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05-09-2015, 08:10 AM   #1
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WR question after unintended test

Hello,

I consider Weather Resistance as "peace of mind" in case it is needed. However, I am very careful with my gear and consider myself quite conservative when it comes to risk.
Last week, I was commissioned to photograph a local carnival parade. Having an important photo assignment a few days after that required low light capabilities, and with the possibility of rain, I played it safe and left the K5II home. Instead I took my trusty K20 with the 18-55 WR lens. I know this is not the best IQ combo, but it is the safest when you are walking the ~2 miles route of the parade next to the floats with a chance of rain.
The parade start was delayed an hour due to light rain but eventually got underway. Halfway into the route, it just didn't rain. We got a heavy tropical downpour that halted everything for about an hour. With nowhere to run, we just stood and took it with honor! (my son was part of the escort and it was his fault I was there ) Only our cell phones, keys and wallets were spared as we threw them into the truck pulling the float. Why not getting into the truck? You can't fit 200 people into a pickup cab








So anyways, the K20/WR lens took it bravely. It kept shooting and survived. However, I noticed a tiny moisture spot inside the top LCD, It eventually got away so no big deal. However, the viewfinder was quite foggy. At one point I had to use Live View for composing. It eventually cleared up and everything is OK. But, my question is, is this normal? Not only the rain was a factor but the humidity was very high as well as the temperatures.
Any comments on this?
By the way, Long Live the Carnival Queen!!!!!

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05-09-2015, 08:21 AM   #2
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I would suggest putting the camera in a dry box or box of dry rice for a bit. Just to be safe. That will make sure the camera is thoroughly dry inside just in case. Might be fine, but why take the chance? Especially since moisture can condense inside and give fungus a chance to start.
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I agree with jatrax. I would remove the battery and card, then leave the camera in a dry environment with all the lids opened. Might as well dry out the lens as well.
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Humidity will permeate the weatherseals and generate condensation/fog in the camera when the temps change. It's relatively normal, but it is a good idea to dry the camera out with dessicants to prevent fungus and mold etc.

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I did not know about rice. You can get desiccant cheap from harbor freight. But that in sealed bag with camera.

I have that happen to my waterproof Fuji all the time. But it's coming from changing batteries in humid environment.

Congrats to you and your pics.
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I keep a couple of metal silica gel packs with me at home and when traveling. Pelican makes these and you can find other brands on Amazon. You put them in an oven for a couple of hours and it charges them, then store them in a zip lock bag until you need them. When they are charged, the crystals are one color; when they are full of moisture they change colors and must be reheated. Take one of these and put it in a zip lock bag with the camera and lens for a couple of days and it will dry them out completely. My daughter revived a cell phone (pre-smartphone) that had been dropped into a glass of water this way. Take the battery out of the camera first. As far as I am concerned, these things are indispensable if you are going to photographing outside.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
with the possibility of rain, I played it safe and left the K5II home

I don't quite understand, the K5 series are sealed as well, and since they're "newer" there's less chance any seals may have dried / shrunk and thus would be safer to me. Rainy weather photography existed long before weather sealing. A little common sense and a towel will get you through the worst of weather.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
Having an important photo assignment a few days after that required low light capabilities, and with the possibility of rain, I played it safe and left the K5II home.!
QuoteOriginally posted by Al_Kahollick Quote
I don't quite understand, the K5 series are sealed as well, and since they're "newer" there's less chance any seals may have dried / shrunk and thus would be safer to me.
I gather he was considering the k20 to be more expendable than his k5ii. The k20 picked up on this, and the moisture inside it is not from the rain but from the tears it choked back when it realized it's now second best. Camera morale is overlooked far too often (please don't even hint that the k20 may have dried and shrunken seals, at least not if it's in the room).

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