Dustproof, waterproof Nikon Nikkor lenses

Nikon Nikkor Protected Lenses

Pictured Christer Dahlin and him Nikon D2X (source)

Does Nikon have lenses for digital SLR cameras with dust and moisture protection?

The answer is no. In general, there are no such lenses. There are only myths, assurances, inaccurate or partial information on official sites about the reliability of Nikon Nikkor lenses. Some lenses can only protect individual components or elements (described below). There are still prejudices about the rubber seal near the lens mount (described below).

It is good that Nikon more or less clearly indicates the level of protection for its cameras. True, if you use an unprotected lens on a protected camera, you will end up with an unprotected set as well.

What really?

In fact, Nikon has a list (lists for different countries) of professional lenses that are serviced Nikon Professional Services (NPS). Theoretically, lenses from NPS should have a higher level of protection, but again, nothing is specifically indicated about this anywhere. The list of professional lenses on the Russian site can be viewed at this link (And backup screen) And the mistakes in marking the lenses there are a dime a dozen (which is only worth the AF-S DX Fish-Eye Nikkor 10.5mm f / 2.8G IF).

If you conduct a small investigation, you can make sure that the information about dust and moisture protection (all weather protection) are being manipulated.

For example, let's take one of the newest and TOP professional lenses -  Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 600mm 1: 4E FLED VR, priced in excess of $ 12.000. In his instructions (see instructions) there is no information about the overall security of the lens, but there is only a note 'Do not expose the product to water or handle with wet hands. Failure to observe this precaution could result in fire or electric shock. ' ('Do not expose the product to water or handle it with wet hands. Failure to do so may result in fire or electric shock.').

But not all bad, fluorinated coating of the front protective lens Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 600mm 1: 4E FLED VR, however, makes it easy to protect the lens (front protective lens only) from water, dust and dirt. Front lens protection indicated in the instructionsbut the front lens is not the whole lens.

The official global website nikon.com provides reliable information on protecting only the front lens (see lens description link, backup screen). At the same time, the following information is already available on the official Russian-language website: 'Lightweight, durable and reliable the lens case is equipped with professional protection against dust and moisture. ' (see link, backup screen).

Not so bad (addition from comments)

Not everything is so bad, on official sites there is still information about the protection of some lenses. Basically, these are super telephoto lenses.

For these lenses, the following is indicated:

  • Engineered to Nikon professional D-SLR standards to effectively resist dust and moisture
  • Lightweight magnesium die-cast barrel with dust and moisture resistance, it's ideal for photographers in the field shooting motor sports, outdoor athletes, wildlife and much more.

But still, if you open the instructions for these lenses, then there is a question of protection is silent.

Rubber lens mount seal

Some modern lenses have a special rubber-seal, which improves the protection of the lens from dust and dirt. For example, such a seal is available on my lens Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM:

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM rubber mount lens mount seal

Rubber lens mount seal Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM

This seal is often referred to as the lens 'spacer' or 'skirt'. It can be removed very easily from the lens, but putting it back is much more difficult.

Such a sealant have only some lenses 'G' type и 'E' type (including 'PC-E '). Lenses that have a diaphragm control ring ('NON-G' lenses) do not have a seal, since the rotating aperture ring is the mating point between the lens and the camera.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM Rubber Lens Mount

Rubber lens mount seal Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM

In the instructions for lenses with such a seal, there is no useful information that would give data about the level of protection of the lens. Everything you can find there comes down to this information:

If the lens mount rubber seal is damaged, have it repaired by a Nikon-authorized service center or service center. (and in the Russian version of the manual instead of 'Nikon' it is written 'NiCon', page 55, see for yourself link).

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM Rubber Lens Mount

Rubber lens mount seal Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM

Sometimes you can find information that lenses with a rubber lens mount seal are dustproof or waterproof. In fact, this seal does not make the lens truly protected, it simply improves (tightens) the interface between the lens mount and the camera mount, making it more difficult for dust to enter. Judging by the dirty seal of my lens, it is possible and prevents part of the dust from entering the gaps between the lens and the camera. In my reviews of Nikon Nikkor lenses that have such a seal, I simply indicate its presence and write about basic (but not full) dust protection.

My experience with Nikon Nikkor lenses shows that the presence of such a seal is practically invisible in practice. If I didn't know about its existence, the amount of dust and dirt, most likely, would not have changed. I was wondering - maybe in at least one manual, at least for one lens, there is a mention of its security, so I shoveled a ton of them, which allowed me to compile an accurate list of all Nikon Nikkor lenses that have a lens mount seal.

Fix lenses of the Nikon DX series that have a rubber lens mount seal (exact and complete list, revision of the list dated 27.07.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX)

Zoom lenses of the Nikon DX series, which have a rubber lens mount seal (accurate and complete list, revision of the list of 27.07.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX)

Fix lenses of the Nikon FX series, which have a rubber lens mount seal (exact and complete list, revision of the list on 19.10.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX)

Zoom lenses of the Nikon FX series, which have a rubber lens mount seal (exact and complete list, revision of the list dated 19.10.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX)

Most of these lenses have the line “Dust and Waterproof rubber sealing mount” in their descriptions, but this only means that the lens mount is protected, but not the entire lens as a whole.

What other protection do Nikon lenses have?

Nikon does not have an abbreviation for lens protection. The only indicator directly related to protection is fluorine coat (fluorine coating). True, the first lens with such a coating was announced recently - in the summer of 2014, and the lenses themselves with such protection are very expensive, and their variety is very small.

Sign of fluorite enlightenment

Sign of fluoride enlightenment (coating)

The exact list of lenses with a protective fluorine coating on the front lens:

If you move away from lenses for SLR cameras, then for mirrorless cameras you can find waterproof, frost-resistant, shock-resistant and at the same time dustproof lenses Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm 1: 3.5-5.6 ED Aspherical и Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm 1: 2.8.

What to do?

Accept the situation. Despite the fact that there is no exact data on the security of Nikon Nikkor lenses for SLR cameras, most (and maybe all) TOP professional lenses made very high quality and will be able to endure very serious tests.

My experience

I don’t shoot in extreme conditions, in which I have to go through the wet jungle for days on end in search of an interesting shot, and I do not shoot in extreme desert temperatures. In our latitudes, only severe frost can damage equipment. I stopped looking for some Nikon protected lenses a long time ago. Ordinary professional, or simply high-quality Nikkory tolerate extreme conditions very well, and the fact that they don’t have any kind of golden or red mark that indicates security does not make them any worse. Of course, I am sorry that the policy of this issue is covered at times worse than that of Canon.


  • The instructions for Nikon lenses provide only clear indications of the security of the front or rear lens, as well as the protection of the mount points of the mount from dust and dirt. Information about the protection from dust and dirt of other parts of the housing can be found only on official websites and brochures and only for a small number of lenses.
  • Some professional Nikon modern lenses have an increased build quality to protect against external influences and very well tolerate stressful situations in the rain, moisture, dust, mud and other troubles. There are legends on the network that official technical support indicates in personal correspondence some lens models that have a certain level of general security. A general list of such lenses can be found on the Nikon NPS service pages.
  • Rubber lens mount seal - just a nice little thing in the lens design. Unfortunately, it does not fully protect the lens. The role of this seal is more mythical than practical.

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Comments: 81, on the topic: Dustproof, waterproof Nikon Nikkor lenses

  • Jury

    Thank you Arkady! Happy New Year!

  • Dmitry K

    or maybe this company is canon's cunning? They assure that there is protection, but to what extent? rain? downpour? dipping for 1 second? for 10 seconds? soaking for half an hour? Where is the instruction in the Canon instruction? Here, as in the production of drugs - if you cannot prove the effect - do not declare it. You bought a lens with weather protection, what does it mean? what if it gets jammed in the rain and the electronics burns out, will it be serviced under warranty? so it is written in the warranty card, and not the instructions. Not served? So what assurances of protection can I have if they do not serve such a case? Here you have to think not about the declared protection, but about the warranty cases. If the warranty covers dust in glass, then forward into sandstorms. No? well and neh to climb where it is not necessary. And the manufacturer's assurances of security without a guarantee of repair or replacement are just words.

    • anonym

      Dmitry, well, where is Kenon? you still Olympus and Pentax drag.
      Everything is simple. About eleven years ago, the lenses were made in approximately the same way; Nikon and Sigma and Kenon and even a tamron used a roughly similar design. 5-7 years ago, Kenon began to use a modular lens design, which required a change in production but had many advantages:
      - it was possible to physically adjust the lens with special screws without complete disassembly
      - the front lens did not affect the alignment
      - the repair involved the replacement of modules
      Using this design makes it easy to apply additional degrees of dust and moisture protection at any stage.
      Both Tamron and Sigma in the latest developments (2-3 years ago) began to copy design elements from Kenon, abandoning the old design that Nikon still adheres to.
      Those. of course, you can use two units instead of one fluorite, you can get a picture no worse, but with a service problem. In a matter of hours, the Kenon lens can be checked and adjusted, and the defective unit replaced and replaced. Nikon often requires complete disassembly (time and money!), You can make corrections to the chip, but physically aligning the lens unit is difficult and very time-consuming, there are no two glass alignment screws, etc.
      The network has detailed photos of the disassembly of glass Nikon and Kenon. The level of protection there is not comparable not in favor of Nikon. Tamron began to make glass very well (copying the developments of Kenon), Sigma has not yet reached the dust-moisture protection.

      About the warranty. Seals and other protection is a material that wears out and the degree of wear depends on the environment and service life. Therefore, it is absolutely logical that no one guarantees anything to you. Dust and moisture protection on ALL lenses and all carcasses of ANY brand is an additional option that the manufacturer gives you. It can (!) Save valuable iron from adverse external conditions. And of course it is always better when there is such an option in the lens / carcass than when it is not))))

      • Arkady Shapoval

        As an administrator: "Anonymous on 01.01.2016/03/21 at XNUMX:XNUMX", in this case, it's Alexey :)

        • Dmitry K

          it can be seen without clarification

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    • Alexander

      ... one hundred thousand poods !!! - I agree with you !!!

    • Dim

      I will support Dmitry K. A few years ago, the protected Fuji camera was drowned. Then I realized that you will not use the guarantee. It is impossible to prove that the conditions were not used outrageously and that it was not I who killed him. After that, I decided not to mess with such a technique

  • Alexey

    take and compare how lenses are made in reality
    Kenon 16-35 / 4
    “Here's the first mildly pleasant surprise. I'm no big fan of “weather resistance” because it's 80% marketing hype and 20% reality. But the rear bayonet came off only with a bit of a tug, because it has a really thick, soft rubber water weal between it and the rear barrel (red line). Keeping on with the weather resistant theme, the rear barrel cover, which comes off next, has a nice, deep seal with a rubber gasket (red line) where it mounts into the main barrel. ”
    “If you notice, the zoom ring has a ridged pattern, which is something we've not seen before. If you didn't notice, well, here's a closer view. ”
    “Turns out the slots are there for a purpose. The ring doesn't pop off, as Aaron is ably demonstrating in the above image. Rather, it turns 45 degrees and comes right off because instead of little plastic pop-in pegs (which break a lot), it has a full bayonet-like mount, which holds it very snugly around the front element. It also has a thick rubber foam gasket (red line). It can't be quite weather proof because the front element slides up and down within the barrel (the reason this lens needs a filter to be weather sealed), but it certainly must help. ”

  • Alexey

    or another example, the new Kenon 35mm Mk2
    Underneath that the ring is completely sealed in tough tape, covering all the holes (you'd be amazed how many supposedly 'weather resistant' lenses have huge gaping holes under the rubber).
    I'm sure you can tell we're impressed with the Canon 35mm f / 1.4 Mk II. The weather resistance appears better than most weather resistant lenses. (As always, I'll add that weather resistance still means water damage voids the warranty.) The mechanical construction is beyond impressive. This lens is massively over-engineered compared to any other prime we've ever disassembled. It's built like a tank where it counts; on the inside. Moving parts are huge and robust. Six big screws are used in locations where 3 smalls screws are common in other lenses. Heavy roller bearings move the focusing group, it doesn't slide on little nylon collars.
    It's also designed thoughtfully and logically. Things that will inevitably get damaged on any lens, like the front element and filter ring, are designed to be replaced easily. There are some things inside, particularly with the tensioning screws and springs, that I'm not certain I understand the purpose of, but I am certain there is a purpose. If I had to summarize the mechanical design of this lens, I would say simply that no expense was spared, no corner was cut.
    Sometimes things are expensive because they're worth it. Sometimes they're heavy because they're so solidly constructed. This is one of those times.

    Nikon lags behind in lens design and technologies used in lenses not only from Kenon, but even from Tamron and Sigma. Alas. And once he was a leader ...

  • Alexey

    short excerpts - opinions of engineers about disassembling / repairing lenses
    “The Nikon ultrasonic motor is the next disassembly step. Unlike the Canon lens it doesn't come off as a unit - it has to be disassembled piece by piece. Underneath it there is a soldered wiring harness so complete disassembly involves desoldering some wiring, too. That's a time consuming process that we're not going to go through for a demo. ”
    “Once it's PCB is removed, the Tamron shows some traits similar to both the Nikon and the Canon lenses. It doesn't come apart modularly like a Canon, but it is a bit more organized inside than the Nikon. The Tamron isn't quite as modular as the Canon, but the USM assembly does come off easily as a unit ”
    “Most lenses (including most Nikon and Sigma) use shimming to adjust most of the optical elements. Canon lenses tend, instead, to have helical collars on the lens elements. Rotating the collars tilts the element forward or backwards. "
    “Both the Tamron and Nikon lenses use shims to space the front element. The Canon does not. "
    Lens Design Summary
    “Since we're doing this to show internal differences, I should start with some generalizations. The Canon 24-70 f / 2.8 II is typical of most newer (last 5-6 years) Canon designs. The Nikon 24-70 is quite typical of a Nikon lens, which haven't changed very much in the last decade. Sony lenses tend to be very much like Nikon lenses. Sigma and Tamron lenses used to be much like Nikons, too, but recently are morphing and taking on some of the characteristics of Canon lenses. ”

    • jurij

      Überzetzen, bitte

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  • anonym

    I don’t think Nikon is manipulating the terms. On the contrary, everything is honest and objective. Want to swim, quit underwater boxing.
    In general, a strange article for the new year.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I did not write that it was Nikon manipulating it specifically. In the article, nevertheless, I gave the fact about different information about lens protection on different "official" Nikon sites.

  • Lynx

    yeah, modern mirrorless cameras with their electronic control rings, with protected lenses are much better.

    At Olympus - PRO-series of 2 fixes and 2 zooms is indicated with "Case with protection from dust, splashes and low temperatures, corresponding to professional standards"

    Fujica has a series of XF-WR - “dust-splash-proof zoom lenses”. True, there are only 3 lenses in it, but a number of conventional lenses also have the description “weatherproof”, for example, FUJINON XF16mm F1.4 R WR:
    “Weather and dust protection
    The weather-resistant housing has 9 seals at 8 points on the lens barrel. This helps protect the lens from unexpected rain, dust and splash water. ”

    • Lynx

      Although, it is worth noting that the cost of ANY lens for mirrorless fuji is in the border of 23-60 thousand rubles, and most - 30-45 thousand, which is a little less than ... a lot. Even on the secondary housing, their price is very, very biting.
      at Olympus, on the whole, the technique is more accessible, most of the lenses, even the average “premium” series, lie in the range of 17-30 thousand (and falls more on the secondary), and only the pro-series easily breaks through the ceiling of 50 thousand and ends at 90 (OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM 1: 2.8 PRO WITH CONVERTER MC-14, although it should be noted that in fact it is Nikon's 80-300 / 2,8 and even complete with a converter up to 224-840 / 4 which is kind of very very fat)

  • Peter Sh.

    Gad Nikon, pooh on him.
    Fool people with their rubber bands.

  • Denis

    "Gods" are taking apart Japanese developments))

  • anonym

    Arkady, add 85 1.8G to the list of gum owners.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed Accidentally deleted it.

  • Dmitry K

    As a consumer, I don't really care about how a lens is made. From modules - OK, bolted - approx. I am interested in the end functionality, quality, serviceability and price. At the legislative level, the protection of Nikon from Canon does not differ one iota due to the lack of special standards for dust and moisture protection. Take vacuum cleaners - it is clearly stated that 100% of macroparticles (more than 1 mm) and 99,6% of microparticles are retained (HEPA12 standard, there are more sophisticated standards, but mine is like that). If the vacuum cleaner does not confirm the specification during the check, it can be returned, exchanged, repaired, and refunded. And the glass? There are no security standards. There are assurances from manufacturers that the quality meets professional requirements (which ones? Everyone has different requirements) nothing else is written there. Now, if they write there that the lens will withstand a fall from 1 meter onto the asphalt, withstand immersion in water for 10 seconds and burying in sand, then all questions will be immediately removed - there is protection. They do not write like that, they say that they will be dragged through the courts.
    As a result. You need either a protection standard (you can come up with different classes - from the initial to the tank level) or you need some statistics on lens drying and the speed of their service and the percentage of recognition of the case as a warranty. The latter has already been invented by the consumers themselves, since the producers will not agree to the recognition of protection (this is not profitable). There are all sorts of sites with ratings of lens reliability. Can you believe them, I xs. BUT, on average in the hospital, red-striped lenses are better for the rich, and in the line of available ones, Nikon rules. But everyone already guessed about it. And the proud phrase about dust and moisture protection is nothing more than marketing, because it does not guarantee ANYTHING to you personally.
    PS I bought a cassette player as a child. The instructions proudly read “Congratulations on your purchase of a wonderful multifunctional music listening device.” He only knew how to play music and rewind the tape, plus he had a radio (multifunctional, cho) and died for 3 days (nothing more remarkable). Therefore, stop already believing everything without official confirmation.

    • Alexey

      “I am interested in the end functionality, quality, serviceability and price. "
      the term of stay of the lens in the kenon service is 2-5 days, for the nikon - 2-4 weeks. with the same malfunction and with the availability of spare parts.

      "At the legislative level, the protection of Nikon from Canon does not differ one iota due to the lack of special standards for dust and moisture protection."
      there are no standards for either ISO or housing reliability for impact loads, etc.
      therefore, the Nikon in the D600 and D610 uses thin plastic as a mount under the bayonet mount :) which the same kenon does not do in principle, even in 6D. )))
      it is impossible to standardize everything and include it in the guarantee. )))

      “If the vacuum cleaner does not confirm the specification during the check, it can be returned, exchanged, repaired, and refunded. "
      Really? how much will you pay for the test? who will do it and where? Well, there was a standard for the emissions of diesel engines of the "German car" - so it turned out that the exhaust (content of harmful substances) was simply adjusted by the program during the test :))) and that was for many years.

      “As a result. You need either a protection standard (you can come up with different classes - from the initial to the tank level) or you need some statistics on lens drying and the speed of their service and the percentage of recognition of the case as a guarantee. "
      needed. consumers. manufacturers - not needed. they are definitely not interested in the opinion of Runet, this is less than 2% of sales :) and the pros usually buy an additional guarantee (deducted from taxes) that covers almost everything, even if you dropped your equipment in the sea or just broke it.

      “We need some statistics on lens drying and the speed of their maintenance and the percentage of recognition of the case as a guarantee. The latter has already been invented by the consumers themselves, since the producers will not agree to the recognition of protection (this is not profitable). There are all sorts of sites with ratings of lens reliability. Is it possible to believe them, I xs. "
      as a rule, 2-3 years after the release on the forums, everything is already known about the lens. its pros and cons, reliability and problems. Ratings are generally useless, because it is impossible to level out how much the lens really worked in the selection. Lensrental gives good statistics, they have a sample and the load is approximately the same.

      "And the proud phrase about dust and moisture protection is nothing more than marketing, because it does not guarantee ANYTHING to you personally."
      of course, it guarantees at least - that there are additional elements in the lens, see above - which completely improve moisture and dust protection. how and how - see the design of the lens you are interested in. in nikon it is one elastic band, in kenon it is a whole system of seals at different levels. have you read the opinion of the engineer above? ))) you are shown in the photo, quite officially (!), which means "dusty moisture" protection. you can touch it with your hands, it really is, for example, in a kenon. I think that olik also has :)

      yes, it would be better if you had a standard :) you would argue that ХХХ mm of rain with KKKK acidity fell on the lens and these drops were on the UUUU lens for minutes, which certainly should comply with the protection standard. or that sea spray on a lens with XXX salinity was removed in time from the lens and the salt did not have time to start destroying the rubber, and that it is generally necessary to separately protect against dry dust, sea sand, sea water, ocean water, fresh water, rain, etc. . ))))

      • Dmitry K

        ugh on you

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Alexey gave very interesting quotes from lens rentals, it would be very great if he translated them for the wider public of our countries.

          • Dmitry K

            in the first paragraph it says that weather protection is 80% marketing and 20% real buns. Alexey did not answer anything intelligible when asked about the specifications and protection standards, but once again he screwed his favorite about plastic on the d610 bayonet and the wonderful 6d (we are actually talking about glasses today). My opinion has not changed - he is a balabol and a kenonboy. I'm not trying to shield nikon here, I'm just saying that not a single manufacturer of nichrome guarantees you in reality. That's all.

            • Alexey

              Dmitry K, are you tired of lying? stick labels? it’s clear that you are working with the troll but at least fantasize with a twinkle)))) yes, I like it when the lens has seals such as kenon, Olympus. don't you agree This is your own business. Now we will analyze your fantasies

              “But once again I screwed my favorite about plastic on the d610 mount and the wonderful 6d”
              rave. this is an example of the fact that it is impossible to standardize everything. read carefully and have a snack))))

              "We're actually talking about glasses today"
              there about lenses on a printed page! )))))))) you did not notice it))))
              Do you drink vodka beer? )))

              “In the first paragraph it says that weather protection is 80% marketing and 20% real goodies. "
              of course marketing has not been canceled. and it just says that when disassembling the lens of the canon, the engineer was in for a pleasant surprise! because these are just those 20% of real buns. oh, yes - apparently an engineer "balabol and kenonboy". whether it's a super specialist who is ready to certify everything by the name of Dmitry K! he is a truth-teller and, in general, a fighter for the release of lenses from all protections not personally certified by him! )))) Dmitry K, do you know that condoms also do not give a 100% guarantee ????? ))))))))Oh God! )))) you need to immediately start certifying them, for breaking, for force, for friction, in newtons, etc.!

              • Dmitry K

                ugh on you again

          • Alexey

            Arkady, briefly, I have already stated above. there is simple English, google translator translates normally.

            • Sergei

              Alex is a very narrow-minded person or a troll. Rather, the second. If the first, then he was already advised haloperidol, I join and also advise. Given its complete lack of culture and constant rudeness towards users, I propose a ban for life.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                So far, there is no serious reason to ban Alexei, he didn't break Ray's command.

              • Oleg

                And still need to ban the word kenon

              • Lynx

                first, alas, first.

  • Sergei

    I completely agree with Dmitry. Unfortunately, this situation is now not only in photographic equipment. Loud manipulative statements and tricky warranty terms. Protection in words seems to be there, but no one guarantees its availability, or guarantees it with reservations that negate all guarantees. Here I have a guarantee for the car, it seems like 7 years, and when you read the conditions, it turns out that on the engine, only when using fuel that fully complies with the standards, on the body - while preventing the ingress of reagents on it, are used to protect the road surface from ice and preventing the operation of a car on roads with gravel, on the chassis - except for cases when the car was operated on roads with poor-quality surfaces, which led to increased loads on the chassis, etc., etc. Also with this dust and moisture protection - it seems to be promised, but in reality you will not prove anything to anyone if something happens. And what is promised? In this case, moisture protection is what? Splash proof? From a stream of water from any direction? From immersion to what depth and for how long? Read about the IP system, for example, everything is clearly described there and if the device has “ip68”, then everything is immediately clear, and if the ip compliance is not even declared, not to mention the guarantees, then this is, excuse me, one tryndezh for housewives by type miraculous washing powder

    • Alexey

      Sergey, soap dishes with a standard for waterproofing have been made for a long time. read the rules for their operation - how to wash everything out after being in salt water, about sand particles, etc. and like the people, every other time the whole thing proceeds and the camera dies.
      the maximum that the manufacturer can do is to supply seals / additional elements that CAN protect. Everything. in reasonable money, nothing can be done without deterioration in dimensions, optical parameters and a sharp increase in price. how to fill the lens with epoxy making a one-piece waterproof piece)))
      under all other conditions, the presence of additional elements in the form of seals and insulating materials is obviously better than their absence, right? )

      and what about the car - it's super! what bad manufacturers - do not guarantee engine operation on donkey urine)))))

      • Skai

        And how do you imagine saltwater protection? Naturally, even special equipment has to be washed in fresh, and given the smaller number of controls it is logical that soap dishes were the first devices with water protection.
        And as protica shows, light rain or bathing of a backpack d610 + 24-70 is experiencing, and you shouldn't expect more from it ... you want protection? Boxing for swimming and you can dive, which is IMHO more convenient as the controls become much larger. Although I personally bought my sister a soap dish from Nikon with water protection, and I didn’t get worn out with boxes, it’s cheaper and I don’t mind if they squeeze on the beach….

      • Sergei

        I hate demagogues like you. Read the standards for moisture protection, and then balobolte. You would have entered the party in 17 year, there would have been no price. However, feeding the troll is a thankless task. Ugh on you))))

        • Sergei

          This is to Alexei, if that))

          • anonym

            I am joining! Can it drown and drown?)))

            • Denis

              Do not delete the joke in the subject)
              He was dressed in a CSKA jersey, a Lokomotiv jacket, a Dynamo scarf and put in the Spartak sector! Watch the program The Last Hero - 5

  • Pastor

    Nice article for the new year. We have minus 20 here and the wind, we have to think about what to take outside. Although in general, I think any carcass will survive the frost. At minus 20 I filmed d3300 with whale 18-55 and at 7d with 24-70 2.8. In fact, there is no difference - both carcasses and both glasses worked normally, except that it is easier to operate in mittens by 7d. For myself, I conclude that no cameras are afraid of frost :) however, I heard that the lubricant of the lenses can freeze, but this applies to Soviet glasses. I had this on some helios.
    In heavy dust I also used different carcasses, including d5100 and not protected tamron 18-270. There were no problems again. But in the rain it’s scary to use an unprotected lens or carcass. It is a pity that Nikon does not say anything about protection. In this sense, I’d better take Canon glasses and be calmer for the safety of the equipment. Although 50 1.8, 50 1.4, 17-55 2.8, 35 1.8dx and 70-300 BP I tried in the rain and everything turned out to be in order. True, it is always calmer for non-resizing lenses. Therefore, sometimes I’d better take a fix or a whole zoom if I am afraid of heavy rain.
    Happy New Year to all, good health and beautiful staff!

    • Denis

      photographed an air show at a temperature of -33, Nikon d5100 with a lens of 55-300. 15 minutes was on the street, did not notice any problems. but when it was warm and snowing, the viewfinder immediately fogged up

  • David

    My old man canon 450d + canon 50mm 1.8 worked both in rain and in severe frost. In the summer of 2015, I went for a good swim while rafting down the river. And it works great. As Dmitry wrote - until there are clear standards and regulations, all this is very conditional.

  • Alexey

    those who get sick from the word "kenon" do not read it :)

    dust-moisture-weather protection for lenses is a set of seals of various types, the task of which is to prevent moisture / water / dust from entering the lens.
    Such protection is different, the implementation depends on the brand and the specific lens. and like any seal, its effectiveness depends on the life and operating conditions of the lens.
    such protection is done according to the principle of "best effects" - the manufacturer tries but does not guarantee.
    The best implementation of such protection today is in the Kenon lenses of the last years of development. a lot of photos, detailed explanations - follow the links above. Such are the facts, whether someone likes them or not.

  • Eugene

    Arkady, it would be more accurate to write that for Nikon digital SLR cameras there are no protected lenses; but for film there is- http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/filmcamera/underwater/rs/index.htm
    I do not cling to the article, it’s just such a fact

    • Arkady Shapoval


  • anonym

    For pro lenses on ebay they sell "coats" that professionals use in harsh weather conditions. At least for telezums.

  • Subject

    I do not know. I took a banal oil seal from the car shop, and stuck it on the end of the optics. At least moisture, dust and snow began to get into the gap between the two surfaces of the bayonet several times less. But it only makes sense to do it in those glasses where, when zooming, the glass size is combined with a constant one, the rear and front lenses are embedded in such lenses with minimal tolerances for thermal damage, and I don’t know - I used glass for 3 years, in heavy rain, snow, dust on field, in fogs, tropics, in the Arctic - and I will say that dust-moisture-protection takes place. And in general, there have never been any problems with the presence of dust and sand inside the glass, WATER DROPS, do you pick lenses in the sandbox or use instead of a bucket to carry water? The external dust is blown away, it is not observed inside, it is there, but it is invisible to the eye and in the photo. No need to look for ideal situations, they are not. Just as you don’t need to specifically climb into the water to the waist, raking up reeds and duckweed with a set of photo equipment, and drop the optics into puddles or rivers, then shouting to all nature that some asshole manufacturer said that the optics were protected by looking at the aquarium with water inside the glass. I don’t bother in general, but moved me to protect the junction of the carcass and the lens only in that place, when shooting under difficult conditions, dust and moisture collected, and when changing optics it flowed down or was dumped inside the carcass, the consequences are clear. After that, everything fell into place, and before changing the glass, I wear a lint-free cloth in the pocket of my backpack, it went around the joint and that’s it!) And for 3 years now, I have never regretted that I took 4 minutes to buy the gland and stick it on glass)

    • Juras

      !!!!! ++++++++++ !!!!!!!

  • Alexander

    You can buy a rain cover on the camera / lens and is not steamed. Issue price is $ 15 for aliexpress. I shot in fairly tough conditions on my d7000 and 35-ku 1.8. It was a frost up to 25 °, and a fog (moreover, such that it condensed from the camera for 2 hours). Everything is healthy. I wouldn’t have slipped into the rain without any protection without any camera / lens, because water and electronics are not very friendly, and the cost of a possible repair is high.

  • Oleg

    Owners of red-striped lenses do not bother with raincoats :)

    • jurij

      Are you an owner?

      • Oleg

        Infa from the words of teammates on photo.ru
        Such questions (like yours) cast doubt on whether the earth is round (after all, I haven’t seen it) and other known things :)

        • jurij

          :)-It's irony?

          • Oleg

            Is the court sitting here?
            Of course irony ...

  • Maugli

    I do not say anything, just a story from life. Walk in the drizzle, camera 6D, lenses 17-40 / 4 + 70-200 / 4. Changing the lens produced under the awnings, or covering himself from the rain. After about 30 minutes, when the photo view button was pressed, the camera began to slam the mirror and refused to show the pictures, after another 10 minutes the entry button to the quick menu refused to work, which has a lot of everything you need, since the control has been cut compared to 5Dlll. After another 20 minutes, almost all the buttons failed, but the shutter speed and aperture wheels worked, the camera continued to shoot. After I stopped shooting and hid the camera in my backpack. There are no complaints about optics, neither condensate nor anything. I left the chamber for a day to dry at room temperature. Everything worked, but there are some complaints about the top button of the joystick, sometimes it requires a stronger and longer press than before. So, as for me, in the camera + lens combination, the camera will be the weakest link. It would be interesting to hear how others are shooting in the rain.

    • Dmitry K

      shooting takes place with a bag))) or rather in a bag with a hole for the lens. The bag is pressed against the hood with an elastic band from panties. The whole camera fits into the package and navigation is done by touch and on the small screen. Second lens in another package. When changing, simply remove the camera from one bag and attach it to the lens in the other. Change only under a shed or in a car. The know-how price is 10 rubles. The package also closes the camera. This is a circuit for rain. I'm not worried at all in frost - I shoot like this, nothing spoils. I don't take pictures in the snow, I sit at home.

      • Alexander

        In frost, not only does not deteriorate, but also improves))) Less noise. Far less.


    How is it not ???
    What about NIKON 1? There are lenses. This is not on the Nikon F.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Probably not finished reading, the question was "Does Nikon have lenses for DSLR cameras with dust and moisture protection?" and Nikon 1 is not a DSLR. + for Nikon 1 in the article I mentioned.

  • Vladimir

    Arkady, a small typo.

    -In case of damage to the “rain” seal-

    Thanks as always for the article!

    • Arkady Shapoval


  • anonym

    Cool article. Well done Arkady. Made at least some clarity. Happy New Year to all photographers, good to all personnel. The best defense of technology is straight arms and, oddly enough, the brain. I put the camera in a transparent bag for 1 ruble and fixed it on the edge of the lens with a rubber band for money, and go ahead for good shots.

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