Canon EOS 1n, 5D Mark II, and 7D Water Resistance

Reading various photography forums, you might believe that 90% of digital SLR toting photographers love to spend time shooting pictures in the rain. It seems to be one of those features people always claim to need. Additionally, whenever a manufacturer makes the claim of “water resistant”, the same people are quick to dismiss it as “weak” or “not good enough”.

I’ve seen rumored “specifications” thrown about. For example, some people perpetuate the rumor that a Canon EOS 5D Mark II can withstand 3, 5, 10, etc “inches of rain per hour”. Personally, I find that a very subjective measure (after all, what is rain? what size of rain drops are we talking?) and find it hard to believe that a company like Canon (or any company for that matter) would use such a gauge. It sounds like something a sales or marketing guy tossed out at a photo show once and has since perpetuated itself to become “fact”.

So in reading 5D Mark II and 7D marketing materials, they mention something to the effect of “weather and environmentally sealed like the Canon EOS 1n”. I have no idea what a Canon EOS 1n is. Film never did anything for me, so naturally, I never gave a crap about film bodies. I did find one “rumored specification” regarding the Canon 1n and the famed “rain per hour” though. It was on Photo.net in a Canon 1n review. The writer said that he heard the 1n could withstand “1/3 inch of rain per hour”. Now, that sounds more likely, although I’m still not believing in the whole “rain per hour” thing.

Digging a bit more, I found that the Canon EOS 3 was made with the same level of weather resistance as the Canon 1n. Since I couldn’t really find much about the 1n’s weather resistance, I wondered if I’d find anything about the Canon EOS 3. Although this is anecdotal, I did find this review of the Canon EOS 3. In it, here is what the author said in regard to weather sealing:

Weather Resistant Design • The body sports water and dust seals and is build to the same durability and sealing specs as the EOS 1N. For example, all buttons and dials use rubber gaskets to block out water droplets. The back door has a seal as well. Important electrical contacts are bipolar and gold plated. I’ve been caught in tropical downpours many times with my EOS 3 and A2. Not once did the EOS 3 jam or lockup. It just kept on tickin.’ The A2, in a similar downpour, ate it. Luckily it rose from the dead after drying out for a week! If you frequently shoot in wet or dusty conditions this camera should be able to take it. [emphasis mine]

Additionally, I found (at the Canon Camera Museum) that the Canon EOS 1v (the successor to the 1n and grandfather of the 1D digital bodies), was “required to be completely resistant to water, sand, and dust.” Completely resistant. Pretty strong words. Now, again, that was for the Canon EOS 1v, not the 1n, which is supposed to be the level of sealing for the 5D Mark II and 7D.

But I think its pretty safe to say that the 5D Mark II and 7D are undoubtedly “weather resistant”. Now, maybe you get caught in a flash tropical downpour (like the EOS 3 reviewer) or maybe its a light shower. Either way, I’m confident that the 7D (and the similarly sealed 5D Mark II) would be able to continue functioning.

Now, if you’re talking about standing out in a typhoon or hurricane, trying to get images of the eye of the storm, then that may not be the case and you should perhaps invest in a Canon EOS 1D or 1Ds body.

What I wonder is, all these people thinking they need “true” weather sealing and water resistance.. do you guys carry a raincoat with you where ever you go? Is the cell phone you carry equally water resistant?

Canon announces the EOS 500D T1i and the Speedlight 270EX

I heard this rumor a while back, but didnt think much about it seeing as how it would just be an update to the current Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. But given Nikon’s aggressive updates and product lifecycles.. it seems as though Canon is rising to the challenge. Canon’s current line up is as packed as Nikon’s.. something I thought would be confusing for the first-time DSLR buyer.. but as my Strategy professor said.. “if you don’t cannnibalize your own business, someone else will do it for you”.. Canon’s current line up looks like this:

Canon EOS XS
Canon EOS XSi
Canon EOS T1i
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

From the 50D and up.. the price differences are enough to justify each incremental model. But at the lower end of the product spectrum, you have a total of about $300 separating the Canon EOS XS from the Canon EOS 40D, not to mention the 2 model’s now sandwiched in between.

In any case, here’s the basic run down of the Canon EOS T1i:

15.1 megapixels
720p movie mode
Digic IV image processor
3.4 fps, 170 frame JPEG burst, or 9 RAW frames
3″ LCD 640×480 920k pixels
ISO 100-3200, with expansion to 6400 and 12,800
It uses SD/SDHC cards
Availability May 2009 @ ~$900 MSRP with kit lens

For a hands-on preview of the Canon EOS T1i, you can read about it at Imaging Resource.com or DP Review

Canon EOS 500D T1i

Canon EOS 500D T1i

The Canon Speedlight 270EX will be a compact flash unit that’ll handle focal lengths from 28mm to 50mm automatically (head zoom) and will be powered by 2 AA batteries.. it should be pretty compact (and cheap).

To pre-order your Canon EOS T1i or Canon Speedlight 270EX, go to Amazon:

Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Body Only)


Canon EOS 500D T1i body only

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens


Canon EOS 500D T1i with kit lens

Canon 1D Mark IIIN?

Just read this over at Crunchgear.com.. but someone had posted this image of a “Canon 1D Mark IIIN” showing up in their inventory system at work.. with PMA around the corner, I wouldn’t doubt it.. Canon needs to do something to the 1D quick to compete with Nikon’s latest offerings..

Commenters over at Crunchgear.com questioned the “4,240 Euro” price tag associated to the Canon 1D Mark IIIN in the pictured screen.. however, if I recall correctly, Canon doesnt seem to give Europeans the benefit of the Euro:USD exchange rate and quite often will suggest a selling price (MSRP) in Euros that is equal to the USD MSRP.. as evidenced here at DPReview.. the Canon 50D’s USD MSRP is $1,299 while the Euro MSRP is also 1,299.

So if we figure an approximate $4,299 USD MSRP for the Canon 1D Mark IIIN.. thats about right, considering the Canon 1D Mark III’s MSRP is/was $3,999 USD.

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2008 IDRC International Finals

It was pretty short notice.. it seemed like this year’s event was a little last-minute.. but it went OK nonetheless. Mike actually asked me to go just to check it out and snap some pics.. to be honest, I wasn’t all that excited. I told him if there was no drifting, then there’d be nothing to watch. He didn’t like that too much and bombarded me with a handful of insults. 😆

After checking out the schedule and since I’m relatively close to Cal/Auto Club Speedway, I figured I’ll check it out in the morning and get home in time to go to a friend’s kid’s birthday party. But I have to say, one big reason I decided to go was because DLo (AKA Eric Hsu) mentioned on his blog that he was going to be taking out the Beast AKA his XS Engineering Skyline R32 GT-R. I’ve seen the car in person many times, but never “mobile”. Plus, Mike and Wen said that they had contacted a handful (10-12) Skyline owners and that they’d come out for the “GT-R Shootout” at the event (it turned out to be a separate heads-up class, basically).

The event was actually much better than I had expected. There were lots of racers/racecars. I also have to hand it to the Honda drag racers who have kept at it. I saw Honda after Honda blast down the quarter mile running 9s and 10s. When I left Saturday morning, the cutoff for the Pro-Am FWD class was at 10.56 or something like that.. very impressive. I also saw a couple Hondas run 9.60s. But the highlight of my day was definitely seeing the R32-R35 Skylines line up and race down the track. One R35 (from Titek?) was running mid 11s and one that looked stock ran a 12.0 while I was there. Wen’s R33 that made 870+ WHP only managed a 12.1 (while I was there) but he figured he had broken something in the driveline, which is why the car was trying to drive itself into the wall. I heard Eric Hsu ended up qualifying Sunday and won the GT-R Shootout with a 10.40 pass.. not bad.

So anyway, here’s some of the images I took in the 2 hours that I was there.. look for full media coverage in an upcoming issue of DSPORT Magazine or on their website, http://www.dsportmag.com

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Wen’s HKS turbo.. don’t ask me what size it is, but I’m guessing its a T51R

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Hubie Fuh’s 10 second Mini Cooper S.. how about them gypsies, huh Hubie?

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An orange Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R

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TiTek Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R running mid 11s

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Speedline Racing & DSPORT’s Wen Lai and his Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R

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A random 10 second Honda Civic with about 1,100 more feet to go..

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A 9? second Scion tC.. who knew it existed? Not me.. but very impressive

All images were shot with my Canon EOS 40D and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. Can you tell I’m trying to be more creative in my cropping? 🙂

At Last: Canon EOS 40D Shutter Count Retrieval! (Works on 40D, 50D, 450D, and 1000D)

At the time of this writing, this program should work on all DIGIC III and IV cameras EXCEPT for the 1D and 1Ds. The author, Astrojargon, believes it should work on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but until someone actually receives one or tests this program, we wont know for sure.

Reading his FAQ #7, he says that most people believe this number to be correct. Well, you can add me to that list as well. My last image (a picture of Rhys Millen standing on the podium aftering winning $25,000 from his 1st place victory at the Red Bull Drifting World Championship) was numbered 9612. Astrojargon’s “40D Shutter Count Version 2” reported 9613. Its off by one, but he mentions that if you actuate the shutter without a CF card, then the IMG_XXXX would not incremement, obviously. This, I can confirm, is my case (I left the house once without a CF card and tried to take a picture before realizing I didn’t have a CF card in the camera).

So.. at last, a real way to obtain a shutter count on a Canon EOS 40D (or 50D or 450D or 1000D).

Anyway, enough BS.. you can find his program here:

40D Shutter Count

Thanks, Astrojargon!