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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Shooting around saltwater, sand regularly? |
You are correct to protect your equipment: salt spray is lethal to camera electronics and corrosive to metals. Sea salts are hygroscopic (absorbing moisture from the air), which allows corrosion and electrical problems to continue even when you go to a dry place.
I used to work around the ocean shore and did this a lot: I made my own camera "raincoats" out of thin clear plastic bags. Use just one bag. One option is to use a larger bag, with the bag opening pointing down to admit your hands inside the bag. Another is to use a smaller bag. Totally seal the bag and operate the camera from outside the bag.
1. In either case, put the single bag over the whole camera, lens and all. As Fred suggested, have a UV filter on the the lens, but start with the filter a little loose.
2. Then use a very thin rubber band or strong thread to tie the bag onto the front of the lens, working the band or thread into the slot between the loose filter and the lens. (The thin type of waxed dental floss works well as thread.)
3. Do the same to tie the bag around the eye-piece of the view finder. Most eye-pieces have a groove around the outside for mounting accessories.
4. When the tying is tight, carefully use a sharp blade or fine tiny scissors to cut away the plastic that is covering the lens filter and covering the eye piece.
5. Then tighten the filter all the way.
With a modern camera, put all your settings on "auto." Then you may only need to actuate the shutter button, which can be done through the thin plastic bag. This allows the entire bag to remain fully sealed.
The set up is cheap and easy to replace--disposable.
There are commercially available raincoats, too. But make sure they are adequate, especially to protect the junction where the lens attaches to the camera body.
You can do similar protection for the joints of your tripod. Check the manufacturer to see if you can also rinse your tripod with distilled water. Then dry well. Check online sources for instructions on disassembling your tripod for cleaning.