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09-26-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Shooting in the rain?

Hello everyone,

I was just wondering: how safe is it for the camera if I were to use my Spotmatic or KX (or ME Super, or any other film SLR) in the rain? I know the LX is weather-sealed, but how would the others fare? I've looked around some, but haven't really found any solid information on this.

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The LX has dust seals at some key locations. It would be a streatch to call it weather sealed.
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A few drops of rain are ok, but not in the open when it’s raining hard.

Stand in a doorway or have someone (wife, kid) hold an umbrella over you. Other than that you will have to go with a weather proof camera cover or make your own.

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Condensation in the lens if it cool rain otherwise for film cameras with just batteries for the meter...i would stand in the rain and shoot, Kx you'll need a baggie with an open end for the lens front element. Now if it (film camera) fell into a lake or similar then it might be toast, the Kx for sure

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Mechanical cameras are hardier than you'd think, it's fine to shoot in the rain, wipe the camera and lens off after-wards and let them dry well. And if still in doubt, use a camera that is expendable, i.e. not very expensive and easily repaired or replaced.

For example I spent a day in the rain in Manhattan a couple of years ago, using a Fuji ST605. It would fog up sometimes, or between my glasses and its view finder being wet I couldn't see through it too well. I kept it under a jacket to keep it from the worst rain, but the jacket wasn't a raincoat so everything was wet anyway. Camera kept working and is still working. So's the lens.
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I have a couple of weatherproof 35mm point & shoot cameras for such conditions.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Stevopedia Quote
Hello everyone,

I was just wondering: how safe is it for the camera if I were to use my Spotmatic or KX (or ME Super, or any other film SLR) in the rain? I know the LX is weather-sealed, but how would the others fare? I've looked around some, but haven't really found any solid information on this.

- Stephen
Rain or any fresh water never bothered me too much with my film bodies, but salt water was a constant threat. My KX (not digital!) got a whale tail splash at an aquarium and I missed most of the rest of the show rinsing the old girl off. She surrvived.
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