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Oct 18, 2013 15:27 as a reply to  @ post 16362594 |  #16

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Oct 18, 2013 16:50 |  #17

From a post in 2007. Actually, Op/Tech's rain covers made of thin plastic like a baggie are fantastic for quick jobs. With a tripod or for a lot of work, look below:

I tried a bunch of the covers, and here's a mini-review.

Canon ERC-E4S This was my favorite. It's made of light waterproof nylon, the lens tube closes with Velcro on an elastic strip. Very snug. There is a clear window in the back, and a fixed sealed eyepiece which fits the 7D and Mark III, and an adapter for other bodies. No possibility of a leak. It's very cool to have something that's made for Canons only. There is a clear window which you can coat with a plastic cleaner or spit or toothpaste or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to prevent fogging. The best thing is that the material is meant to drape over the camera and head, and extends 6"-12" over the legs. It means you can get both hands under to manipulate the body. That was my biggest complaint with the others, only right-sided dry control. The Canon material is thin enough that you can use this on a 24-105, and a 100-400L, @400mm with no problems at all. It folds to an 8.5 x 3" roll, and comes with a pouch for travel. It's very light, just a few ounces. This one may tear the easiest (hey, that's why God invented Gaffer's tape), but it's the easiest to work under, configure and pack. And it's the color of a white lens. $89.95

Aquatech Sport Shield F/200 This was my next favorite. Made of slightly thicker nylon than the Canon, it fits tightly around the camera and lens via zippers and an elastic sewn into the fabric near the bayonet mount. It has a clear window in the back, and the a neoprene hole to stretch around the eyepiece. A Thinktank eyepiece will work just as well as the Aquatech. The problem is that it has only a rightsided arm sleeve. If you want to preview an image, you have to press the button through the plastic screen. Very well made, but I didn't like that single arm hole and the inability to control the left side of the body. $149.95

ThinkTank Hydrophobia 70-200 This was the most complicated piece of business of the whole bunch. It has a zipper; multiple Velcro tabs; a strap to hold it to the lens from the inside; a strap to hold your camera strap on the inside!!!; a Velcro/Neoprene band around the lens near the hood; very heavy material, the best of the bunch. But though it was fine with the 100-400 (or a 70-200), scrunching up and pushing back the fabric made it really hard to use with a 24-105. The heavy fabric makes it bulky and it takes up twice the room in your suitcase as the Aquatech. It has a Neoprene hole for the eyepiece that you stretch around the eyepiece as with the Aquatech, but it has a plastic flap above the eyepiece to keep it dry when not in use. However, because of the placement of the Neoprene hole and the flap, the plastic window is obscured and I really couldn't make out the details of the back of the camera! It too has only a right arm hole. Plenty of buttons and straps, but what a pain in the a$$ to get on the camera...and then you can't see the back. $139.75

LensCoat Rain Coat Pro I'm pretty handy, and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to get this one on the camera! Really, and I tried. No instructions, unlike all the others, and, to say the least, it is not intuitive. It has a good securing band at the front of the lens, but has no plastic cover for the back of the camera. If you can get it on, I think the cover comes to the back edge of the body, but leaves it uncovered. I can't really rate this one, as I couldn't figure out how to configure it, let alone if it keeps out rain. Also, the material has the waterproof nylon on the inside, and some kind of Neoprene flocking on the outside. I don't get that. $79.99

For me, the Canon is the keeper, I don't know how well it will hold up with time, as it's the thinnest. And I always carry Gaffer's tape.
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Oct 19, 2013 09:36 |  #18

Good to know options above^^^.

I've used the OP/tech. However the string closure was not effective and the odd shape unnecessary. You'll need to use tape or rubber band around the lens anyway to truly protect your expensive glass from dust or rain. For that reason, I learned a plastic bag is just as effective. Nearly every hotel has the right size clear bags in the ice bucket or waste basket -- just ask housekeeping for an extra. Carry a strip of gaff tape around a pen, tripod or lens so it's always handy. Make a hole at the bottom of the bag and slip over your camera. Secure around lens with tape or rubber band. Make a nickel-size hole near the eyepiece and slip the rubber eyecup over it to secure in place.




  
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Oct 19, 2013 10:18 as a reply to  @ CAPhotog's post |  #19

The think tank rain cover is great for longer lenses (500mm f4). I use the canon rain cover for shorter lenses (200mm f2).


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Oct 26, 2013 05:58 as a reply to  @ post 16362594 |  #20

When using a tripod use a golf umbrella the clamp on type $6 at the sports authority. I use blue umbrellas 5500K. Keeps me dry or in the shade, and will accommodate long lenses.




  
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Oct 26, 2013 12:55 |  #21

1CanonDSLR wrote in post #16400221 (external link)
When using a tripod use a golf umbrella the clamp on type $6 at the sports authority. I use blue umbrellas 5500K. Keeps me dry or in the shade, and will accommodate long lenses.

I would still use a rain cover because the wind will blow rain onto the lens/ camera.


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Oct 26, 2013 13:40 |  #22

The Think Tank Hydrophobia is the best especially for the white lenses. I feel they are easy to use, after you get a hang of it. I had some Kata covers, but after 2 years of use you can´t see thorough the plastic and the viewfinder. Plastic bacame greyish.

I use hydrophobia mainly in heavy rain and some prewinter sleet weathers. In the winter when its -10 to -20 C and more, you don´t need them anymore. Just brush the snow off.

On the other hand I have no ideas what kind of raincover to buy to use with a short lens, like the 35L. I tried a few and didn´t like them. Hotels have disposable "shower caps". I have them with me just in case for the short lenses.


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Oct 28, 2013 03:44 |  #23

I use the Aquatech rain covers. They are well made, if a little expensive, but will offer great protection from heavy rain, snow, sand etc.




  
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