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van do , Sep 26, 2010; 10:06 p.m.

Hey guys, i had a question and i was hoping that you guys may be able to help me out!
I was just wondering how safe is it to shoot Film outside in the rain? I've always wanted to shoot during the rain but i didnt know if it would be safe or not. Would the rain damage the body or the lens of my camera in any way? I shoot with a Nikon N80 and have an AF Nikkor 50mm 1.8D lens and an AF Nikkor 28-85mm lens.
I would also like to know the same about digital. How safe is shooting digital in the rain? Im sure its much more risky but im curious to know.

Please let me know soon, thanks a bunch!

-Van Do


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Dave Lee , Sep 26, 2010; 10:18 p.m.

Use an umbrella? Watch out for humidity. Depending where you are, taking a camera from a very humid environment to a dry one, or vice versa, can damage it more than getting some drops of water on it. I've shot in Seattle during the rain with an umbrella pretty successfully, but I try not to when I can help it.

van do , Sep 26, 2010; 10:27 p.m.

thanks a lot dave!!! i will definitely keep that in mind and ill be sure to bring an umbrella!

Michael Axel , Sep 26, 2010; 10:27 p.m.

Van Do, People have done it for a long time, especially photojournalists. When I was shooting movie sets, there would often be a lot of water. I placed my cameras in a plastic bag, and placed a slightly smaller hole where the lens would go, and screw in a filter, leaving room for my hands to go in the opening. I've noticed gear is for sale on BHPhoto (and probably others) made by bag manufacturers, that cover the camera and lenses. It is safe so long as you dry out the camera afterward.

van do , Sep 26, 2010; 10:31 p.m.

thanks a lot dave!!! i will definitely keep that in mind and ill be sure to bring an umbrella!

van do , Sep 26, 2010; 10:33 p.m.

great info michael!! i really like the plastic bag idea!! its cheap and seems like it would work!

thanks a bunch man!

-van do

Mark Drutz , Sep 26, 2010; 10:35 p.m.

There are protective housings both hard and soft sold for SLR's. I have an Olympus 35mm P&S with a 28-100mm lens that is weatherproof. There are several weatherproof 35mm and digital P&S available new and used. The 35mm ones can be gotten in good used condition dirt cheap.

Gil Pruitt , Sep 26, 2010; 11:40 p.m.

Use an umbrella!

Dave Lee , Sep 27, 2010; 12:01 a.m.

as this posting has nothing to do with Nikon, I expect the mods to move it to Casual Conversations...

Ton Mestrom , Sep 27, 2010; 02:37 a.m.

it's quite often that I shoot in the rain and quite honest, it's never been a problem. Having said that manual cameras as a rule can take a lot more abuse than the electronic ones because they were or are better sealed. Lenses are a bit more tricky though.

Rain sleeves are probably a good idea when using a camera in a heavy shower but I've never used them myself. An umbrella is not such a good idea though since it will leave you one-handed.

Given that you use a N80 I would suggest that if it rains too hard for you to step outside unprotected it will rain too hard for your camera as well. On the other hand rain can create the most fantastic opportunities.

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