There is really only one way to test the water resistance of a camera – go out in heavy rain, shoot for a period of time, and see what happens. It is not an approach I would necessarily recommend as there is a potential of causing damage to the camera. The Nikon D7000 camera I use is listed as weather sealed and now has functioned normally through two sessions in the rain.
After shooting at Nimbus Dam on the American River yesterday and publishing Rancho Cordova (CA), Dam Gate, Streams of Water, Monochrome, I wanted another session to focus on the contrast of flowing water and steel/concrete in more detail. The weather was worse: heavier rain and high winds. The small remaining strip of land along the water’s edge used by a few fishermen yesterday is now underwater. Yet a seemingly endless stream of visitors (individuals and families) are arriving at the dam despite the rain to see the rarely seen sight of too much water in California.
Equipment Notes: I neglected to account for a difference in temperature between the trunk of my car when I had left my camera bag earlier in the morning and the temperature inside a museum I visited midday. The usual protocol is to keep the bag in the main part of the car (when it is warmer) or at least leave the gear in the camera bag when entering a warm room and let the temperate equalize slowly over a period of time. Well, I did not do either. Within 5 minutes, condensation developed on the lens glass on the outside and inside. Oops. The remedy is to place the lens and camera into zip lock bags, squeezing the air out, and even adding some dessicant packs (or a hanful of dry rice grains) into the bag, sealing the bags and bringing the gear inside. Over time, the gear dries out. This method also works on acclimating gear into a warm room. Inside of condensation forming on the glass and inside the lens, the condesation should form on the outside of the bag.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 70mm, f/14, 1/4 sec
Rancho Cordova (CA), Water Surge, Splash, Foot of Dam. Nimbus Dam, American River, Rancho Cordova, CA. January 08, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.