Protections: Rain covers vs. silicon cases

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by BratNikotin, Jan 6, 2022.

  1. Read a bit more about the Peak Design. Broke down and ordered one for my upcoming winter brrr trip to Vermont, as it nicely covers the camera and lens as it hangs from the shoulder. Thanks Joseph.
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    Out of 60 days on location in the Faroe Islands, 43 were rainy to very rainy, often with 15-30mph winds that did wonders for mixing salt air with the rain. Among things like medium sized plastic bags, the rain cover and 3-4 terry cloth hand towels, I also carried a black shower cap. The shower cap did two things, it was a very fast deployable cover in using shorter glass for when I was getting the dedicated rain cover out and it also served as a light block for when there was direct light hitting the dark slide side of the film magazine during long exposures.

    But by far the best piece of rain gear I had for my camera was the dedicated rain cover. My Hasselblad lived in it, I was able to swap film backs under it and just keep on working. In my opinion, if you feel a dedicated camera rain cover is too much of a pain in the rear to use...then you ain't truly working in the conditions that it is made for.
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  3. For modest, light rain and drizzle, I've resorted to the absorb rather than deflect method.

    A thick cotton short-sleeved T-shirt with the lens down an arm/sleeve 'tube' with the rest of the fabric kinda rucked up around the tripod head and body.

    For heavy, persistent rain, no, but for nuisance drizzle etc if works well enough. It's possible to make a 'tunnel' to view the back screen in LV too.

    Lens hoods are an important part of keeping drops off the front element/protective filter. Sometimes I think the depth of a hood is compromised by the need for reverse storage etc.
  4. I used to use plastic bags. They were CHEAP. But were not easy to configure, with rubber bands and masking tape.
    After using a camera "raincoat" I switched. The "raincoat" was easier to setup around the camera than the plastic bag, and easier to use.
    I still carry plastic bags to cover/put my bag and gear into. And as was mentioned, it is faster to yank the plastic bag out of my pocket and cover the camera, than to put the camera into a "raincoat."
    One thing that I learned, thankfully not the hard way, was that when shutting down, I had to be careful how I removed the "raincoat." A lot of water ends up on the raincoat, and has to be drained off before removing the raincoat, or that water could drain onto the camera.
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  5. B&H is crazy efficient, the Peak Design shells have arrived and I had to squeeze the Z7ii into the medium and an Olympus M43 into the small size. It definitely looks better than having the camera in a shower cap, plastic grocery bag or a meat-packing-zip-lock bag. However, I will need to explore how functional (or not) this setup really is. For now it looks like one can more conveniently shoot with a transparent shower cap or zip-lock bag, without exposing the camera and lens to the elements.

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2022

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