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Waterproof cameras


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Waterproof cameras

6 Aug 2008 10:18AM   Views : 335 Unique : 281

I was playing around with a Pentax W60 the other day. It, like all waterproof cameras is great for the beach as sand and sea will not get into the camera so you can take pictures, It's also great for good old British weather where it pees it down regularly. So fine you can use it when it's wet.

But it got me wondering, as I wiped the rain drops of between shots, how long does it take to scratch the glass/plastic protection over the lens? Because in the rain I was subject to I had to clean the lens after every shot. It wasn't long before my lens cloth was wetter than the lens. So out came the dry corner of the t-shirt, at some point it has to scratch...anyone got any experience of this?

Tags: Weather Wet Waterproof camera Scratch lens


Geoffphoto 11 13.5k United Kingdom
6 Aug 2008 1:06PM
Hi Pete - sorry to have missed you while you were in Cornwall last week, but sadly I was busy ( in all that bloody rain ), Did you have a good time testing the camera on the beach and how did the surfing go ?? I always seem to have the rain on the lens problem these days and the answer is a dry tea towel, spare cheap daylight filters that can be swapped quickly and a roll of kitchen paper ( the really good quilted stuff) kept in the car to wipe down everything afterwards . Never had a problem with scratches just with condensation - cold rainy day - warm car/venue , now that is a nightmare and I would love to know how that can be prevented ! And did you get a decent pasty ?? Smile

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Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
6 Aug 2008 4:03PM
No probs Geoff, I sampled a Pasty, Cornish cream tea and ice cream. Also had some local fish and got wet...a lot!!! I managed to stand up on the surf board once! Photographed lots of quoits, stones, tin mines etc.
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
1 Sep 2008 11:03PM
Although I'm often out in the rain, raindrops on the lens has never been a real problem. 95% of the time the lens is pointing down, while the other 5% it is protected for the most part by the lens hood!
Now wether a compact designed for use in the water has a lens hood I don't know, but that's my take on the problem! Wink


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