Is it safe to take photo by the sea.


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zac08

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hawkeyes said:
Hi, I'm new here , n juz wonder if is it safe to bring and shoot photo by the sea side or beaches? Is it possible some part will rust or faulty due to salty air or fine grain of sand entering without notice it? Any possible advice?:bigeyes:
Just keep it from the salt spray and it should do fine. Else to be very safe, get a water-proof casing for it. Do remember that some of the casings can be more expensive than the camera itself.
 

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Absolutely, salt and moistures are death to electronics, so keep your camera in the dry cabinet, and forget about taking picture by the sea. For all of the photographers who love to shoot bikini babes on the beach are asking for trouble. Their cameras are as good as dead. Those who change lenses on the beach are just making the death of their camera that much more faster.

Singapore's humidity is so high, it is a major problem for any electronic equipment. Every time you take your camera out of the dry cabinet, the more you use your camera, the shorter it's lifespan is going to be.

The best thing for a photography enthusiast with a brand new DSLR, inorder to maintain the mint condition of the camera, IS NEVER USE IT, and if usage is inevitable, try to make sure it's in an air conditioned room, preferrably, the same room as teh dry cabinet.
 

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Deadpoet said:
Absolutely, salt and moistures are death to electronics, so keep your camera in the dry cabinet, and forget about taking picture by the sea. For all of the photographers who love to shoot bikini babes on the beach are asking for trouble. Their cameras are as good as dead. Those who change lenses on the beach are just making the death of their camera that much more faster.

Singapore's humidity is so high, it is a major problem for any electronic equipment. Every time you take your camera out of the dry cabinet, the more you use your camera, the shorter it's lifespan is going to be.

The best thing for a photography enthusiast with a brand new DSLR, inorder to maintain the mint condition of the camera, IS NEVER USE IT, and if usage is inevitable, try to make sure it's in an air conditioned room, preferrably, the same room as teh dry cabinet.

shot a wedding at the beach, changed lens, and my 85/1.8 ended up w graining sound when focusing and sand particles btween the elements. learnt my lessons well. now if shooting at beach, just mount a zoom and NEVER NEVER CHANGE LENS WHILE THERE!!!
 

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Better still, use a fixed focal length... no moving parts!


surge said:
...now if shooting at beach, just mount a zoom and NEVER NEVER CHANGE LENS WHILE THERE!!!
 

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Deadpoet said:
Absolutely, salt and moistures are death to electronics, so keep your camera in the dry cabinet, and forget about taking picture by the sea. For all of the photographers who love to shoot bikini babes on the beach are asking for trouble. Their cameras are as good as dead. Those who change lenses on the beach are just making the death of their camera that much more faster.

Singapore's humidity is so high, it is a major problem for any electronic equipment. Every time you take your camera out of the dry cabinet, the more you use your camera, the shorter it's lifespan is going to be.

The best thing for a photography enthusiast with a brand new DSLR, inorder to maintain the mint condition of the camera, IS NEVER USE IT, and if usage is inevitable, try to make sure it's in an air conditioned room, preferrably, the same room as teh dry cabinet.

Alright, have a mint DSLR that you hardly use or risk trashing your DSLR. Interesting question. And no, doesn't mean constant use by the seaside means death to your camera. Unless you decide to go scuba diving with it I suppose.

Well actually the inverse could be said. The more the camera is used(besides getting banged around), the less likely it is to get its lenses crossworked with fungi (due to UV irradiation),mechanical parts getting stuck (due to constant movement). Problem lies when shutters get worn or electronics get short circuited (not a problem nowadays with the voltage regulated circuitry ..usually it's software problems nowadays).

As for salt, well, unless you're happily snapping away right at water's edge with lots of splashes the risk of damage is minimal. Even with the splashing bit it is still minimal. Sea Spray usually comes as a result of violent action, such as waves slamming against rocks with such force that mist of water droplets imbue the atmosphere. You'd be able to tell as you could 'taste' the air is salty. Even then, most DSLR manufacturers are pretty well constructed. I have seen 10D with 300,000 shutter counts still performing as expected, and the photographers shot everything from models to the waves along the sea side.

One thing holds true though..DON'T EVER change your lens when there is sand or sea spray nearby. or if you ahve to do it, bring a bag and shove it in and do it.
 

drake336

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Deadpoet said:
Absolutely, salt and moistures are death to electronics, so keep your camera in the dry cabinet, and forget about taking picture by the sea. For all of the photographers who love to shoot bikini babes on the beach are asking for trouble. Their cameras are as good as dead. Those who change lenses on the beach are just making the death of their camera that much more faster.

Singapore's humidity is so high, it is a major problem for any electronic equipment. Every time you take your camera out of the dry cabinet, the more you use your camera, the shorter it's lifespan is going to be.

The best thing for a photography enthusiast with a brand new DSLR, inorder to maintain the mint condition of the camera, IS NEVER USE IT, and if usage is inevitable, try to make sure it's in an air conditioned room, preferrably, the same room as teh dry cabinet.
I think he meant for the post to be satirical leh... :sweat:
 

drake336

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hawkeyes said:
Hi, I'm new here , n juz wonder if is it safe to bring and shoot photo by the sea side or beaches? Is it possible some part will rust or faulty due to salty air or fine grain of sand entering without notice it? Any possible advice?:bigeyes:
Think you should just exercise common sense in most cases... try to avoid places where the waves are taller than you :bsmilie: or just use that cheap ass kit lens that you don't give a rat's ass about...

Most bodies nowadays can take more of a beating than you think, it should be the lenses that you should worry about. Most importantly, never dry wipe if you see salt stains, but then again, that should just be common sense, no?
 

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hawkeyes said:
Hi, I'm new here , n juz wonder if is it safe to bring and shoot photo by the sea side or beaches? Is it possible some part will rust or faulty due to salty air or fine grain of sand entering without notice it? Any possible advice?:bigeyes:
Totally unsafe! For that type of photography you need the D2X. :bsmilie:
 

solarii

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DeusExMachina said:
Totally unsafe! For that type of photography you need the D2X. :bsmilie:
Or a 1 series body + any weather sealed zoom lens.:)
 

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If you want a mint camera, leave it in your dry cabinet and never take it out. But you'll miss all the great shots you could have taken. Anyway most camera can take some abuse. Just take a little precaution when at the beach.
 

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