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Rain and Snow Pictures?
The camera I have has an optional waterproof case, I dont really plan on going underwater but do take pictures sometimes in rain and snow conditions - will this hurt the camera - should I save up for the waterproof case? I would love some opinions..

Thanks..

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Some rain or snow won't hurt your camera, but avoid any heavy rain; in a sweet rain just be careful and dry your camera before the drops can find a way inside it and get to circuitry.The waterproof case is just needed when going underwater..

Happy shootingAntonio R...

Comment #1

Well, I suppose that depends on the camera. I wouldn't feel comfortable making the statement that some rain or snow won't hurt..

If your camera is cold enough, the snow can usually be blown off before it melts. I've done this. But I never let rain water hit the camera, even a very light sprinkle. It's not weather-sealed, so if a few drops hit the wrong spot, it may well be trouble..

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Comment #2

How about operating temps for cameras. I've taken some outside shots, at night for about an hour session, bring the camera back in and it's like an ice cube. Not freezing here in vegas, but 40's-50's. Could that impact the moving components in the camera or lens?.

Tyler..

Comment #3

I had a Canon Pro 1 which ended up falling in a Loch (lake) it made some terrible noises and wouldn't switch off, I pulled the battery and left it next to the fire over night to dry it out. The next day with fingers crossed I put the battery in and switched on. That was a year and a half ago and I still use it with no problems. I may have just been very lucky..

Almost every camera should be able to resist the average rain fall, but I wouldn't recommend putting this to the test..

A simple plastic bag with a hole cut for the lens can offer a very good temporary solution..

Big changes in temperature can cause dew to form both on the outside and inside of your camera. So if you take your camera from a very cold environment into a warm/hot one allow it to come up to temperature before you switch it back on to allow any dew to evaporate..

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TylerKB wrote:.

How about operating temps for cameras. I've taken some outside shots,at night for about an hour session, bring the camera back in and itslike an ice cube. Not freezing here in vegas, but 40's-50's. Couldthat impact the moving components in the camera or lens?.

Tyler.

Cold doesn't really affect a digital camera. The battery will not last as long in cold conditions, though when you warm the battery back up it will again function. Thus long cold sessions require a second battery kept warm in an inside pocket and keep switching batteries and warming the cold battery..

Bringing a cold camera in is another matter. You will get condensation and if you see condensation on the outside of the camera you can expect it on the inside as well. When you're outside just place the cold camera in a ziplock bag and then let it warm up inside in the bag. All the condensation will be on the outside of the bag and not the inside of the camera.A member of the rabble in good standing..

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