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Old 16-04-2008, 20:16   #1 (permalink)
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Recommend a good rain cover?

I am looking for a rain cover for my D300. I've seen some around but it's so hard to tell how a) well they would fit the D300, b) much they would obscure controls, vf, flash, etc so I'm really open to suggestions as to what people here are using and how they find them.

Ideally what I would like is a rain cover that perhaps has a glass, or cut out area for where my eye would go up against the vf. I really don't fancy trying to peer through a plastic sheet in front of my vf (unless someone can convince me it really doesn't impact the photo taking)

I'd also like to have the ability to still have a flash attached (SB600), although I'm not sure that's going to be possible from the ones I've seen.

The largest lens I own at present is the Nikkor 70-300mm.

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Old 16-04-2008, 20:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Recommend a good rain cover?

Well, what I've used at one time or another -

Start to spit: a chamois leather draped over top of camera as it'll absorb drops

More persistent rain: Rain Hood from http://www.ewamarine.co.uk which consists of a large clear plastic cover ending with a circular optical glass 'lens' against which the camera lens is placed (can be attached but I never bother)
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Other solutions: plastic sealable poly bag with hole in end through which lens is poked (and elastic banded) - works pretty well to keep out all but continuous rain (but well on occasional dust clouds!)

Other solutions I've heard about: sleeve from an old outdoor jacket through which lens is poked - advantage is that you can leave as much of the original body of jacket to fit any combo of gear (possibly even work a method to leave on flash)

Plus see this thread http://www.pixalo.com/community/gene...elp-20340.html
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Re: Recommend a good rain cover?

Assistant with brolly works for me.
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Re: Recommend a good rain cover?

lol ooo I'll get me one of dem!

Thanks for the link Markulous. I hadn't come across ewa-marine. I think I might settle for the C-AFX which will allow me to still fit a flash.
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Remember tho that the D300 is weather sealed so spitting shouldn't be a problem
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Re: Recommend a good rain cover?

Well it's funny you say that. I don't find that mentioned anywhere in its manual and I wondered if 'officially' it's considered weather sealed. I mean it certainly looks like it is with the tiny rubber seals in the lens fittings and such like but I couldn't find anything which categorically stated this was the case.

To be honest though this is more to do with the fact that I will be doing some motorcycle trials photography and all sorts of crap gets thrown around. Last weekend when I shot some it bloomin hoofed it down too. More than just spitting rain (which I'm not overly concerned with).

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