Ok to take 5DmkII on beach?

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  1. Socketvox

    Socketvox Member

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    I feel like this might be a stupid question, but is it ok to take my 5d down to the beach? I'm not planning on changing lenses.

    Anything I need to know? I know the 5dii is partially weather sealed, but not to the extent of a 1d.

    A mate reckons it will be fine and just to wipe it down afterwards.

    Thoughts? Gotta head down soon.
     
  2. Sili

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    Sure why not? Your mate's logic sounds right. Just give the camera a wipe down when you are done at the beach.
     
  3. sconosciuto

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    It'll be fine. I've dropped my D700 into a rock pool as I slipped and fell when I was climbing some rocks, this being on the same day that my Nikon F75 (which is plastic like a toy) and plastic nikon 18-35mm lens got soaked by the spray from a wave hitting the rocks...

    A towel will buff it right out, sheesh some people are overtly paranoid...
     
  4. aParis

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    Lol, I just about did this the other weekend, luckily i had the strap around my arm.
     
  5. HumbleBum

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    This..

    Pretty sure most people must use P+S's when they do beach landscapes. :o :wired:
     
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    Socketvox

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    Ok cheers. Yeah just wanted to check.

    First DSLR and I worked my arse off to get it. Trying not to break it ;)
     
  7. HumbleBum

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    Just dont play sand castles with it..
     
  8. BMan2

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    I've had mine on there nearly every weekend shooting weddings. It gets spray, rain, sand, grit and everything. Be sensible you'll be fine
     
  9. Jackolow

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    I thought its more the lenses which you need to be weary of. A grain of sand in the AF gears is enough to make it go err99. Is that true?
     
  10. MoonShadow

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    I don't take my camera on the beach since my old Powershot seized up from some grains of sand getting in the lens gearing.
     
  11. Paper Mache Man

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    I would be more worried about the salt spray on your lenses and other reflective surfaces (e.g. LCD screen).

    Don't give your lens a good rub to clean away the grime on it when you get home. The salt is hard enough that you might as well be cleaning with sandpaper. Make sure whatever you use is damp and clean using very little pressure the first time you go over it.

    I'm normally really good about this but forgot about this the other day and have now ruined my glasses (salt caused a rough haze over one lens).

    That's my 2cents.
     
  12. Renza

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    weather sealed lenses ftw :D
     
  13. sunrise

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    did you buy your camera to take photos with it or not?
    take it *everywhere*
    it handles a lot more crap than you think
    if you're lucky enough to damage it, means you'll have to buy new gear :)

    .. but really, my gear has come with me rain, hail, shine and snow.. been at the beach, crawls through caves and abseiling.. seems alcohol splash proof too. and have changed lenses in all conditions.. just give it a nice clean when you're home, if you can be bothered ,otherwise when you start to notice dust in your shots :)
     
  14. vindicator

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    No point owning things if you are scared to use them.

    Have fun.
     
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    I got sand in my nikon 18-70 zoom and ruined it... but yeah, use it, thats what its for.

    non-zoom or internally zooming lenses (you know, good ones) wont have the problem mine has.
     
  16. lothloriel

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    Give the man a break; he's asking for simple advice and a lot of you are implying idiocy because he's asking a question you already know the answer to and in hindsight makes the question appear stupid, which it is not.

    Straight forward question needs a straight forward answer.
     
  17. Hi-tek

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    I tuck mine in my speedos when I go out for a swim

    jks... should be fine, I've brought mine out to the beach plenty of times.

    Best to not swap lenses in case of salt sprays if you're finnicky, after you're done, just wipe it down with some alcohol or a wet cloth. I've shot in the rain before as well with my 5D and it was fine
     
  18. brainles71

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    Id put it in a large zip lock bag while your not using it... prevent sand or any thing from working its way in... also could help if you ended up in the drink :S
     

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