Weather proofing bag for 300D - any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by DJ, Jul 29, 2004.

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    DJ Guest

    I'm going on holidays to India in about a month and hoping to get a lots of
    good. photos. However, I expect it could be quite rainy so I want to protect my
    dRebel from the weather.

    Does anyopne have experinece with any products that do this. I've been peeking
    at a couple of products online but they look horrifically expensive and may not
    even be suitable for my camera. I wondered about trying to make something but I
    can see thant turning into a drama at best, disaster at worst.
    DJ, Jul 29, 2004
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    If you'll be carrying a backpack/bookbag, or something else into which you
    could put a small box, browse here:

    Their products were initially designed for white water rafting. They work.
    The company's now branched off into other directions, including small boxes
    for photo equipment. Great stuff.
    Doug Kanter, Jul 29, 2004
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    Matt Ion Guest

    I have a Lowepro Nova 3 AW bag with the same feature. It's a standard
    flip-lid camera bag with velcro dividers, fits my DRebel with its lens and
    Canon 75-300 zoom, Speedlite 420EX, a spare mini-flash with slave trigger,
    several four-packs of AA batteries (for the flashes), all my cables, and
    assorted filters and cleaning accessories.

    The flip-top lid has a "lip" that overlaps the top of the bag and then zips
    up to help keep water out, plus a flap that clips shut in the front, and
    also has the same built-in "raincoat" - a nylon "baggie" that stores away in
    a zippered compartment on the bottom edge of the bag and encloses the whole
    bag nicely.

    One thing I do as well to help keep things dry: I've collected several of
    those little silica-gel packs (various things I buy for work include them)
    and drop one into each barricaded-off area of my camera bag: one of the
    bottom of the short-zoom compartment, one of the bottom of the long-zoom
    compartment, and so on.
    Matt Ion, Jul 29, 2004
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    Check around at some gun shops & sporting goods stores. I believe it was
    Galyan's or Gander Mountain where I found silica gel packed in metal cases
    about the size of a tin of Altoids. The cases have a small round window so
    you can see when the crystals change color and need to be tossed in the oven
    to be dried.

    Here's a reliable online source:
    Doug Kanter, Jul 29, 2004
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    DJ Guest

    Thank you for suggestions so far. I must have mis-stated the question though. I
    meant the sort of thing the camera has on while I shoot, not a carry bag.
    DJ, Jul 29, 2004
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    Doug Kanter Guest

    Don't know the exact name, but there's a newsgroup for photojournalists.
    Maybe someone there can give you some ideas, other than an underwater box.
    Doug Kanter, Jul 29, 2004
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    DJ Guest

    Thanks Charlie, the Optec Weather Guard is a product I was not aware of.
    DJ, Jul 30, 2004
  8. So it is official now

    This brand of camera is for bag people

    great marketing ploy

    it is also a very good place to keep the grey cards, polarizing filters and
    another bag just in case the first one gets wet on the inside



    Arty Phacting, Jul 30, 2004
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    Hils Guest

    DJ wrote
    Take a look here, Kevin's range includes waterproof and camouflaged
    camera, lens and tripod covers. I'm expecting delivery of some stuff in
    a few days, but we're at the start of a dry spell of weather here so I
    may not be able to give it a hard test for a while. :)
    Hils, Jul 30, 2004
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