Would a Canon EOS Rebel T2i Camera be appropriate for use in Alaska? I'm buying my first dslr camera and have found accusations regarding the Rebel T2i's susceptability to water damage. Others have indicated the higher priced Cannon's have better weatherproofing. Has anyone any input in use of the T2i's use in wet, damp conditions? Thanks
No DSLRs are waterproof but, yes, Canon does add varying levels of weather-sealing to their DSLRs starting with the 60D. Weather-sealing, however, only goes so far. I suspect the biggest cause of water damage to DLSRs is from condensation when taking the camera from a cold environment to warm, humid one. You can put the odds in your favor by sealing the camera in a plastic bag in a cold place before taking it into a warm, humid one and then giving the camera some time to warm up. Heavy rain can also be an issue with any amount of weather-sealing, even if you complete the camera's seal by using a weather-sealed lens (Canon L lenses are typically weather-sealed). I would always recommend some sort of additional protection in rain.
Thanks. Sealing it in a plastic bag before going from a cold place to a hot, humid one sounds good, I'll certainly give it a try. I was concerned about water or moisture damage when taking photos on whale watching tour boats given the strong likelyhood of rain, boat spray, humidity, etc. Does Cannon or anyone else sell anything to help prevent moiusture/water damage to dslr's?
Happy to help. There are various types of products ranging from completely water-tight enclosures made for diving to "raincoats". I'm afraid I can't recommend a specific product but one of these should help. I might also consider putting your camera gear on your homeowners insurance policy just in case.