Old 01-23-2010, 06:31 AM   #26
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Ok in the rail hood, nylon windbreaker over the hood and on a tripod, does it for me, snow, rain whatever...The 300D has the most weather experience and still working fine. The 20D and 40D have shared about the same amount of duty with the 20D on it's way out for me, along with it's 70-300USM IS lense when I can find a buyer. I'll be happy with my 300D and 40D and my weather protection..
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:43 AM   #27
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How did it end up in the snow drift so long, if you don't mind my asking.
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Me and a railfan friend were shooting the CP Holidy Train at one of its stops. I decided not to carry my bulky camera bag, so i put it in my sweatshirt pocket while i used the other lens. Apparently i had to crouch down a couple times, and the lens fell out. I didnt know it had fallen out until my next railfan trip the following week. And out of blind luck, when i went back to look for it, there it was, right in the snow where i figured it fell out.
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One thing about snow, If the camera is below 32F the snow won't melt on it and you won't need a cover, Just brush it off.
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I used to be a fan of the Ziploc approach, but now I feel the same way as I did about tripods... the cheap approach will do the job (and is probably fine if you're not using it too frequently), but having a more legit solution can be pretty helpful, especially if you're in a hurry and don't have the time to cut a hole in a bag.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:44 PM   #31
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I dont bother shooting in the rain, period. The few times I have actually shot in the snow, it was cold enough that I could just brush the snow off, I also shot with the lens hood on so blowing snow would not actually contact the front lens element. This is tougher with ultra wide angle lenses because the hoods really do not provide much cover. I have used the plastic grocery bag gimmick too, but really would not trust this in real rain. I just stay inside when its raining, best bet to do the same.
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I dont bother shooting in the rain, period. I just stay inside when its raining, best bet to do the same.
Railroads run in all kinds of weather, and I'm going to document them no matter what. Plus, if I drive halfway across the country for a special run, you can bet I'm not going to waste my time sitting in a hotel room if it's raining. I'm not going to melt.

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Plus, if I drive halfway across the country for a special run, you can bet I'm not going to waste my time sitting in a hotel room if it's raining. I'm not going to melt.
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I dont bother shooting in the rain, period. I have used the plastic grocery bag gimmick too, but really would not trust this in real rain. I just stay inside when its raining, best bet to do the same.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:08 PM   #35
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Plus, if I drive halfway across the country for a special run, you can bet I'm not going to waste my time sitting in a hotel room if it's raining.
Thats a little different, by all means do so. But if it's just some random weekend day, its not worth it imho.
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Wow, this thread expanded quite a bit! Thanks for all these comments/replies/suggestions/etc! I don't know, for some reason lately I've been into the bad weather type stuff. Nothing that'll make it on here, though. We had one bad rain I could have gone out and shot in but work called at the VERY last second, so I ended up in the rain anyways, haha. Instead working all day in it.

It snowed pretty good here today, in a little bit we might head out. Snow's not the problem, it's the rain I've never shot in. But good tips were given and I'm sure to try them out next time we have a good rain coming down. Thanks again!

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Here's another tip: For your next camera, get a 1D Mark II They go for less than a thousand and they're lolpro.
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I have never bothered with trying to keep the camera dry. It gets wet, and so do I.
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Thats a little different, by all means do so. But if it's just some random weekend day, its not worth it imho.
Well, it's quite obvious that some people here aren't scared of a little rain.
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I have never bothered with trying to keep the camera dry. It gets wet, and so do I.
To be fair, your equipment has slightly better weather sealing than the toys most of us are shooting with
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Just found this:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/produc...ain-cover.aspx

I switched to Think Tank last year and I really pleased with their design and build quality. It's pro-level gear.
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I switched to Think Tank last year and I really pleased with their design and build quality. It's pro-level gear.
When compared to the price of a 2 gallon ziplock bag...no thanks.
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Wow, nice gear, but for that price I will wait until the patent expires and prices fall ... A LOT.
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Where? I figured they were still more than that..

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Where? I figured they were still more than that..

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Wow, nice gear, but for that price I will wait until the patent expires and prices fall ... A LOT.
For a casual shooter, sure, it is a ridiculous price. It gave me pause, believe me. I mean, how much would I actually use it to make the purchase amortize? That zip lock is looking mighty attractive.

However, if you are working on a pro level, then the purchase is a no brainer decision. When working, you cannot risk losing your gear and the shot. It would been be pennywise-pound-foolish action not to procure it. Witness how Think Tanks pro-level 300mm cover is SOLD OUT.

Still a ridiculous price? Well, total up your cost of your whole kit. I sure most people would regard that price as ridiculous.

I won't forget being a camera store looking at a lens and a civilian asked his friend what on earth would make any a lens worth $1200. I'd hate to see his guy when shown a $6,000 lens.

I have seen too many people blowing the budget on the main toys but not spending enough on the support gear when it's the support gear is what makes it work.

Another scenario, suppose you have shelled out thousands of dollars, traveled cross country for that charter, only to have your camera go down because it got wet in a sudden rain/snow storm. The cover's price is now chump change to what you have invested monetarily and emotionally.

As I mentioned before, my 40D, wrapped in a purchased cheap camera cover, crapped out when it still got wet last November. Not having a back-up body, I was done for the day just as the light was getting interesting.

I plan to get this cover when I can.
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Yeah, I'm with Dennis on this one. I went to an air show where it started out sunny, and then it began to pour. I had no cover and my camera was starting to get soaked. Luckily, a young lady with an umbrella came over and gave me some cover. In appreciation I sent her some copies.

That's not likely to happen railfanning, so that gear may not be such a bad idea after all.

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