Playing The Long Game: Outdoor Photography With Telezooms

Looking after a lens after a down pour

sherlob Avatar
sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2019 9:46PM
Ok, so I was out this PM with my Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 S. The heavens opened and both I and the camera got a bit of a dousing. I use neoprene camo cover on the lens and every thing is working fine - as you'd expect with a lens (and camera) that has a degree of weather sealing. However, other than striping the damp neoprene off the lens to allow it to dry, I am wondering if I need to do anything else to help keep the lens in tip-top condition?

Any tips welcomed?

Tianshi_angie Avatar
3 Mar 2019 9:59PM
Bag of rice to absorb any non-evident moisture?
sherlob Avatar
sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2019 10:24PM
Yeah I considered that Angie, I don't have any. I'd need a 5kg bag I reckon for a lens this size!

I did consider a container with some slica gel too - but I don't seem to have any of that either.

Like I say I'm not too worried as everything is working ok and the lens has weather sealing. I'd sooner be safe than sorry...
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Toobi_Won 12 77 8 England
3 Mar 2019 11:57PM
You could try a smaller amount of rice, Adam, placed in a cloth with lens in a zip locked bag. Leave in a warm place and any evaporation from the lens will be absorbed by the rice.
I have neoprene covers on my 70 - 200 and 20 - 500 and both have been caught out in the rain several times without problem. I just removed the neoprene, dabbed the lens dry with a microfiber cloth and left the lens in a warm, ventilated place.
Th only problem I have ever had with rain was mild corrosion on my SB910 flash's hot shoe contacts, after putting it away damp. I wiped the flash body but overlooked the contacts.
sherlob Avatar
sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 7:51AM
Thanks for the tip
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peterjones 21 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 2:30PM
Mine go into my airing cupboard overnight after any degree of damp removing any camo covers, lens caps and protective filters.
JimL Avatar
JimL 16 367 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 3:23PM
Hair drier!
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
4 Mar 2019 5:51PM

Quote:Hair drier!

Fergie's no longer blow-drying hair at Man U.Wink
Tianshi_angie Avatar
4 Mar 2019 9:38PM
I have had warnings in the past about putting something which may be damp into a warm environment as this can cause mould to grow, probably better to put it somewhere that is dark but airy.
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User_Removed 18 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2019 8:11AM
You can get a big bag of Silica Gel, it's used as Cat Litter and I got mine from Pet's at Home, useful to have in the house.
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sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2019 12:27PM
Merl - your user name indicates you as been particularly suited to comment Wink. Thank you.


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