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04-23-2015, 07:57 AM   #1
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Shooting in the rain

It's raining here and love to shoot some streets in the rain. What are the options to shoot in rain? I have ME Super, Super A, PZ-1p, MZ-3 - what do you recommend?

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04-23-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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If it's protection from the rain for your gear, the simplest and cheapest system is an umbrella. As far as cameras go there, not going to be of much help on that.
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Back in the old days I never worried about rain unless it was a downpour. You can use a plastic grocery bag with a hole cut for the lens to protect the camera. You'll want to have a filter on the lens and keep it wiped dry with a microfiber cloth. Go out and get wet!
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If you are interested in shooting a vintage film camera in the rain, check out the Nikonos series waterproof SLRs. Probably the most "weather"proof film SLRs ever made.

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A lens hood and a plastic bag.
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A LX with fresh seals.
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According to Pentax, the LX were production line tested simulating a sever storm. Except I don't know what lenses are as weather sealed.
04-23-2015, 03:15 PM   #8
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My wife holds an umbrella over me while I shoot.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
If you are interested in shooting a vintage film camera in the rain, check out the Nikonos series waterproof SLRs.
Probably the most "weather"proof film SLRs ever made.

Interchangeable lens and focal plane shutter, but not an SLR.
They have a big bright optical viewfinder.

I used to worry, even with my LX. Now for bad weather I have a Nikonos V.
They're a great bargain now. IIRC I paid $150 with 35/2.5 lens.

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I use a Nikonos III underwater 35mm camera but when I need to shoot in the rain. The 35mm wide-angle lens and the 80mm telephoto lenses can be used in the rain, under water, or on dry land.

The Nikonos I, II, III, IV, and V were all-weather, manual focus, viewfinder cameras; not single-lens-reflex cameras (SLR).

The Nikonos RS was an all-weather, auto focus, single-lens-reflex camera (SLR).

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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
According to Pentax, the LX were production line tested simulating a sever storm. Except I don't know what lenses are as weather sealed.
Exactly! When I use my K 10 or K 5 with WR lenses I don't worry. While my LX bodies are weather sealed, I don't know of any lenses of the film era that are, so an umbrella or plastic bag with cutout for the lens is in order.
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Pretty sure all lenses have seals to protect the inner components from dust and especially to contain the oil in the blade mechanism and the grease of the focusing thread from spilling on the elements or outside. When we have oil on blades it means these seals started to leak.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Pretty sure all lenses have seals to protect the inner components from dust and especially to contain the oil in the blade mechanism and the grease of the focusing thread from spilling on the elements or outside. When we have oil on blades it means these seals started to leak.
You are probably right. But as far as I know only the WR lenses have a gasket on the mount surface to keep rain, etc, out of the camera body.
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LX cutaway:



You can see all the lip seals in the lens.

Still, shooting in the rain with a 30 years old camera and lens is hazardous unless both have been freshly CLAd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
LX cutaway:

You can see all the lip seals in the lens.

Still, shooting in the rain with a 30 years old camera and lens is hazardous unless both have been freshly CLAd.
Nice find!
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