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Shooting in the rain....ideas?
Alex Edelman, Photographer, Student/Intern
Burlington | VT | United States | Posted: 8:59 PM on 09.18.12
->> Today I shot college soccer in the rain and I decided never again will I spend time wrapping my gear in kitchen wrap. I dont want to spend a few grand to cover my bodies and lenses. Any ideas? Thanks
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 9:09 PM on 09.18.12
->> Thinktank Hydrophobia ... two sizes ... awesome protection ... available at all the usual photo store sources or direct from TT ... best gear ever IMHO ...

www.thinktankphoto.com
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John Tucker, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cordova | TN | USA | Posted: 9:27 PM on 09.18.12
->> Kata makes a good raincoat.....knockoffs on eBay work well too for a lot less. Shot the Nashvegas triathlon in pouring rain and never got wet (camera body and lens)....I, myself was soaked!
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Raeford | NC | USA | Posted: 9:46 PM on 09.18.12
->> I'm not sure about long term weather solutions, but I never leave home without a package of the op/tech USA Rainsleeves (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/469774-REG/OP_TECH_USA_9001132_18_Rai...) They're cheap, take almost no space in a bag and are great in a pinch (and look better than trash bags and duct tape).
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Carl Auer, Photographer
Arvada | CO | USA | Posted: 9:54 PM on 09.18.12
->> I had the Kata for years, and it was good for the first couple years, but the plastic started to get dirty and foggy, even if I cleaned it. Nice thing about the Kata was I could roll it up and it would wrap around my monopod so if I did not need it, it was out of the way.

I use to go to Walmart, get a pair of rain pants, the cheap ones, and put my 300 2.8 in it, cut the pant leg off long enough to cover my lens and camera body, and cut a little hole to stick the foot of the tripod ring out to throw on a monopod. Two pant legs, a little duct tape covering the cuts and it would last me an entire little league baseball season in rainy south central Alaska, for about $11. flashzebra.com also sells some cheap rain covers for like $6 ($7 for camera, lens and flash).
http://flashzebra.com/products/0245/index.shtml

When I was starting out in high school, a couple rubber bands, and some empty bread bags covered my gear fine, but it was a pain to change rolls of film in a downpour with a bread bag on my camera..
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 10:30 PM on 09.18.12
->> "a few grand"? what in the world are you thinking about purchasing? an underwater housing?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:38 PM on 09.18.12
->> Take two Began clamps and mount them face to face with a flush stud. Then clamp one to your monopod and the other to the handle of a golf umbrella. As you move and pan so does the umbrella keeping both you and your 400mm dry.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:39 PM on 09.18.12
->> Bogan clamps
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 10:40 PM on 09.18.12
->> Doug, that sounds like a great idea...but I don't think I've been in any stadium (football or soccer) in years that allows umbrellas on the sidelines/end zones.
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Kurt Rivers, Photographer
Ormond Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 10:46 PM on 09.18.12
->> I have seen people shoot with an umbrella at world cup soccer qualifiers behind the banner/barricade with the umbrella reaching over the barricade. I don't know how they allowed it but they did.

I would look at the think tank gear. Seems well made and easy to use compared to other rain gear set ups.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:10 PM on 09.18.12
->> Chuck...

Have never had a problem with using an umbrella here in Utah on the sidelines or end zones -- football or soccer.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 11:36 PM on 09.18.12
->> What Butch Miller said x2.
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 12:17 AM on 09.19.12
->> Doug, I suspect there's a matter of degree at work with the Umbrella Question. High school - why not? D-II college - maybe. D-I, NFL - Whaddya? kiddin?
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Walt Middleton, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 1:03 AM on 09.19.12
->> Can't go wrong with Aquatech...
Buy then once and well... Mine have lasted a very long time... And they still look good...
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James Durbin, Photographer
Midland | Texas | USA | Posted: 1:57 AM on 09.19.12
->> I may be crazy but I have never actually covered my equipment, and I have shot in downpouring rain many times. Never had a camera failure due to weather. I guess I place a high level of trust in Canon's 1D weather sealing. If it really comes down to it I have a plastic bag on hand usually, that does the trick.
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Margaret Bowles, Photographer
Tampa | FL | | Posted: 9:35 AM on 09.19.12
->> Stormjackets are simple to put on and are easily stowed and carried. There's no eyepiece to mess with, and they are reasonably priced, too.

http://www.warmcards.com/SJ_ORDER.html
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 9:37 AM on 09.19.12
->> I have 3 Aquatech covers. The 70-200, 300 and Robert's used 600. Every 6 months I hang them up, brush them off and spray them with 2 coats of Colemans tent water proofer. let 'em dry and put them back in the mesh bags.

I've tried the umbrella rig... only place you're taking it around here is a high school game. Even then if you are allowed (or expected) to get in the player's box and shoot close in with the team it's just too cumbersome. Don't even think of doing it at Gillette.

As a side note, I've fallen in love with shooting my D3's with the Aquatech NEP-1 eyepiece in place no matter what the weather is. The soft foam makes for a great light seal and even better when it's super hot and humid it absorbs the sweat that would otherwise run into my eye...

Also while I'm on the whole Aquatech kick.... If anyone is shooting Nikon D2/3/4 bodies and wants to save a bucket of cash... I found that Polaroid makes a right angle finder that is available for $50... None of the 5 adapters will fit the round eyepiece on the Nikon BUT.... you can use a NEP-1 as a go-between and it works great. Used this for golf at the beginning of the month and I was very happy. Email me for details or if there is interest I'll put a photo up on my member page of the setup...
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Efong Chiu, Photographer
La Habra | CA | USA | Posted: 10:36 AM on 09.19.12
->> I use a Canon clone. Worked well in a recent regatta race where I was taking in constant ocean spray. This from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006SMKCF2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 11:29 AM on 09.19.12
->> I've found the cheapest thing to do is laugh at the clouds, so dark above, and walk down the lane with a happy refrain. But hey, that's just me.
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Trevor Brown, Photographer, Assistant
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 12:52 PM on 09.19.12
->> The only time I've ever used my aquatech is when it is ABSOLUTELY POURING. If it's raining, but not a downpour, I just cover my 400 with a small towel that's just big enough to cover from the hood/front part of the barrel of the lens to right around the mount. Works like a charm and isn't cumbersome at all. If you don't have one on hand, most stadium's kitchens will give you a couple towels as long as you bring them back.

Never had an issue with the gear getting too wet.

Hope that helps.
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 4:21 PM on 09.19.12
->> I second Joshua Brown's idea...I've had these about 3 years...cheap and clear so you don't have to lift them up to see the viewfinder...everything stays covered
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Tom Hogan, Photographer, Photo Editor
El Dorado Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 4:50 PM on 09.19.12
->> Flex Lens Shade to keep water off the glass, www.flexlensshade.com or found at B&H and Adorama.
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 5:41 PM on 09.19.12
->> I second Margaret's reccomendation for the Storm Jacket covers as a convenient and cost effective solution. The storm jackets fold into a small zipper pouch with a clip on it, and the pouch is roughly the size of a wallet only slighty thicker.

The best part about the Storm Jacket covers is that they are so easy to keep with you. I attached a split ring (key chain ring) to my monopod, and I use the small clips on the Storm Jacket cases to attach the one for my 300mm and 70-200mm lens onto the ring. I have a pouch on my belt that holds a wide angle lens, cards, a spare camera battery, and my 1.4x and 2x teleconverters and I clip the Storm Jacket case for my wide angle lens onto the outside of this pouch.

This way, every time I go to shoot a football game or other outdoor sport my rain covers are always with me, practically weightless, and never a nuisance when they are not currently in use.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 7:26 PM on 09.19.12
->> I don't work in the rain. 8)
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 11:02 PM on 09.19.12
->> And I think I know why, Chuck ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7GJcKuVGm8
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