We finally have snow here in western Montana, now measured in feet and still falling as I type this blog entry. I had considered going out and capturing a few images with my DSLR. I stopped myself after I finished reading an experience from a photographer in the UK who went outside in the rain with his DSLR. The photographer’s camera stopped working and was ruined. The photographer asked why the camera did not have stronger seals and weather proof. As far as I know, there are no 100% weather proof cameras.
I did some research on using digital cameras in cold weather and the rain. The very strongly worded recommendations are to have your camera in a plastic bag or protective sleeve in order to prevent condensation on and in the camera. Condensation on the electronics could lead to serious damage to your camera and lens. The recommendations also suggested placing fresh batteries in your camera, keeping your camera close to your body, or ideally keep it under your jacket. If you decide you want to capture the rain or snow; do so from the protection of your car, standing on a covered porch, or under an umbrella.