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    Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Just wondering if anybody found a nice solution to protect his
    * Camera + back (P back + DF cam)
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    * Cambo WRS + back
    against wet shooting conditions ?

    I'm leaving to Island next week and will certainly face those conditions.
    My only idea for the Cambo is to put a transparent plastic bag on it (zip-lock bag sort of thing), make a hole and 'seal' it on the lens hood.

    Don't know if a rain protection that could fit the DF body exists ?

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    I shot a whole flood project when Phoenix had its 50 year storm and I used a 2 gallon zip lock bag. Cut a hole for the lens hood used gaffer tape and off i went into the pouring rain. Worked a charm and cost maybe 50 cents. But they do sell some nice rain jackets that you can adapt . I did finally buy one from B&H name brand is Storm Jacket

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    This one looks pretty good as it has opening for tripod

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...rm_Jacket.html
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    2-Gallon Zip-lock, the side opposite the zipper when closed is cut, and then the bottom is cut leaving the last 3" of the bottom sealed at the closed zipper end. Zipper now shuts around lenshood, the bottom is open for the tripod and head, and the back is open with a 3" mini hood at the top. Works absolutely great, is cheap, and you can carry a few of them in your bag with no space issue.
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Kata makes great rain covers for most every camera. They have velcro straps that attach around the camera lens, and also have arm entry ports for shooting in inclement weather.

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    My only issue with Kata, Lightware and similar coated nylon covers is their bulk and weight. They are certainly durable and if you shoot in the rain all the time, definitely the way to go. However, for the typical landscape once or twice a year or emergency in the rain rig, the 2-gallon zip-lock is tough to beat for price/performance.
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Op-Tech Rain covers. Dirt cheap and very very good.
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Okay, rain sleeve from OpTech ordered for the DF and Zip-lock for the Cambo.
    Thanks for this quick feedback guys ;-)

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    A nice big umbrella.

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Here in the Pacific NorthWET we have a bit of experience of shooting in the rain.

    My suggestion is similar to Jack - have a zip lock bag for emergencies but otherwise I find that having a couple of hand towels to dab up moisture works better than trying to wrap your gear in plastic or sheeting. Now if it's a complete deluge and you've got to shoot - sure - umbrella works great as does the zip lock.

    Now if we could just solve the rain drops on the front element problem ...
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    I have a Kata, the issue I have with it is the lens "hood" is very stiff, and deep. Can vignette the lens if not positioned properly, especially with a wide angle lens. Even more so on a technical camera when it is difficult to see what the sensor is seeing if you compose with external viewfinder.


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    My only issue with Kata, Lightware and similar coated nylon covers is their bulk and weight. They are certainly durable and if you shoot in the rain all the time, definitely the way to go. However, for the typical landscape once or twice a year or emergency in the rain rig, the 2-gallon zip-lock is tough to beat for price/performance.

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    I carry a heavy weight clear plastic bag rolled up in my tripod bag.

    I've tried just about every name brand out there and this works best for me. And it's so dang simple to use and I don't have to worry about it costing me a fortune.
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robblakers View Post
    A nice big umbrella.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    I carry a heavy weight clear plastic bag rolled up in my tripod bag.

    I've tried just about every name brand out there and this works best for me. And it's so dang simple to use and I don't have to worry about it costing me a fortune.
    I actually carry several different size plastic bags with me, from a 55-gallon one that I can use to keep me or my equipment from having to come into contact with wet ground, to five-gallon ones that I can use to cover my equipment, to a one-quart one in which I carry my spare batteries.

    When wrapped tightly, they don't take up much space, and they don't weigh very much, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Here in the Pacific NorthWET we have a bit of experience of shooting in the rain.

    My suggestion is similar to Jack - have a zip lock bag for emergencies but otherwise I find that having a couple of hand towels to dab up moisture works better than trying to wrap your gear in plastic or sheeting. Now if it's a complete deluge and you've got to shoot - sure - umbrella works great as does the zip lock.

    Now if we could just solve the rain drops on the front element problem ...
    In addition to a golf umbrella attached to a tripod leg, I use one of those uber absorbent sham wow type towels over the camera, back and, when not exposing, over lens/filter. Find them better than Terry cloth hand towels...
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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by rga View Post
    In addition to a golf umbrella attached to a tripod leg, I use one of those uber absorbent sham wow type towels over the camera, back and, when not exposing, over lens/filter. Find them better than Terry cloth hand towels...
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    Bob, that's a great suggestion. I'll have to try that. I tend to lay the towel like a dark cloth over the top of my Alpa/DF between shots and if it's very bad I'll leave it there and pull back the front from covering the top of the lens. a super absorbent sham-wow type of cloth may be better than my normal "borrowed" hotel hand towel. (They circulate from one hotel room to the next btw ...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rga View Post
    In addition to a golf umbrella attached to a tripod leg,
    I would never dare to do that, don't want to see all my equipment falling on the ground after a sudden gust...

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    Quote Originally Posted by anGy View Post
    I would never dare to do that, don't want to see all my equipment falling on the ground after a sudden gust...
    If it's that blowy, I probably wouldn't shoot. Agreed that would be a risk (though take a look at the venting Nike and other umbrellas that vent now).

    But I agree primarily because the rain/snow will just come in under the umbrella. One thing you can do is hang your bag from the center column hook for the unexpected gust.

    But again, at one's own risk for sure!
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    Yep, I have the Op-Tech and they are great. Mine kept the camera perfectly dry through 25 mins of torrential thunderstorm rain when I was filming a surf event. I didn't have my raincoat though, I just sat and got drenched! I did dry out by going home time but my shoes were still squelching!

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by rga View Post
    If it's that blowy, I probably wouldn't shoot. Agreed that would be a risk (though take a look at the venting Nike and other umbrellas that vent now).

    But I agree primarily because the rain/snow will just come in under the umbrella. One thing you can do is hang your bag from the center column hook for the unexpected gust.

    But again, at one's own risk for sure!
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    Nice Yair; that would match my rain coat! Not sure a lens would fit in that pouch, but maybe a few batteries?

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    First thing you need is a lens-hood to keep the rain off the lens... then an anorak.

    Tie the neck round the lens hood, and use the arm holes for getting at the camera controls, fasten the front round the tripod and use the bottom as a hood for you the get under to see the viewfinder/ground glass/infoscreen?

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    I think I'll need the ziplock idea, but for sandstorms not rain

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    Re: Shooting in the rain, how to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Op-Tech Rain covers. Dirt cheap and very very good.
    I bought a couple -- very cool. I still prefer my zip lock style for the tech cam, but the Optech covers look great for the DSLR.
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    Lol I bought a optech too, got it today. Still have my ziplock bag though
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