One of the members here did a days shoot in Denmark I believe it was, shooting rain. At the end, last slide, he showed the camera being absolutely soaking wet and mentioned how it has good seals to keep it dry for just such a thing. It was a D60. I have a D40X.
Can I go out in the rain and take shots without worries of ruining it? I mean, I am not going to hold it out under a downpour all day, but are they designed for photographers to be able to go out during rainstorms? I would think yes, since photojournalists have to shoot hurricanes, rain flooding, etc.
I am talking REASONABLY wqaterproof, not an underwater camera I can drop into the lake and retrieve with an accidental shot of a trophy bass...although, that would be nice
I say this because Hurricane Hannah is coming this way in a few hours. I may want to take some practice shots like he did.
The thing is most of the time if a photojournalist knows they are going to be shooting in those kinds of conditions they use some sort of cover for their camera. I would not suggest taking your gear out in the rain without some sort of protection, that is just tempting fate. You also have to remember its not just the body you have to worry about its your lens. Just because your body might be able to take a bit of wet weather does not mean your lens can.
The D3 has relatively waterproof sealing between body and lens and the 70-200 f2.8 is a nice match, I have used this combo in dirty weather without any leaks but my D40x I leave in the bag, as suggested, use a water/weather proof bag. I have seen purposebuilt covers on ebay.
A few years ago we had a member kill a D50 by shooting in the rain. The pro cameras and lenses are weather sealed and you'll see pros shooting with these exposed to rain/water. On a lower end camera, I wouldn't take the chance.
I sooooooo appreciate everyone's input. I will use a cover then, and that is because I want to shoot rain shots. I did some on the deck under Hannah or whatever the hurricane was this weekend with an umbrella and saw the potential of nice rain/water shots. THere is photography potential in storms.
>mentioned how it has good seals to keep it dry for just such a thing. It was a D60.
The D60 has minimal weather sealing. He was either grossly misinformed or perhaps you heard wrong. A D60 in a rain storm would die an early death. The Dx00 series and Dx have significant weather sealing which is part of their appeal over the Dx0 series.
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