Weathered-sealed lenses for the Nikon D7100?

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Weathered-sealed lenses for the Nikon D7100?
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Hello everyone, I'm really enjoying my D7100 that I got just a little bit ago but just had a couple of questions. With it beginning to snow near me where I am, I've been traveling up to the cold and taking pictures. But I had one curious question? It seems that the D7100 is weathered-sealed and I'm curious as to what extent that is? I've seen the Olympus E-M1 drenched underneath a kitchen sink and realize that this is probably an insane extreme, however if I'm able to go out in a decent rainstorm and still not have to worry about the camera being damaged then that's just another huge plus! Also, which lenses would be weathered-sealed along with the camera? All I have right now is the Nikon 16-85mm so I'm hoping that will have some weather-sealing but thought I'd come here and ask first?

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In reply to Smiller4128, 10 months ago

Smiller4128 wrote:

Hello everyone, I'm really enjoying my D7100 that I got just a little bit ago but just had a couple of questions. With it beginning to snow near me where I am, I've been traveling up to the cold and taking pictures. But I had one curious question? It seems that the D7100 is weathered-sealed and I'm curious as to what extent that is? I've seen the Olympus E-M1 drenched underneath a kitchen sink and realize that this is probably an insane extreme, however if I'm able to go out in a decent rainstorm and still not have to worry about the camera being damaged then that's just another huge plus! Also, which lenses would be weathered-sealed along with the camera? All I have right now is the Nikon 16-85mm so I'm hoping that will have some weather-sealing but thought I'd come here and ask first?

Light mist and a sprinkle or two. Do not use the camera (unprotected) in a regular rain for any length of time. For the most part...All the Nikon Gold Ring lenses have extra weather sealing above and beyond the less expensive lenses.

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Only the Nikon 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and the super telephotos are properly weather sealed. I doubt the D7100 is as well sealed as the OM-D either, I wouldn't use it under heavy rain if I were you.

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To me "weather-sealed" means nothing. It is not the same as "water-resistant".

You may be able to get your Pentax K-3 or Olympus E-M1 slightly more wet than your D7100 before incurring any water damage. Or not. As far as I know, none of these manufacturers will guarantee the water resistance of any of their cameras.

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Hello everyone, I'm really enjoying my D7100 that I got just a little bit ago but just had a couple of questions. With it beginning to snow near me where I am, I've been traveling up to the cold and taking pictures. But I had one curious question? It seems that the D7100 is weathered-sealed and I'm curious as to what extent that is? I've seen the Olympus E-M1 drenched underneath a kitchen sink and realize that this is probably an insane extreme, however if I'm able to go out in a decent rainstorm and still not have to worry about the camera being damaged then that's just another huge plus! Also, which lenses would be weathered-sealed along with the camera? All I have right now is the Nikon 16-85mm so I'm hoping that will have some weather-sealing but thought I'd come here and ask first?

...that it's any less weather sealed than E-M1. I've used mine in light rain and had snow laying on it with no problems. I do try to keep the water away from the camera/lens interface if it's a lens with no gasket.

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Improved weather sealing over the D7000
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Smiller4128 wrote:

Hello everyone, I'm really enjoying my D7100 that I got just a little bit ago but just had a couple of questions. With it beginning to snow near me where I am, I've been traveling up to the cold and taking pictures. But I had one curious question? It seems that the D7100 is weathered-sealed and I'm curious as to what extent that is? I've seen the Olympus E-M1 drenched underneath a kitchen sink and realize that this is probably an insane extreme, however if I'm able to go out in a decent rainstorm and still not have to worry about the camera being damaged then that's just another huge plus! Also, which lenses would be weathered-sealed along with the camera? All I have right now is the Nikon 16-85mm so I'm hoping that will have some weather-sealing but thought I'd come here and ask first?

And there are plenty of videos on youtube showing the D7000 being tested under a shower head, so I wouldn't worry too much about the body.

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Hi

I got a D90 briefly wet in a sudden Hong Kong storm last spring, despite drying it thoroughly, it died a slow death, yet the 16 - 85 lens survived.

Could be I was just unlucky with the non-weather sealed  D90 and lucky with the 16 - 85. This may give some idea about what the lens can take, or not.

I have replaced it with a D7100 body but I'll take no chances with that, weather-sealed or not.

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Get yourself a Lens Coat (Rain Coat), they are excellent for shooting in rain and snow.

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Smiller4128 wrote:

Hello everyone, I'm really enjoying my D7100 that I got just a little bit ago but just had a couple of questions. With it beginning to snow near me where I am, I've been traveling up to the cold and taking pictures. But I had one curious question? It seems that the D7100 is weathered-sealed and I'm curious as to what extent that is? I've seen the Olympus E-M1 drenched underneath a kitchen sink and realize that this is probably an insane extreme, however if I'm able to go out in a decent rainstorm and still not have to worry about the camera being damaged then that's just another huge plus! Also, which lenses would be weathered-sealed along with the camera? All I have right now is the Nikon 16-85mm so I'm hoping that will have some weather-sealing but thought I'd come here and ask first?

I don't worry too much, as long as I can keep water off the front element I'll be shooting.  My D7000 and D7100 have gotten wet many times...I just make sure to take them out and let them dry off when i get home.

My 16-85 has been rained on a lot, snowed on, had glue poured on (don't ask) and it's stood up very well in the 2.5 yrs that I've had it.

This is my D7100 and Tamron 17-50 a few weeks ago...it was dark and I didn't realize how much snow was on it

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Rain coats work really well, alas they're not something you always carry around. I keep a plasic bag and rubber band ( for around the lens ), this too works well and takes up next to no room.

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Pentax K5 weathersealing ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo61t5fH6Qw

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This is a subject that has fascinated me for some time, because I personally consider it quite crippling to have to turn away photographic opportunities due to weather. I'm really not a fan of rain covers because I find that even the better designed ones make it awkward to access controls.

Nikon is cagey about the weather resistance of its consumer lenses and there appears to be a range of opinions among users, but I support the view that you should be fine with the D7100 and a gasket equipped lens (including the 16-85mm) as long as you don't expose it to extreme or prolonged weather conditions. I have seen many anecdotes of people using this type of equipment in light or moderate rain and very, very few cases where damage has occurred.

As an extra safeguard it would be a good idea to dry the equipment after its been exposed to moisture. If you have a dehumidifier at home it would be effective for this purpose, or otherwise put the camera, lens and some silica gel in a plastic bag with the zoom fully extended for a while after use.

Remember that anything you do is at your own risk.

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Pentax K5 weathersealing ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo61t5fH6Qw

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And?

Doesn't mean you can't damage your camera that way, or that Pentax will repair or replace it under warranty.

Also, there's nothing to stop Pentax from paying to have that video shot. Not saying that they did, but it wouldn't really cost them very much, would it?

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Pentax K5 weathersealing ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo61t5fH6Qw

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Wasn't that Pentax troll Heie banned from here?

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I don't normally go out in wet weather with my camera but there are some great photo opportunities in the rain, so it could be worth making an effort.

I don't have a specialist cover for my cameras so I tend to just try to keep under cover (by side of buildings etc) if it is wet. If, however, it is very wet I simply cut the bottom out of a normal carrier bag & poke lens through bottom. My cameras have got quite wet from time to time but they still run no problem. Carry some high absorbent kitchen roll strips to help dry the camera & lens.

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Although it's not a D7100, my D7000 with 80-400VR attached took a full frontal hit from a wave while hanging from my hip on a black rapid strap.  There was so much water, I was soaked from the mid chest down to my toes and dripping wet after the wave receded.  I felt my camera (and lens) were toast, but took a towel from my wife's beach bag and wrapped it immediately, soaking up the external water.  When I couldn't see any more water in any of the cracks or crevices, I turned the camera on to find it fully functional as if nothing had happened!   I can't imagine it getting wetter than that in the rain, and I expect the D7100 to be even better with its upgraded weather proofing to D800 levels.

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