HYPER CLAIMS ARE NOTHING NEW –
HYPER CAN BE DEFINED AS – prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “over,” usually implying excess or exaggeration ( hyperbole);
We have all, at some time or another been exposed to hyper claims.
They may have been made by politicians, advertising agencies, corporations, blog sites, social media sites, manufacturer sites and so many more.
Camera and Lens manufacturers say you can use their gear in inclement conditions such as rain, snow, waterfalls, dust storms, etc.they mean it. However, the advertising hype for those of that use regular DSLR, Compact System Cameras, Mirrorless Cameras and most other cameras really goes beyond the water-resistant hype that is being taunted. In some cases, one would be asked to believe you can jump into a swimming pool with your gear and continue to work as if you were on dry land.
No matter what they say, your gear is not waterproof.
There are fixed lens cameras that are designed to be totally waterproof and can actually be submerged, but these are not the cameras referred to in this article.
The hyper advertising has led users to actually believe that the gear they have purchased is “virtually immortal” and incapable of being damaged. That has led some not so very bright people on the web who have nothing to do but test their gear as opposed to shooting with it to perform some pretty outrageous tests. Some of these tests have been users putting their camera gear in their home showers and running the water at full force over the equipment and then providing pictures of the soaked cameras and lenses to hopefully prove the hyper claims or for that matter disprove the hyper claims. In any case a stupid and ignorant thing to do. Obviously experimenting with thousands of dollars of gear in this fashion does not speak well to their mental capabilities.
Your cameras and lenses are safe from dust, rain, snow, and the like only up to a point. To believe otherwise will only lead to some very expensive repairs if the gear can be repaired at all.
I have been in conditions that tested the limits of my own personal gear and it was pretty disconcerting. But because I acted quickly to clean and dry off my effected camera and lens it all worked out. I was crossing a stream in Shenandoah National park with some fellow photographers with my Pentax K20 camera body and zoom lens. I slipped on a rock in the water and fell into the muddy bank on the edge of the stream and the camera and lens were covered in thick mud. I was able to use the water from the stream and a towel to clean off the camera, dry off the water I used to get rid of the mud. It worked. It worked because I reacted in time and was able to put water on the water resistant camera and lens and then dry it off. I was lucky.
But for all of us it is important to remember that this gear whether it was my previous system, Pentax or my current system Fuji or your current system whatever it is, is not so resistant that it will keep out all of the nasty elements.
For this reason I implore you to read a little further understanding that your camera gear is not WATERPROOF and that the level of water resistance will vary from brand to brand and model to model.
This is why there are companies that make protective covers for your gear. These covers come in all sizes and are designed to be used either on a tripod or handheld. One of these companies are Len Coat
Another company is Storm Jacket. They are one of the longest running protection companies around.
There is a reason these products are out there for you. It is to give you the assurance that if you are caught in adverse elements that can damage your gear, the gear will be safe. I have used both of these products in some pretty severe conditions and they truly protect the gear better than anything else.
There are other covers on the market that look like clear plastic. They are okay in a drizzle but not a storm. Be smart and prepare for the worst.