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|| News Item: Posted 2002-01-23

New Rain Cover from Down Under
By Robert Beck, Sports Illustrated

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Alright boys and girls --- winter is here and you what that means. Crappy weather!

Winter Olympics! Rain on the golf course! And now, available for the first time, a rain cover for your cameras that really works!

The guys at Aquatech (yes, the same guys that will build you a waterproof housing for your camera or mini-DV camera) have developed a rain cover that fits your camera and lens like a glove and keeps it dry.

Right now they have sizes to fit 400mm 2.8's, 300 2.8's and 80-200
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zooms. The covers have clear windows on the top to view your camera's control windows and a window on the backside to chimp/check your digi-images if you so desire.

Special eyepieces are made for both Canon and Nikon bodies to keep the cover tight against the viewfinder. That way you are never trying to find "the hole" in the fabric to look through. It is always in one place, right where it should be. A flap comes down over the eyepiece to keep it dry when not in use.

A zipper along the bottom of the lens area and body area makes it easy to get your camera in and out. The 400 and 300 covers have bottom holes for monopods. In a pinch, the 400 cover will also fit a 600 f4. The waterproof fabric is so supple that you can operate the camera's functions from the outside if you wish.

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Each cover does have a hole for your hand which can be cinched up as tight as you want. Neoprene and Velcro keep the cover snug around the front of the lens. Want to add a flash? No problem. You can get a clear cover to fit a flash that cinches on the bottom and fits through a slit on the zoom cover. Now you can shoot in the Super Bowl locker room and not get your camera or flash gooked up with beer, champagne or piss!

Got more questions? Wanna buy one? Get in touch with the gents at Aquatech. Here's how: phone/fax 714-418-9046 or order on-line on their web site at: Or e-mail the company at: mail:

(Robert Beck, when not trampling the fairway grass at the top PGA stops across the country, surfs near his home-base north of San Diego, CA.)

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