Drip, drip!

If you want pictures of rain, you need to get the camera out there.

Photo/illustration: Martin Joergensen ©2015

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From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted March 16th 2010


The D200 IS sealed, and as I said: I would not treat any camera as I treat my D200! But in general I think most cameras can take more than we think or fear.

Too bad about the fish and good to hear that things are starting to happen out there! Reersoe is one of my personal favorite spots to fish (for the non-Danes: it's a nice peninsula in Denmark known for good coastal fishing).

Tuck your D60 inside you waders. That will require a full dive from you before it gets wet, and such dives are rare after all.

That will enable you to do some POV-shots like the ones shown in this article or the picture below.
Notice the drops on my 900 dollar fisheye lens!
It happens... but it's just water.
I wiped it off after my fishing (which was very good that day), and it's still as good as new.


From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted March 16th 2010


Thanks for the thorough answer! I did not know whether it was because the D200 was specially sealed - I don't wanna see my D60 die on me like a some phones do after a little swim. But as you describe, maybe I should give more credit to the designers and use it as it is intended too.

Tired of the feeling when getting home and looking through the pictures not finding a single one on the water describing the atmosphere of that day. Two trouts at Reersø this thursday and no pictures..

I'll think I will start on the plastic-bag-trick and maybe go the full monthy - naked camera - later.

By the way: Nice layout on the pictures in the article!

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From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted March 15th 2010


I think few photographers would submit their camera to what I have offered my D200 (as you can see above). My camera has rusty screws, severe problems synchronizing a flash using the hot shoe due to oxidizing and is slowly loosing the rubber cover. It's seen some action and is clocking steadily towards its shot number 40,000, but it still takes great pictures.

I wouldn't recommend other people being quite as rough, but on the other hand I see way too many photographers not realizing that their camera is supposed to be out in the air! And a bit of rain will not hurt any camera.
Cameras in general have no problems with drops, splashes and dirt, and your D60 like most SLR's are surprisingly robust. I have a D40, which is a small plastic camera compared, and it runs like a clockwork in spite of the things I have done to it. Armed with my new small 35mm f1.8 it will live a swell life inside my waders while I'm fishing this coming season, and it will most likely get its share of saltwater and sand - and most likely take some nice pictures for me.

But if you want a makeshift protection for your camera, simply use a plastic bag large enough for the camera and your hands. Cut off one corner of the bag to create a hole for the lens, slip the camera into the bag, the lens through the hole and a rubber band around the lens hood to secure the bag. You can reach into the bag and operate the camera and see both the viewfinder and display well enough to shoot. The camera is quite well protected from the rain.


From: Anders · anders.albertsen·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted March 15th 2010

Nice article Martin! I have been thinking of this situation for some time, when I have bought my Nikon D60 on fishing trips. Can It handle the environment or does the camera have to be specially sealed? I have so far saved my camera from rainy weather and haven't found any simple and effective protection yet. Ideally I would be able to bring my camera over the shoulder when fishing on the coast - but is this possible?

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