OwensSi wrote in post #12854078
-im not doing well with money so does anyone have any cheap ideas to keep my gear safe?!
Keep everything in your hotel room, in your vehicle, or on your person, and nowhere else. PSP does not provide media accommodations and theft is a common issue at paintball events.
Even if you do place yourself away from lanes and in front of tape players, you're still going to get hit on occasion. Paintballs bounce off of bunkers (especially Doritos) and players will run by with a line of fire chasing after them. It happens. More importantly, there may be something to shoot while paint is coming your way, and you're not going to get anything with the camera held away.
To protect the camera on the field, I swear by the Kata E-702, but not everyone likes it. It protects the camera, lens body, and your hands, without sacrificing much in the way of mobility. Just expect to have to cut a hole for the viewfinder: http://www.mikedeep.com …13_3Cakz#1246811254_rsjEz
Always always always use your lens hood.
Filters are useless and even counterproductive against impacts, but useful if rain/dirt/spray force frequent cleanings.
-also i read somewhere that i should keep my settings around 1/800 at least?!
If you'd like to freeze action, yes...
-thinking about picking up a 1d mkIIn before as well. good idea?
A 1-series will be more useful for focus tracking and frame rate.
OwensSi wrote in post #12858100
but say the camera or lens does get hit, what should I do? paintballs are made of fish oil so i feel like that would be a PITA
I carry lens cleaning solution, residual oil remover (ROR), lens tissues (or kim wipes), a lens pen, and a microfiber cloth. I use the lens cleaner, ROR, lens tissues and lens pen to clean the front element, and the microfiber to clean non-optical surfaces (camera body, displays, etc.). Microfiber loves to grab and hold on to dirt and debris, so I wouldn't recommend using it to clean lenses on a paintball field.
For direct lens or hood hits: Remove any shell pieces by hand, then wipe the bulk of the paint off with a dry lens tissue. You'll be left with pretty nasty paint streaks on the glass. Clean those up with lens cleaner and/or ROR, sprayed on a lens tissue. Don't use one portion of a lens tissue any more than once, or you'll just spread residue back on the lens. You may need to wipe off the filter threads to keep from spreading paint around again as you clean.