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Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
Old 08-03-2005, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question for outdoor sports shooters: What do you use to protect your gear from the elements if you're shooting outside and it looks like it might rain? Is there some product you can buy to bag or cover your camera? Do you use some kind of home made gizmo? I could just toss the camera in a large baggie to keep it from getting wet...but I'm interested in how you continue working in the rain.

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Re: Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
Old 08-03-2005, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i have heard of speciallty bags that are clear and countour around cameras, some people have assistants with umbrellas work too. If it is not windy or lightning you can always duct tape an umbrella to a tri pod. Be for warned however if you get struck with lightning its no my fault, and stay away from power lines.
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Re: Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
Old 08-03-2005, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Back in the day when I shot sports, was using MF Canon AE-1, Minolta X-700s so, the rain wasn't so much an issue. I was using a garbage bag with a whole for my head and a little slit rubber banded to the lens hood back then. As I invested and got to an F100.... I did the exact same thing [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

With digital now, it would pay to be safe, some of them have water resistant bodies, but that doesn't much. Just take care of your gear, umbrella, hell try the garbage bag method but I can't gurantee the moisture on the sensor etc.

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Re: Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
Old 08-03-2005, 08:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Three thing I use....

1) If its a quickie bit of drizzle....I have a shower cap which I found fits nicely ( I procured a few from a hotel while on a business trip)

2) Pelican raingear. Cheap (like $20) and fits nicely around the camera and lens. Various sizes based on cam/lens configuration.

3) Feet. I hate shooting in the rain, so I just scoot home and process...


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Re: Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
Old 08-03-2005, 09:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For the most part, I just duck under cover and shoot from there. I like to shoot in the rain since most people tend to pack it up and go home. That means the images are more unusual and that adds to its impact.

However, I also shoot some sports. And its funny, but when money is on the line for the players and team, they seem to just keep on playing [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] So, I needed a solution. I picked up a raincoat for my camera and sports lens. It fits tightly around the lens and also doubles as a lens hood to keep the rain at bay. The back of the raingear around the camera body is clear so that you can see the LCD and all the controls. I think I paid about $35 for it, and only needed to use it a few times. Seems to work very well.
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Re: Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
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Aquatech makes some awesome rain covers. They aren't cheap - about $200 each - but worth every penny if you shoot much in the rain. They make them in sizes to cover 600mm lenses; 300mm lenses; 80-200mm & short zoom lenses. I have 3 of them & highly recommend them. $200 may seem expensive - but not when you compare it to the thousands of dollars you have invested in the camera & lenses you are prottecting. Penn Camera also sells some rain covers that are about $65 that are also pretty good. Aquatech's can be bought at Penn Camera & Roberts Imaging here in the US. Their website is www.aquatech.com.au/

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Dale:
Check out this website. I have a KATA E-702 rain cover, in fact I have two of them. Great stuff easy to use and only cost about $40 Works great. Hope this helps.

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Re: Ain\'t got sense enough to come outta the rain.....
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Thanks for the answers everyone! I really appreciate your help.

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