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I want to shoot inside a hotspring/SPA/bathhouse – very hot, very humid, steam rising off the hot water, etc. etc. Any suggestions to keep my gear alive? Will putting gaffer tape on all my 400D’s joints help? Cover it in a plastic bag with just the lens showing? (Canon L 70-200, so the lens should be weather-sealed, right?)
All suggestions welcome, apart from the ones that say, “Go buy a 5D” or somesuch … :)

by BignoseTW at 2007-07-02 12:04:43 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Taipei , Taiwan | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Maybe someone else can tell you if this can damage your gear, I don’t know about that. But I do shoot in a place like this and I just leave my camera inside until the lens clears/adjusts…as it fogs up from the extreme heat and humidity…

by [former member] | 02 Jul 2007 12:07 | Boston, United States | | Report spam→
The D200 should be sealed enough. Will require some acclimation though as mentioned above. I’ve shot in similar circumstances with the D200 and all was fine. In fact, the steaming up of the lens and camera meant that I could achieve a beautiful wipe down afterwards. It was glistening.

by Paul Treacy | 02 Jul 2007 15:07 | Home in New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Having just watched them do the behind the scenes from The Discovery Channel’s Greatest Catch, they used jiffy bags around most HD camera’s, with everything else wrapped up tighter than ever.

I’d go with the same approach, make it so that you can see (obviously). Another approach could be using a condom?

Oh i know, the setting is so romantic for you to walk in with yer 400d all wrapped and ready, but it could just work

by Daniel Cuthbert | 02 Jul 2007 16:07 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
I’d use a cloth diaper to catch excess condensation and trust the cameras seals. plastic might trap more moisture next to your camera than it will keep out…though it will make it more splashproof.

I like those roll-top rafting dry bags with a diaper or towel in it as a camera bag for wet places.

by Mark Manger | 02 Jul 2007 16:07 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
In addition to the bag, make sure you put the camera and lenses somewhere hot and dry first so water doesn’t condense on the lens and internals.

by Tommy Huynh | 02 Jul 2007 17:07 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve shot in the tunnels of a gold mine with reportedly 100% humidity several times. Though I must say I used a nice mechanical Nikon film camera back then. Just the same let me share that what I found helpful was having a small towel (or a cloth diaper as suggested above) to drape over the camera even as you raise it to your eye to shoot. Goodluck.

by Max Pasion | 02 Jul 2007 17:07 | | Report spam→

by Paul Treacy | 02 Jul 2007 21:07 | Home in New York City, United States | | Report spam→

by Gregory Sharko | 02 Jul 2007 22:07 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
While shooting on a dairy farm in the winter I walked in from 3 hours in the freezing weather to the warm and very humid dairy barn with the big tanks of milk, and the concrete floor hosed down. The cameras were dripping wet within moments, the lenses fogged over, yadda, yadda… I thought they were ruined. Once they warmed up, all was well, but that was when I was shooting Leica rangefinders. I’d be worried about the electrics in a digital. I like the jiffy/glad bag solution. Plastic bags and camera tape and let them acclimate to the room…

by Peter Calvin | 02 Jul 2007 22:07 | Dallas, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks a lot to everyone for excellent advice. I’ll go the jiffy way. I’d use the condom but umm … the Asian ones are too small, natch ;)

by BignoseTW | 03 Jul 2007 09:07 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
Snug fitting huh?

by Daniel Cuthbert | 03 Jul 2007 09:07 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
once you are done with the shoot..

Get some Cat Litter box stuff.. the best type would be http://www.tidycats.com/GetPage.aspx?ContentID=105 – this stuff is pure Silica Gel (same as the “do not eat” packages) or if not the clay type product is fine.. and it is cheap.. put your lenses, camera in with this in a sealed green garbage bag.. squeeze excess air out and let it sit overnight, longer if you have time.. It will suck all the moisture out of lenses and cameras. Even the stuff you cannot see or feel..

by [former member] | 03 Jul 2007 16:07 | Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | | Report spam→

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