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I'm planning on carrying my Canon 7D with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens to an event but have to walk through some light rain (~15mins). Will the camera and lens be fine?

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How resistant? To good looking women or ? –  dpollitt Dec 15 '11 at 21:34
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The Canon 7D has quite nice weather sealing - "Canon considers the weather resistance of the EOS 7D to be slightly better than the EOS 5D Mark II and 50D cameras, but not as robust as the EOS-1D series." (Chuck Westfall, Canon USA)

What this basically means is that you can not worry about shooting in rain. I wouldn't take it swimming, but you might be able to get away with a dunk in a pool.

The 50mm f/1.8 on the other hand, has essentially no weather sealing. It is almost all plastic, and has no seals or gaskets to keep water out. In my personal opinion, it is such an inexpensive lens, I wouldn't worry about it much. I wouldn't want water to enter into the lens, then into the body of the camera though, so don't get it too wet. This lens is not "resistant" at all. It is more like a sponge :)

So to sum up, unless you are really worried about the very inexpensive lens, I would just shoot away as normal. If you are really worried, I would either upgrade to a weather sealed lens(and filter if necessary) or do what I do when shooting without a weather sealed kit - just leave it under my jacket until I take a shot, then wipe it off a bit before putting it back away.

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You could also but the body cap on the camera and the lens in your pocket during the 15 minutes you are walking through the rain to get to the event. Just be sure the body cap is tight. –  Michael Clark Nov 23 '13 at 17:43
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7d's weather sealing is as good as the lens attached to it. 50mm f/1.8 is not weather sealed. 7d has been known to resist mild water splashes, however there is no empirical data to support that claim. This question digs a bit deeper into the weather resistance of 7d.

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Why expose the camera until it needs to be used.

Even at point of use IF circumstances and disregard for the social norms of reasonable appearance allow, you can mount a hands free umbrella above you and camera. Works well for me. (Photo some time maybe :-) ).

A plastic bag on camera straps that folds down over camera and can be flipped completely clear when desired can give you rain proofness to within seconds of shooting.

Tuck inside raincoat, button over. Access in seconds.

Some make camera mounted mini-umbrellas but most are not brave enough to use them. completely

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Not sure how this answers the question "how weather resistant..." –  dpollitt Dec 16 '11 at 2:52
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@dpollitt - Indeed, lateral thinking isn't for everyone :-). –  Russell McMahon Dec 20 '11 at 14:00
    
Nice jab, but the stack exchange format doesn't lend itself well to providing "lateral" answers. This answer would fit under a question around "how to protect a non weather sealed camera", not this one. –  dpollitt Dec 20 '11 at 16:40
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I know you asked about the 1.8, but I have 50mm f/1.4 with the 7D, and I HAVE shot in light rain with it, and it's been fine. Though by that I mean it did get raindrops on it but I was careful not to expose it too much to the elements. The 1.4 and 1.8 fifty's are not weather sealed like the 7D is!

That said I would recommend a UV filter on the front of the lens. This helps prevent any water from entering through the front of the lens, and is an inexpensive way to protect the front of your glass anyway.

DISCLAIMER, just because it was fine for me don't take as gospel that it will be fine for you. Judge the conditions, take care with your kit, and don't let the lens get too wet. Wipe with a dry cloth immediately after use.

Good luck!

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How about a clear plastic bag with a hole in it? Simple and effective but perhaps not very professional looking!

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