I estimate that over 90% of my photos are taken indoors, so I don’t give much thought to how my cameras would perform in torrential rain. I’m in the minority with my lack of concern in this area, apparently, as I frequently see photographers expressing concern when a new camera is announced that doesn’t have waterproofing.
I can understand someone not bringing their camera outside in a downpour, but I’ve never understood why some shooters protect their gear too much. Also, I’ve seen photographers remove a lens cap, take a photo, and immediately replace the lens cap. I recently made a video about the absurdity of Leica photographers leaving a strip of plastic on the bottom of their camera to protect a metal base plate. You may have seen companies offering kevlar-style covers, which you can house your camera in for protection. I argue that when you protect your camera so much that it still looks brand new when you’re looking to sell it, the only thing you’ve done is make sure the next owner of the camera gets a good deal on his second-hand camera purchase. I take pride in every nick, scratch, and abrasion on my cameras, as these battle scars are a testament to my actual use of my tools.
Photographer Reggie Ballesteros recently found himself tasked with photographing a wedding where he had no choice but to use his camera in the rain. He details the experience in a vlog-style video that recounts his experience using the Fujifilm X-T3, XF 18mm 1.4 WR and XF 50mm 1.0 WR in the rain for three hours straight. For the vlog, Reggie uses a shoulder-mounted video camera that gives the viewer a first-person perspective of what Reggie sees as he shoots, and it’s a great perspective from which to watch a photographer direct subjects and create images. I won’t spoil your viewing experience by telling you how it all goes, but I will say that I appreciated that the video depicted a real situation faced by a professional photographer rather than some sort of lab test . This incident is also a reminder of the importance of having backup gear with you when shooting professionally, so if you have to risk shooting in the rain, you can do all the rain shooting on a body and save the second body. to be used in case of failure of the first body.