photograph it.
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Old 10-24-2018   #8
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A big thank you to all who replied!

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I forgot to reply actually.

Konica off-road was made to work in dust and rain. I used it on rainy evening in Montreal.
Problem is in protective filter getting wet.

I also have SnapSight single mode camera in water case. Problem is scratched protecting filter.

Most effective camera for watery situation is GoPro Hero Session 5. It was on sale in 2017.

It has glass with water repelling lens screen. We have it in the snow, in the rain and in and out at pool and in the lake. Image always stays clean.
Its lens doesn't really need VF and doesn't produce too much of distortions.
It just not landscaper camera, it is people camera. For landscape large umbrella and camera in the bag in and out under umbrella will do.
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Problem is in protective filter getting wet.
I've had this problem with my Nikonos II, the drops show on the film.
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Old 10-25-2018   #11
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Use a camera small enough to get under your raincoat, take it out to shoot, then tuck it back in. Don't try to change lenses. Buy a pack of cloth diapers and stick a couple in your pockets. They're designed to absorb moisture - duh - and are great for wiping drops off the camera and lens. Use a UV filter and a lens hood. Do not use compressed air to dry a camera and lens - that just forces the water into the works.
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two gallon ziplock bag, rubber bands, raincoat, boots.
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I've had this problem with my Nikonos II, the drops show on the film.
Oh yeah. If there are water droplets on the lens, they will show up on the image. I learned that the hard way (Nikonos V).

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Michael Kenna has an assistant who holds an umbrella over him and the camera. I just bought an umbrella with a universe clamp that I clamp on the tripod.

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Raincoat and diver camera alt. weather sealed camera + large lens hood. Umbrella if your prime has auto focus.
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Yeah, this does the trick...




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Old 10-26-2018   #18
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For Fujifilm Instax, I recommend the waterproof cases that are available.


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Old 10-26-2018   #19
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DEEP lens hoods are important.

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whatever this guy was using:
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Interesting thread, where I live we have forecast for a week with daily rain.
I'll try simply to go out with an umbrella and keep the camera under it and under my raincoat when walking, if it rains too strong I'll try the two gallon ziplock bag and rubber bands suggested by Hatchetman.
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I have one of these: https://www.nubrella.com/product/nub...v=7516fd43adaa.

It works well in light to moderate rain, no high winds. Good for walking dogs, too.
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I was standing under an awning. This was a severe monsoon downpour with some 25cm of rain within a 10 to 20 minute period. Only an underwater camera could handle this
en plein air..



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I was standing under an awning. This was a severe monsoon downpour with some 25cm of rain within a 10 to 20 minute period. Only an underwater camera could handle this
en plein air..
WOW, strong rain, strong photos Peter !
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Thanks Robert. One more a little bit later after the same downpour...


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I might try some of these ideas with a 3-M camera (metal, mechanical, manual. Thank you, Mike Johnston for the label!), but I doubt if I would want to try them with my digital cameras. None of them are the weather-sealed types.

But I've gotten some good ideas. Thanks again.

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I remember seeing a little umbrella that mounted to the camera's accessory shoe. I wonder if they still make those?
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