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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2018 at 13:35
IP ratings are standard in the industry for electronic enclosures - you wouldn't buy one without a declared IP rating - so why not declare them for cameras?

Actually Sony already have for their RX0 which is rated at IP68.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pallanza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2018 at 17:29
Today I have asked Sony exactly this question for the A7r iii.
We shall see ...
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And what are your experiences with a99ii regarding water resistance? That a7rIII result really got me thinking about not moving to E mount yet...
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Looking at my A7R III, I'm not surprised. Sony says that the camera is "weather resistant" but, for example, on the battery door the foam piping intended to seal the door doesn't even go all the way around the door, there's a gap on one side which I can see daylight through (not when it's closed obviously).

Someone did a tear down I saw that said that Sony is relying on tolerances in the camera components to prevent ingress rather than seals or gaskets.

It's kind of a bummer but I think I'll end up having to be more careful with the A7R III than I felt I had to be with my A900.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2018 at 21:49
Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

And what are your experiences with a99ii regarding water resistance? That a7rIII result really got me thinking about not moving to E mount yet...
There is no reason to assume the A99m2 is better or worse.

Originally posted by mezman mezman wrote:

It's kind of a bummer but I think I'll end up having to be more careful with the A7R III than I felt I had to be with my A900.
Why? the A900 is not considered weather resistant at all, the A7r3 is at least to some degree.....
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I'm glad I took a 5 year (free) complete cover warranty for my A7riii.

This week the weather is awful in Holland. Never had any problems so far in this windy and (very) wet weather. Hope my Sony stays OK.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mezman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2018 at 05:53

Originally posted by mezman mezman wrote:

It's kind of a bummer but I think I'll end up having to be more careful with the A7R III than I felt I had to be with my A900.
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Why? the A900 is not considered weather resistant at all, the A7r3 is at least to some degree.....


I don't know. No good reason I suppose. Maybe it's simply psychological in that the A900 feels more substantial as a full size DSLR and the a7R III is, less so, leading me to ascribe more durability to the A900?

Like I said, no good reason I suppose. I was always careful with the A900 around water anyway so I'll just keep doing what I've been doing I guess.    
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2018 at 08:13
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

And what are your experiences with a99ii regarding water resistance? That a7rIII result really got me thinking about not moving to E mount yet...
There is no reason to assume the A99m2 is better or worse.


That's exactly the reason for my question. Maybe a99ii is just the same. I has been on a market for some time now so I hope someone has already some experience with this camera in severe weather conditions.

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


Originally posted by mezman mezman wrote:

It's kind of a bummer but I think I'll end up having to be more careful with the A7R III than I felt I had to be with my A900.
Why? the A900 is not considered weather resistant at all, the A7r3 is at least to some degree.....


I have an a900 and it is a tank. It withstood so much that I am confident in it all the time no matter the weather. And it is weather protectedto some degree. Not the typical Nikon level but still, all the buttons are protected and there are some more seals. I honestly don't remember the details (I got all the info some 6-8 years ago) but it is protected well. It survived the Dakar race in Argentina with occasional salt water contact too (Jacek Bonecki has written a nice article here: A900 on Dakar race).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pallanza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 8 minutes ago at 10:05
I had asked Sony for the IP-classification of the A7r iii.

The answer was in about that what I had expected:

"Sony will do comparable tests, but will not publish the results.
Sony will not comment two customer requests concerning the procuct improvements you had suggested (I did not suggest anything), but will give the feedback to the design department (presumable the development department).
The IP-rating for the A7r iii will not be disclosed or advertised."

So far the answer from Sony with my comments in brackets.
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