Nikon gear - how weather-proof is it???

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Nikon gear - how weather-proof is it???
Mar 11, 2010

Hey all,

This is my first post here so go easy on me.

I shoot with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR II. Both these items say things like "Advanced weather sealing and dust protection" etc but I'm wondering ... how advanced IS that protection?

The Canon gear I used to use made it pretty clear that you can't expect truly decent protection until you hit the EOS-1 models and above and I'm wondering if the Nikon gear is the same, i.e. do I have to fork out for the D3 etc before I can expect any sort of decent weather sealing?

I shoot a lot of events and the outdoors being as it is I have to deal with rain from time to time, not to mention dust etc too.

Can anyone comment? How careful do I need to be with gear like this? Beyond the obvious care I take with all my gear, that is. Is the lens-ring on the both the body and lens sealed? Can moisture/rain/dust get in there? The D300 has sealing around the CF door but that's kinda pointless if the body etc isn't up to the same standard.

Thanks!

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