Shooting in the Rain
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jvincenc76
Registered: Sep 04, 2009
Total Posts: 15
Country: Slovakia

I just bought this on ebay for 9$ I think it is much better than a plastic bag, but I didn't have a chance to test it. Plastic bags are fine, and I will always cary one in case of a rain, but when I go out and I know it's going to rain, I will take the raincoat. It fits my 5DII with 70-200m F2.8 nonIS - you can see it in my gallery http://vincenc.zenfolio.com/p861367883



goobers
Registered: Jan 22, 2012
Total Posts: 63
Country: N/A

jvincenc76 - i would love to hear your feedback after you've had a chance to test it. i like that the bottom can be zippered up. Is there a hole where you can attach the cover to the eyepiece?



photo1a
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 480
Country: United States

dsjtecserv wrote:
I have been very happy with a Fotosharp rain cover: http://fotosharp.com/camera_rain_covers.html. They are made of silnylon and are extremely lightweight and stuff into a pack like a rag, yet set up for use quickly. The design allows for versatile application; the velcro-closed slot on the bottom allows it to be easily used hand held or set up on a tripod without compromising the protection. I was initially hesitant about the semi-opaque fabric making it difficult to see settings on the camera, but this has turned out to be mostly a non-issue. And on advantage has been that I can use it is a free, and very effective, flash diffuser: just use it over the camera and flash. It works great for macro flash shots!

I'd recommend getting a larger size they they cite as the minimum for a given lens combination. The larger volume is less constraining and provides more flexibility in use, and it really has not down side.

Dave


I just received the larger size Fotosharp rain cover. I have not tested it in rain yet, but I like the design and the material. It appears to be very functional for foggy/wet weather.



dsjtecserv
Registered: May 09, 2010
Total Posts: 1544
Country: United States

photo1a wrote:
dsjtecserv wrote:
I have been very happy with a Fotosharp rain cover: http://fotosharp.com/camera_rain_covers.html. They are made of silnylon and are extremely lightweight and stuff into a pack like a rag, yet set up for use quickly. The design allows for versatile application; the velcro-closed slot on the bottom allows it to be easily used hand held or set up on a tripod without compromising the protection. I was initially hesitant about the semi-opaque fabric making it difficult to see settings on the camera, but this has turned out to be mostly a non-issue. And on advantage has been that I can use it is a free, and very effective, flash diffuser: just use it over the camera and flash. It works great for macro flash shots!

I'd recommend getting a larger size they they cite as the minimum for a given lens combination. The larger volume is less constraining and provides more flexibility in use, and it really has not down side.

Dave


I just received the larger size Fotosharp rain cover. I have not tested it in rain yet, but I like the design and the material. It appears to be very functional for foggy/wet weather.


I think you'll like it. I just used mine during the height of Sandy. While with wet hands, and opening the back to see the screen inevitably lets in a small amount of moisture, it was more than sufficient to protect the camera from real harm during an hour of handheld shooting.

Dave



James Ramsey
Registered: Jan 08, 2008
Total Posts: 40
Country: United States

Here's one for $5.97 on ebay free shipping..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/380314698459?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649



james.d53
Registered: Nov 16, 2011
Total Posts: 291
Country: United States

It really depends on the body and lenses whether you should worry about the rain. I have professional equipment (Nikon) and wouldn't hesitate to take it out in the rain if needed, but I just don't like to spend the time it takes to dry everything off when I get done. I do have some Optech Rain Sleeves and they work just fine.



Paulthelefty
Registered: Feb 27, 2012
Total Posts: 582
Country: United States

Great thread. Interesting that the vortex is listed as "water-resistant," where others are listed as "waterproof."

I am really intrigued by the Fotosharp cover. I like the white "see through" for shooting sports, but I can see wanting a camo one also for shooting wildlife. It also seems to be lightweight enough to manipulate controls and dials through the cover... A most interesting thought while shooting football in the rain, making adjustments without having to open up a cover with wet hands or gloves...

Of course, for the prices they are asking, I can afford both a white and camo version for less than the price of one thinktank hydrophobia.

I think I better go edit my Christmas list!

Paul



Glenn NK
Registered: Oct 03, 2010
Total Posts: 487
Country: Canada

Admittedly this one is expensive. We don't get as much rain as the OP, but if I only went out on rainless days in the winter, I'd be indoors too much.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/316856-REG/Kata_KT_E_702_E_702_GDC_Elements_Cover.html

It's a very well designed and made cover, and it is waterproof (as opposed to water resistant) - well don't drop the camera into the ocean.

I've used mine in a downpour - the problem was me getting soaked.

Oh, oh, just noticed - no longer available from B&H. But I think Kata still makes them.

http://www.kata-bags.com/e-702-pl-for-dslr-with-up-to-70-200-lens

Glenn



Wickedfn4u
Registered: May 08, 2004
Total Posts: 2619
Country: United States

I have both the Think Tank Hydorphobias and love them. Doing sports you have no choice if it is raining. I am amazed to see people with a few thousand dollars worth of gear and they are using tape and plastic bags. I have had the TT H for a couple years and they just keep going. Like anything invest in good equipment and it last. Just dry it out and pack it up. The ergonomics are great and it works super. if you plan to keep your gear get something that last.



qburke
Registered: Feb 13, 2006
Total Posts: 92
Country: United States

+1 for OpTech. I bought a 3 pack on Amazon on a kind of impulse buy in July. Last week I shot a wedding in Seaside, Oregon in a beach house. It was a typical rainy/windy Oregon coast kind of day - but the bride and groom really wanted photos on the beach. I thanked God I had bought these four months earlier, and it worked great! I was completely soaked, but my camera/lens stayed perfectly dry.



Tareq
Registered: Aug 17, 2006
Total Posts: 405
Country: United Arab Emirates

I posted this question in 2 or 3 sites, and the answers as always are vary, no one specific brand, i got 2 or 3 brands highly recommended, so it is like why did i ask the question first place.

Well, i may go with 2 brands instead of one to see which one is better, and i may sell the one i don't like much, but dumping that money is not a wise move anyway.



runamuck
Registered: Oct 29, 2006
Total Posts: 6900
Country: United States

Sometimes you just gotta quit and take cover. I was caught in a gully-washer a couple years ago. I pulled out my 42 gallon plastic garbage bag. I and my camera gear stayed dry sitting on a park bench, waiting for the deluge to end.



Savas K
Registered: Feb 01, 2006
Total Posts: 4253
Country: United States

I keep an Optech rain sleeve around for just in case.



anthonysemone
Registered: Mar 08, 2008
Total Posts: 4495
Country: United States

Olympus OM-D w/ kit 12-50?



anthonysemone
Registered: Mar 08, 2008
Total Posts: 4495
Country: United States

and again



anthonysemone
Registered: Mar 08, 2008
Total Posts: 4495
Country: United States

As I posted here (I think) earlier, OM-D got wet, my wife and I pulled into a brasserie, wiped off the OM-D with a napkin, and we were good to go



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