Old 09-10-2008, 03:24 AM   #1
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It was raining the other day and I was wondering what to do in the rain when I shoot with my new XT. I know that neither the Canon XT nor the Sigma 17-70 lens are weather proof. Does that mean I'll have to shoot from under an umbrella (hard to do when you're shooting alone) or is it alright to get a few drops of rain/snow on it? My Canon powershot S2IS wasn't weather proof (at least I don't think it was) and I took it out in all sorts of weather, like pouring rain, snowstorms, freezing temperatures, etc. without any problems whatsoever (well...minus the barrel freezing in the cold). I was just wonding if I'm able to do the same things with the XT. Also is all L glass weatherproof?

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Old 09-10-2008, 03:30 AM   #2
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A little rain or snow will not hurt it, Neither will extreme temperatures, I have shot with my XT right around 0 degrees, no problems.


If its a little more than light rain/snow or drizzle I will use soemthing to cover it up with, I find that using a bandanna from walmart for 99 cents seems to work perfectly, just wash it before hand.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:32 AM   #3
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If I were a betting man, I would say that rain did in my kit lens that came with my Rebel XT.

Now... was that a bad thing...? Hmmm...

But in all seriousness... I would keep any photography equipment as dry as possible... a touch of drizzle here or there... okay... much more... I would avoid.
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You could use something like the Lens Coat to protect the lens from the elements these are mainly used by wild life photographers but they may help you sneak up on a very skittish locomotive or train crew

As for L class lens being weather proof I believe they all differ so you would have to do some research on the lens you are interested in.

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A little rain or snow will not hurt it, Neither will extreme temperatures, I have shot with my XT right around 0 degrees, no problems.
Extreme temperatures will affect your XT. I was shooting in -40F and the shutter slowed way down, battery sucked out very fast, and I got frost bite.
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-40?!

I just hope that I see -1 before I die, coldest I have ever seen it is about 1 or 2.
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Extreme temperatures will affect your XT. I was shooting in -40F and the shutter slowed way down, battery sucked out very fast, and I got frost bite.
Yea, well.. So did you get a good shot or not??

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-40?!

I just hope that I see -1 before I die, coldest I have ever seen it is about 1 or 2.
WHY ????????
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Extreme temperatures will affect your XT. I was shooting in -40F and the shutter slowed way down, battery sucked out very fast, and I got frost bite.
I had that problem last winter with the shutter slowing down, but I found doing random shots while waiting for the train will keep it loosened up!

As for the question about L lenses, the 70-200 f/4L non-IS is not weather proofed...
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WHY ????????

It doesnt get that cold here where I live, once or twice a year we might make it into the single digits.

After watching shows like Ice Road Truckers or Deadliest Catch I would just like to see what it is like to be in sub zero degree air.
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I just hope that I see -1 before I die, coldest I have ever seen it is about 1 or 2.
Your not missing anything - Travis from Wisconsin.
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I shoot in the rain a lot as seen by my shots. I have had no problems yet. I have used the XTi and XT. What I do is hold the camera under my shirt or jacket and then just pull up for the shot. I also always wipe the camera and lens off with a towel as much as I can. I also use big ziplock bags. I put the camera lens first into the bag and then install my lens hood or rubberband around the lens. I then use a razor blade and cut out the lens opening.
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I've fashioned a dry bag from a gallon size bag by cutting a hole in one end of it in the size of my lens. I then slip the bag over the lens so that it fits snug around the end of the lens, and then put the lens hood on over the bag to secure the bag in place and simultaneously protect the glass from getting wet.

I also wear a rain suit while out shooting.

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I've fashioned a dry bag from a gallon size bag by cutting a hole in one end of it in the size of my lens. I then slip the bag over the lens so that it fits snug around the end of the lens, and then put the lens hood on over the bag to secure the bag in place and simultaneously protect the glass from getting wet.
Do you mean you put the hood in front of the bag, so it doesn't slide off the front, or do you mean that part of the bag actually lies within the thread where the hood attaches?

BTW, nice to revisit that shot of yours!
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Do you mean you put the hood in front of the bag, so it doesn't slide off the front, or do you mean that part of the bag actually lies within the thread where the hood attaches?

BTW, nice to revisit that shot of yours!
I usually try to get it so that the bag lies within the thread, though when I've been lazy, I've used the other method as well.
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Your not missing anything - Travis from Wisconsin.
I think he's missing out on a LOT!
  • No people
  • Snow blowing everywhere
  • No clouds, it's too cold
  • Limited mobility due to the fact that you look the Michelin man because of your parka
  • Steamy exhaust from everything, especially yourself
  • The art of keeping your camera inside your outer jacket to keep it warm
  • The art of taking a picture with 2 or 3 layers of gloves on
Oh yeah, and my favorite part!
  • Getting the perfect winter shot and making everyone think you're hardcore and artistic
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I think he's missing out on a LOT!
  • No people
  • Snow blowing everywhere
  • No clouds, it's too cold
  • Limited mobility due to the fact that you look the Michelin man because of your parka
  • Steamy exhaust from everything, especially yourself
  • The art of keeping your camera inside your outer jacket to keep it warm
  • The art of taking a picture with 2 or 3 layers of gloves on
Oh yeah, and my favorite part!
  • Getting the perfect winter shot and making everyone think you're hardcore and artistic
My winter shot at 20 looks the same as -20. But he is missing out on losing feeling in his fingers and toes and the joy of touching an aluminum tri pod.
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A plastic grocery store bag or zip lock baggie with some well located holes and a few rubber bands will work wonders. If you do it just right, holding an umbrella while taking photos does in fact work, although you will look like this:
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A plastic grocery store bag or zip lock baggie with some well located holes and a few rubber bands will work wonders. If you do it just right, holding an umbrella while taking photos does in fact work, although you will look like this:




That's awesome Brad! You really just made my day, I mean, looks like it works perfectly but that is pretty dang funny! lol, I'm still chuckling
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Due to me having two bodies now I mostly use my 30D for times when I am in the rain. If it is raining and I have no cover for my camera I will just wipe it off as soon as I get inside. I have shot with my 30D in rain, sleet, snow, and very warn weather and it has held up pretty well, but of course the 30D is completely different from the XT. Alot of L glass is weather proofed but I dont beleive it all is.

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I personally think weather conditions dont affect a camera as much as say shooting in a shop or down in the boiler of a engine. Because 99% of the time I am in those conditions it is dusty and my hands are greasy.

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Thanks guys. I think I'll try to invent some sort of cover for my camera/lens for shooting in heavy rain/snow. Now that I think about it I think Jim Thias made something for his 100-400. I've also been thinking of taking my spare tripod and attaching an umbrella to it. But this whole thing just makes me want a 40D even more!

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PLEzero A plastic grocery store bag or zip lock baggie with some well located holes and a few rubber bands will work wonders. If you do it just right, holding an umbrella while taking photos does in fact work, although you will look like this:
John Ryan was showing me shots like that from his visit. If I recall you guys pushed him out from under the umbrella because he had the weatherproof camera!

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Thanks guys. I think I'll try to invent some sort of cover for my camera/lens for shooting in heavy rain/snow. Now that I think about it I think Jim Thias made something for his 100-400.
You are correct, Jim. This is a poor man's extended lens hood I made last winter in order to shoot in the driving snow and rain:



I'm going to make a new one for this winter, but with a large plastic cone of some sort. I just haven't found one to cut to fit yet.

Also, when it's raining, I use a 2 gallon zip lock bag with a hole cut in it big enough to stick my lens through, and then when the hood screwed on, the bag is held in place. It's CHEAP, works great and keeps your equipment dry.
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You are correct, Jim. This is a poor man's extended lens hood I made last winter in order to shoot in the driving snow and rain:



I'm going to make a new one for this winter, but with a large plastic cone of some sort. I just haven't found one to cut to fit yet.

Also, when it's raining, I use a 2 gallon zip lock bag with a hole cut in it big enough to stick my lens through, and then when the hood screwed on, the bag is held in place. It's CHEAP, works great and keeps your equipment dry.
Jim, just to let you know, you can now buy duct tape in many decorator colors. Might I suggest a fasionable black tape to hide that drab and common gray? Or how about going a little crazy and use the new red tape? Please show us the new pics when you have completed the redecorating.......
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Jim, just to let you know, you can now buy duct tape in many decorator colors. Might I suggest a fasionable black tape to hide that drab and common gray? Or how about going a little crazy and use the new red tape? Please show us the new pics when you have completed the redecorating.......
Hey man, it was snowing and a train was coming and that's all I had to work with at the time!
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