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Old 01-05-2011, 14:23   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking at some of these online, and they range in price from a few pounds to over a hundred. Does anyone use them, are they any good, and is it worth splashing (no pun intended) more, or will the cheaper models work just as well. Oh, and what about home made ones? I have an old Kagol from when there was a lot more of me than there is now and I could use that. I have the Canon 7D and one of my lens is an L series but for me, the less my gear and water meet, the better I like it.
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Re: DSLR Rain Coats

I bought a very cheap one from an eBay trader a few years ago. It does the job just fine. I think I paid £15 and I certainly don't feel the need to replace it.

If you're making your own, the trick will be to make sure the rain doesn't wick down inside and soak the camera. The one I have is made with a rough nylon cover and foam padding. This works well as rain traps on the surface and doesn't flow inside the cover.
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Re: DSLR Rain Coats

I must admit the one I have got hardly gets used, it was cheap as chips but it works just fine, no condensation and no worries with getting wet. I actually bought it because it's insulated so also for really cold weather work, to act as semi blimp and to help prevent condensation in humid weather; it's not much use for the last 2. It also came with a long lens extension which is helpful but makes it very hard to reach the lens controls if you use it.
The reason it hardly gets used, it's too bulky to always carry so I only have it if I expect to be shooting for a long time in serious rain or cold. Otherwise I trust the wethersealing and lens hood and I always have a bin liner or 2 which are always useful for many other things as well.
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Re: DSLR Rain Coats

I've a Rain Hood - bought for shooting waterfalls but I've used it in all weathers. Advantage is that it's completely sealed, having an optic glass window at one end but must admit it's no more effective than a plastic bag with a hole cut in the end (and elastic-banded onto barrel)!

Downside to both the Hood and the plastic bag is that if/when the sun comes out the heat/humidty inside goes way up! I use Hood/bag in conjunction with a chamois leather which'll mop up any water drops accidentally introduced when inserting hands into Hood/bag
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I use Storm Jackets.
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