Dear Fujifeed Community,
I only introduced myself here yesterday but I already have a question on your recommendations towards weather sealing in gerneral and more specific to my situation.
In general: Do you think whether sealing is useful or just marketing?
Do you think it makes sense to have a WR Body when you use it with a non WR lens?
Can the body be damaged by something leaking through the lens into the body?
Do you think the main issue are the buttons and wheels on the body anyways?
Is there a smart solution for a do it yourself seal that does not involve wrapping up the whole camera in some kind of plastic bag?
More to my situation:
Since half a year I am using my X-Pro2 with a 35mm F2 WR lens to take pictures whlie out in the mountains. So far this was mostly skiing and I enjoyed this a lot! But to do so the camers just goes into my backpack with just a little neoprene wrap or without it. In winter this means snow melts and the whole thing gets a bit wet for quite some time. So far no problem.
As the season change I would like to take my X-Pro2 climbing and this makes me wish for a wider angle in the lens. First I considered the 16mm F1.4 but it is too large as jet again my space in the backpack or even hanging from my harness will be very limited. Now it would be down to the 18mm F2 or the 23mm F2 but I am also eying on the Laowa 9mm F2.8 ZD or a Rokinon 12mm as next addition to the arsenal.
I read a lot about the different lenses and currently the 18mm is on top of the list for the low price, wider angle than the 23mm and it’s compact size that is very important to me. I think I can deal with the potential drawbacks (or do you think the AF is to slow for ski action? sorry i have no experience with different lenses and I will not be able to put one through such a rough field test without buying).
Now my only concern remains if I might break the lens soon because of the conditions it will be exposed to while shooting in bad weather and occasional heavy rain and storing it in a sometimes wet pack and if so if this might also affect my otherwise WR body.
Does a lens without AF (like Rokinon) get into trouble with the weather at all or is the AF motor the main cause of trouble?
Are the WR lenses more resistant to punching and physical abuse than the non WR?
Maybe you even know about some lens or upcoming lens that would be as compact, wider angle (20-25mm focal length equivalent) and weather sealed -> if so: please let me know.
Sorry for the long text but I feel that this is a question many people taking photos in the outdoors may have and I think that the capabilities of the Fuji X System apply for climbing / skiing shots as muh as for street photography.
Thank you for your input!
PS: Here is an extreme example that gave me a lot of hope for the Fujinon 18mm F2 but has mostly to do with temperature (snow does not penetrate seals as does water): http://danbaileyphoto.com/blog/yes-the-fujifilm-x-t2-works-just-fine-in-the-cold/