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Rain Covers and Vertical Shooting
Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 1:02 PM on 08.27.07
->> I've researched previous threads about various rain covers, but can't find any mention of how well the camera can be operated in the vertical position. I contacted Aquatech directly, and they said their covers will allow for vertical shooting, but using the main shutter release instead of the secondary one. I assume many of you shoot vertical (even in the rain). Any thoughts/suggestions? thanx
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 1:20 PM on 08.27.07
->> There's enough room in my Aquatech for me to rotate the camera and shoot vertically using the vertical release. My hand is inside the cover and has to go past the vertical release to hit the normal one so I'm not sure what would be the difficulty.
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Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 1:26 PM on 08.27.07
->> I need to buy a rain cover, are they expensive?
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Al Santos, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 1:26 PM on 08.27.07
->> No problem rotating the Aquatech for vertical shooting using a 400 lens on a monopod. Works great every time.
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Paul Montague, Photographer
Swisher | IA | USA | Posted: 3:31 PM on 08.27.07
->> Michael,

More expensive:
http://www.aquatech.com.au

Less expensive:
http://www.tenba.com/pc-455-13-rain-cover-rc24.aspx

Least expensive:
http://glad.com/trashbags/quick_tie.php
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 4:02 PM on 08.27.07
->> The aquatech is going to run you about $200, Samys camera, one of the sponsors, stocks them and gave me a better price than anywhere else I could find them. Also, don't forget to get the eyepiece!
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Drew Broadley, Photographer
Wellington | NZ | New Zealand | Posted: 4:53 PM on 08.27.07
->> Oh, I thought you were talking straight up, not portrait orientation.

I was going to suggest getting a windscreen from a car and using window wipers, but there goes my idea...
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Waynesville | NC | USA | Posted: 5:03 PM on 08.27.07
->> Another option for a cheap rain gear is:

http://tinyurl.com/2ufqpk

The Op/Tech Rain sleeve. They run about $10 for two and are disposable (or not, if you take care of them). I've never had any problems with them, but I do shoot mostly horizontal. For $10 bucks, they're worth having in your "just in case" bag.
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Samuel Lewis, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 5:18 PM on 08.27.07
->> A reasonable middle ground is the Lightware rain cover.

http://tinyurl.com/297dym

At $40, it is a bargain. It is relatively simple, with velcro and elastic to hold around the front of the lens, and a velcro loop to help secure the cover to the back of the lens. The cover is long enough that it will drape over the camera (and even your head as you're shooting). This may not handle rain as well as the aquatech stuff, but I've found that it does a reasonable job.
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Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 5:33 PM on 08.27.07
->> Waterproof Cases & Gear, for your cam/lenses -- 40 $ is not bad at all...
good price


or use a black bin bag!!
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Sebastian Szyszka, Photographer
Lisle (Naperville) | IL | USA | Posted: 5:39 PM on 08.27.07
->> I use the above Lightware cover when shooting with a 300 and it has worked very well. It's only useful in a relatively stationary position though, on a monopod for example. If you move around a lot it's just not going to be very useful since the bottom is exposed and the back flap is prone to blowing away. No hanging it off your shoulder. That makes it difficult to use with something smaller, like a 70-200 even though I still use it with that lens. These qualities make the use of the Lightware next to impossible with a wide angle, especially in situations where you need to be mobile with it. For this reason I ordered the AquaTech SS-Zoom, though I'm concerned about the lack of thought they've given to the camera strap. Cutting into the cover seems to defeat the entire point. Tough to say until I have it in my hands though.
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Ben Liebenberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 7:11 PM on 08.27.07
->> You spend thousands of dollars on gear. Why skimp on something that could possibly prevent you from having to replace all that gear because of water damage. Spend the extra money.

I have Aquatech and they work great but they are expensive. I will say that and for most people it is hard to come up with that kind of money. Probably run you close to 250 for a cover and eyepiece.

I would rather spend 250 then 7000 for a new 400.
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David Luoto, Photographer
Gastonia | NC | USA | Posted: 7:41 PM on 08.27.07
->> I have used Storm Jacket for two years and it's worked great for me. But I don't shoot much in the rain.

http://stormjacket.com/
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 11:05 PM on 08.27.07
->> Aquatech...no reason to debate...
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 11:18 PM on 08.27.07
->> "You spend thousands of dollars on gear. Why skimp on something that could possibly prevent you from having to replace all that gear because of water damage. Spend the extra money. "

I went with Aquatech because I figured after spending thousands for the camera and body, 10% of that cost to protect it in bad weather wasn't a bad deal.
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Adam Hemphill, Student/Intern, Photographer
Willimantic | CT | | Posted: 2:51 AM on 08.28.07
->> I used to have a Lightware cover for my 300 and I really enjoyed it.
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 8:44 AM on 08.28.07
->> Thanks for the info. Please remember -- my original question dealt with the ease of VERTICAL SHOOTING while using a rain cover (NOT the value of a rain cover). I'd appreciate some more feedback on the question.
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Paul Montague, Photographer
Swisher | IA | USA | Posted: 9:45 AM on 08.28.07
->> Dave,

The Tenba covers are really designed for horizontal use. They wrap around the lens and a flap covers the camera. When the camera is vetical, the flap thingie doesn't really work well. But the real pain in the rump is swinging it from horizontal to vertical and back when the 400's on a monopod. I think this would be true of any of these "flap" kind of covers.

The Aquatech's eliminate the problem by using an eyepiece adapter. I think these swing from vertical to horizontal much better than the others, too. One down side is that they're not really fast to put on and take off.

I haven't used the RainSleeve gizzies that Joshua mentioned, but it looks like they've solved the "flap problem" too. Not sure how well they'd swing from vertical to horizontal on a monopod, though.

By the way, trash bags really do work in a pinch.

Paul
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 10:26 AM on 08.28.07
->> When you make your purchase make sure you check to see if the rain coat you choose works well with the camera strap. On a 300, 400 or 600 it won't matter, but on your shorter lenses it will. The Aquatech has the ability to run the camera strap right through the rain coat so that you can hang the camera with a 16-35 or 70-200 around your neck or over your shoulder. Some of the other brands you can't...Dan.
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Randy Janoski, Photographer
Washington DC & Nashville | TN | USA | Posted: 10:54 AM on 08.28.07
->> In the last 8 or 10 years I've only used a rain cover a handful of times. Currently I have, (some place) Newswear covers.

Yes I (we) spend thousands on bodies and lenses, but in spending that amount I also rely and depend on the water and moisture protection that is now built into the equipment. Unless it's a long torrential downpour I don't bother putting a rain cover on my camera/lens set-ups at games or wherever (just blot your equipment off with the towel you carry at games, etc.). And in the past 10 years I've never had a problem or malfunction from exposure of rain or water.

I know most photographers would be shocked to see how much "rain" testing Canon puts the pro bodies and lenses through during R&D. After I had the opportunity to see it I knew rain covers are pretty much a mute point, unless I were to have a remote camera set up in a rain forest during the perpetual rain season. In this crazy Americanized marketing system manufactures know they can sell just about anything, think about it...some people even buy accessories for their accessories! When I'm out or get the chance to go into Roberts, Samy’s or B&H and see all those goodies I always fall back on that great statement attributed to PT Barnum.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 11:01 AM on 08.28.07
->> Dave,

When I first started using my Aquatech's with my 300 and 400, I figured they wouldn't work vertical so I just shot horizontal. Then, after getting tired of shooting horizontal and cropping to vertical every time I shot in the rain/snow, I decided to try rotating the lens/camera inside the Aquatech and realized that, hey, it works! Doh!

The zipper moves from the bottom to the side (IIRC) when rotated 90 degrees, which means it might be harder to reach inside the cover since you can't leave the zipper partially open in a hard rain, and your access might be limited due to the zipper needing to be closed (when shooting horizontal in lighter rain, you can leave the zipper mostly open, making getting in and out of the cover easier), but it is workable.

In any situation, it's undeniably more cumbersome than shooting without a cover, but it can be done.
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