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Precautions for shooting at the beach?
We live really close to the ocean. What precautions do I need to take knowing this? Our windows are covered with sea spray all the time, so I imagine it can do some serious damage to a camera, right?.

We are planning on buying an Olympus Stylus 790 (waterproof) but still want to be able to use my new Nikon D40 lots...

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I don't have any specific advice but I guess that you should keep the camera in a bag as much as posible (a holster type bag is the most convenient) and wipe it down after use..

I have shot on a beach many times without any problems, but I don't live near a beach.Chris R..

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Here is a link for waterproof bags.The one for the d40 is expensive .I use them for my coolpix for underwater and to at the beach.http://store.thewaterproofstore.com/slrcameracase.html..

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Good advice so far keep it in a protective cover as much as possible. Sand is your biggest enemy with the d40 especially the lens. With film cameras it was much worse but sand gets in every place it can. I ususally do not change batteries, cards or lens at the beach that is just asking for problems. I use a empty card, zoom lens and fresh batteries. If something goes wrong I go back to the car to fix it..

As far as salt spray, don't shoot standing in the surf unless you have a cover for the d40 if it takes on a wave it could be damaged. Wipe the camera down as you saiid after each use..

I use my camera quite a lot on my boat and have had no problems so far just following these rules.Let the light in!.

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I particularly enjoy beach photography & it's one place where I ALWAYS use a UV filter - rather replace a damaged fliter than my lens !!.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

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The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

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Can you tell me which one to buy? I'm still so new I know nothing about filters...

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Shopgirlhawaii wrote:.

Can you tell me which one to buy? I'm still so new I know nothingabout filters..

Something multi-coated. Hoya is good and reasonably priced. http://www.2filter.com has good prices on Hoya, just put the item in the cart to see the actual price. The 18-200mm uses a 72mm filter. Hoya HMC should be fine if you are just going to use it at the beach. If you are going to use it all the time (which I don't normally recommend, except for lenses where the filter seals the lens), get an SMC or Pro 1..

If the filter becomes a mess after using it on the beach, you can take the filter off and was it with your hands and a bit of dish soap. Follow up with whatever lens cleaning solution you use if you didn't manage to get all the water spots off..

Seen in a fortune cookie:Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed..

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Personally use a Hoya Pro 1 D, a little more expensive but the slimmer mounting ring helps avoid any vignetting a wide angles..

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

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Wgc wrote:.

Good advice so far keep it in a protective cover as much as possible.Sand is your biggest enemy with the d40 especially the lens. Withfilm cameras it was much worse but sand gets in every place it can. Iususally do not change batteries, cards or lens at the beach that isjust asking for problems. I use a empty card, zoom lens and freshbatteries. If something goes wrong I go back to the car to fix it..

As far as salt spray, don't shoot standing in the surf unless youhave a cover for the d40 if it takes on a wave it could be damaged.Wipe the camera down as you saiid after each use..

Keep sand off the camera, and off the lens, though that's easier said than done sometimes.. For vacationers, try to avoid handling the camera when covered with oily suntan lotion. Brush any loose sand etc .that makes it s way onto the camera off with a small brush, then wipe the camera down with a damp (not wet) washcloth each night to get finger/facial oils, perspiration, salt spray etch off the camera. Keep a lens cloth handy for when you're shooting and the lens get covered wth salt spray...

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