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Shooting in the rain
« on: January 13, 2013, 10:40:05 AM »
Recommendations for a good "Camera Condom"? You know, these various bags you can get to cover your camera for bad weather.

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Shooting in the rain
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 11:21:19 AM »
I've shot out in the rain a few times, and I went the simple route and used a trash bag.  I just cut a hole in one of the corners and that's where I put the end of my lens. I used a hair tie or something similar to hold the bag onto the lens.
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 01:53:57 PM »
Thought about some type of shooting "condom" (I think ThinkTank has something like this) but feel like it is too much trouble.  While sometimes cumbersome, I bring a small folding umbrella with me.  Then, under its shadow, I take my camera out of an AW bag and shoot.  I've done this repetitively,, even while trekking away from civilization for days.  I've thought about jury rigging an umbrella to a tripod but never have.

BTW, I do also have a trash bag for "belt and suspenders" caution.  Despite water resistance, I try to keep everything dry

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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 04:42:14 PM »
There are a lot of fancy ones if you shoot in the rain all the time.  But if you only do it on rare occasion (as I do), these cheapie OpTech ones work great.  They come in a set of two for six bucks - I bought a pair years ago and have not worn out the first one yet.  Just an angled plastic sleeve with a drawstring on the lens end and a small hole for the viewfinder.  Pull the eyecup off first, put the bag over the camera, slip the eyecup on over the plastic to hold it in place.

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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 05:32:59 PM »
The first one is from Optech.  Come in pairs i believe.  Under $10.  I use these ones and they work for me.

Second one is the KATA E-704 GDC EXTENSION SLEEVE KIT.  This one fits longer telephoto lenses.  350 to 650mm I believe.  Runs about $50 give or take a few dollars

The third one is the AQUATECH SS-200 SPORT SHIELD.  Has breathable waterproof fabric.  Expensive at $150 and up depending which model.
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2013, 06:33:04 PM »
I have a golf umbrella that I can jam into the side of my pack so I don't need to hold it.
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2014, 04:59:33 PM »
Few days ago i was shooting in the light rain without any kind of protection. Actually it was really raining only a little.

I wonder  how much of raining is acceptable to you when shooting without rain cover? I have 5D III and as far as I know, it should be quite well resistant. But how is with lenses? Particularly with extended zoom lenses like 24-70/2.8 as in my case. I was shooting with 70-200 too, but because it doesn't have extending part it should be more resistant, I think.

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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 05:23:55 PM »
Oh great, more money to spend.
The thread has just made me think of an Arca Swiss clamp mounted to an umbrella shaft.
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014, 06:15:44 PM »
Few days ago i was shooting in the light rain without any kind of protection. Actually it was really raining only a little.

I wonder  how much of raining is acceptable to you when shooting without rain cover? I have 5D III and as far as I know, it should be quite well resistant. But how is with lenses? Particularly with extended zoom lenses like 24-70/2.8 as in my case. I was shooting with 70-200 too, but because it doesn't have extending part it should be more resistant, I think.

I once took out a 7D with the 24-70 in Ottawa, incredibly heavy rain for 2 days straight and the camera worked fine. It also worked fine with a lot of heavy wind+sand mixed in it in Dubai.
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2014, 06:46:04 PM »
I shot few times in rain, first time it was in London and in typical english rainy weather - it was nothing terrible, but I was using 60D + 15-85 EFS, which are not sealed, so I was bit concerned AND everything was completely fine  8)

That time I realised these beasts are made to last, so now I have no issue with rain. To be fair, I try to keep camera as dry as possible, but when needed I'm not worry to get wet.

Btw.: Both my cameras already survived some beer spills, with no problem, so lets say they are already "baptized"  ;D
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014, 09:36:32 AM »
Hi Fun Photons.
I have a pair of the optech rain sleeves, I bought the ones for a moderate zoom, figured that with a shorter lens it could be scrunched up, only used it a couple of times plus a trial fit to familiarise with fitting it so as not to be fumbling when the camera needs it! I have also shot out in the rain, 7D and 17-85 by shoot and tuck inside the coat technique! I have also been caught in a deluge and just put it in the bag and pulled the AW cover over the lot! :o ;D
I would suggest that if you are going to use the camera regularly in the rain you get a better system than the optech, not for any reason other than it is thin poly sheet and with regular use may become weakened and would probably puncture more easily than some of the heavier offerings, either that or treat optech as limited use items and replace them when there is any reason, at <$10 a pair they are pretty much in that category!

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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2014, 11:39:28 AM »
I like the camo rain cover from Fotosharp, which also is designed to work well on a tripod mounted system:
http://fotosharp.com/pro_camera_rain_covers.html

It works for me doing nature photography.  But really there are many brands out there.  The particular features you want are up to you.  Lots of price points available.

With respect to protection, water tends to damage lens coatings more than anything else, so protect that front element when out in the elements!  :D


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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2014, 11:47:32 AM »
I've shot out in the rain a few times, and I went the simple route and used a trash bag.  I just cut a hole in one of the corners and that's where I put the end of my lens. I used a hair tie or something similar to hold the bag onto the lens.

Happened to me couple times. I ended up using plastic shopping bag and cont. with my shooting. No issue... ;)

As you can see, the rain was coming down hard. This was in HongKong.
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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2014, 03:10:40 AM »
I've got the Lenscoat Raincoat Pro for my 7D and 500 f4. I like it much better than the cheap plastic.

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Re: Shooting in the rain
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2014, 04:47:51 AM »
I've found FotoSharp's covers to be a good solution -- www.fotosharp.com

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