Wet weather shooting

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    I’m surprised this hasn’t been asked … then again it probably has and the search didn’t find it!

    I’ve always shied from wet weather photography due to the fear of damaging my kit, which is a shame as I think some of the most interesting shots are taken in inclement weather.

    The crux of the post is, does anybody know how resilient to bad weather a D50 is? I obviously don’t want to be using it in a thunder storm (actually, there’s a thought!) and I’ll still be swapping lenses in the dry or under cover. Would it be safe to whip out for a couple of minutes to take a shot or two?


    Ian McNab

    There aren’t many cameras + lenses you can leave standing on a tripod in a downpour (and even fewer you can drop in a stream and get away with it!). I watched a video of Michael Kenna shooting with a Hasselblad on a tripod in a snow storm – he had an assistant holding an umbrella over the equipment. (The assistant wasn’t under the umbrella, and gradually turned white!)

    A few spots of rain won’t do any harm; but carry an umbrella if you want to photograph when it’s actually raining properly, and keep it over the camera. (I’ve seen street photographers managing to balance an umbrella on one shoulder while taking a shot. With light equipment and a fast-ish shutter speed you can even shoot one-handed, and hold the brolly in the other hand.) And have a lens cloth handy to wipe any stray droplets off the lens.

    An umbrella – or doorway, awning, or archway – should be enough protection in a shower or a bit of rain. (Tropical storms are probably a different matter!)

    I’m looking forward to seeing your rainy pictures!



    Well, I’ve just been out … camera in one hand and umbrella in the other.

    Now to see what I managed to grab!


    meg cumming

    You can go online via amazon and buy a wet weather plastic bag for around £15.00 starting price. We did as part of club talk have somebody demo wet weather gear for cameras a couple of seasons ago. How good these are I don’t know. But best of luck trying out rainy weather.



    What camera do you use Mervin?  Proper underwater housing is very expensive but as meg says there are lighter versions claiming to be waterproof starting from a fiver online.  Not much more than a camera shaped plastic bag really but safer  than just going out in the rain and cheap enough.  They claim you can scuba dive using it (no chance) so a bit of rain should be ok.


    I have to warn you that if you intentionally use your camera or even a phone in torrential rain then your insurance would be void as it would be regarded as negligence.  I have just started work as a claims handler so I know of what I speak! 😉

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    Pete Robinson

    I took Meg to the ‘Marbury (Not so) Merry Day’ on Saturday when we were shooting Vikings between heavy showers. Some water must have got into my Canon 5D and it reported “Communication error between lens and body” and refused to work. However, I took the lens off and was able to dry it and it recovered OK.  I have a simple clear plastic bag that I’ve cut a hole in the bottom for the lens to poke through. You can use an elastic band to hold it in place and put your hands in the top of the bag which is pointing downwards. Being clear you can see the LED and settings. I works well when I remember to use it and didn’t cost £15.



    Cheers folks, looks like it’s clear plastic bags or a slave for the brolly from now on then 🙂



    Mervin, to go back to the original question, the answer will be – not very. On the 5DII only some of the buttons are “weather-sealed” so the 50D will certainly not be better than that. In any case it is just weather-sealed and not water-sealed which means it will stand a few raindrops and that is about it. Lenses too – it is only the L lenses which are anywhere near weather-proof, so the umbrella is the answer.

    I value more the dust proofing of the lenses at least – especially zooms which vacuum it up!


    Pete Robinson
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