Ok my fellow photo enthusiasts, I would like to hear your thoughts on your purchasing decisions when buy and gear as it relates to: weather sealing.
I'm curious in what your perspective is as to: 1) how much does this feature add to the cost of a body and lens; 2) how big of a factor does it playing in knowing your are protect and not, and 3) finally how often do you find yourself shooting in condition that require it.
Here is where I stand:
1) No idea of what the actual cost is, but if I had to put a figure on it it would be as follows: for the body: $200-300, lens $50-100. 2) On a scale of 1-10 I would put it @ 10. Given the investment I make in buying a good quality lenses, I want it to be able to handle any condition, thus insuring longevity. 3) Less than 5% in the rain, 10-15% in dusty conditions.
The only lens that I own that is not weather sealed, hence it does not have a gasket on the mount...is my Fish-eye 10.5. All other have it.
If you are wondering why I'm asking this question, here is my dilemma: I'm looking in purchasing the Sigma 35 1.4 in the near future, yet this lens lack weather sealing..."the only lenses that are weather-sealed are in the Sports category." Thus, I'm hesitant in purchasing it should I find myself in a condition where this feature will come in handy.
The floor is now open for a healthy discussion....
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