Watertight setup for lanscapes in the rain

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by norman shearer, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. norman shearer

    norman shearer SC Veteran

    Just bought a Canon EOS 1N HS off Ebay with a view to having a camera suitable for landscapes in bad weather. Trouble is I have no EOS lenses left. I have C/Y, OM and M42 adapters for EOS but am guessing any legacy glass I put on this camera will be a weak point when it comes to shooting in the rain? Would I be right in thinking I'd need a Canon L lens for a watertight system? If so, what would you go for. I don't want to spend too much.

    On a different note, what b&w film would you use? It needs to be C41 process so I can just stick it in Asda for developing..
     
  2. Luckypenguin

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    Dec 24, 2010
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    I can't think of any non-L lenses that are weathersealed. The lenses I would choose for landscapes would be the 24-105 f4L IS or the 17-40 f4L. These are both more reasonably priced than their f2.8 equivalents and are excellent lenses in their own right, and are relatively new designs. There are some older L-series lenses dating back to the late eighties and early nineties but I don't know much about them. If I recall correctly the 17-40mm isn't fully weathersealed as it is. I think it needs a filter attached to seal the front element of the lens which moves slightly in and out when zooming. The 24-105 is a fully weathersealed lens. Neither of the two are particularly cheap lenses, although the 17-40 should be a couple of hundred dollars less. I don't know what focal length range you were considering but the two lenses cover what I would consider to be a good range for landscapes.
     
  3. norman shearer

    norman shearer SC Veteran

    The 17-40L was my first thought too then I read about those that had it and moved to primes in order to get better corner performance etc. Yet so many great landscapes are done with the 2 lenses you mention. I suppose many give too much credence to MTF tables etc when really they should be more concerned about technique and timing. I did have the 24-70 F2.8L MKII but at the time I lacked the skills to get the best from it and sold it on. I think I'll monitor E-bay for a while and see if I can get a 17-40L on the cheap - in the meantime I can get acquainted with the camera using wide legacy primes. Thanks Nic
     
  4. Luckypenguin

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    Dec 24, 2010
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    Looking at the charts in my EF Lens Work book, the 14, 24, and 35mm L-series prime do appear to offer better full-frame corner sharpness (when stopped down) than the 17-40 and 24-105, but if there is one thing that makes L-series zooms look well priced it is L-series primes :eek:
     
  5. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    How about just using camera rain gear? Get whatever lens you like and then use rain gear.
     
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  6. norman shearer

    norman shearer SC Veteran

    I know. Great fast primes but hard to justify that kinda money..

    True up to a point but with it being an EOS body I should get a decent EOS lens to take advantage of autofocus. Got me thinking now though. I have several large fishing umbrellas that might be useful on wet days..
     
  7. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Minor detail on 17-40L: it requires a filter to be in place to complete the weather seal. No big deal; you may have decided to use one in any case.
     
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  8. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    You're right you still need the lens.. but not having to pay for a really expensive L lens because you have good rain gear might help to begin with. If you like what you are doing you can always upgrade. And umbrellas.. I think of those big dome shapes ones you can get clear plastic so you still have the same light. Or a raincoat for your camera and lens.
     
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