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Apr 21, 2014 13:07 |  #1

I'm heading on a canoe trip in a few weeks and I want a camera bag that is waterproof and will float if we tip over. I'm packing a 7D, 70-200 f2.8, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 17-70 and a nifty fifty along with a 430 EXII and batteries.

I've looked at the LowePro DryZone 20L and it's about $120.

I won't always be on the water and I was thinking about a typical dry bag and then just putting my LowePro Slingshot 202 AW into it. That way when I'm not on the boat I can pack the dry bag up and throw the bag over my shoulder and use it normally.

At the same time, that seems like it might be a real pain to get to my gear if I'm on the boat and want to take a shot.

Any thoughts on this from people who have done this before would be appreciated. And if anyone knows of a good dry bag that can hold a bag like the 202AW that would be great too.


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Apr 21, 2014 13:28 |  #2

What I have done in the past is taken a removable insert like this one

http://www.amazon.com …eywords=camera+​bag+insert (external link)

And put it down into a dry bag backpack, I have this one which I wish was a bit smaller.

http://www.amazon.com …78&sr=8-7&keywords=drybag (external link)

stuff stays pretty easy to get to and the bag is easy to open/close. I have been fortunate and never had an incident with my camera in the bag when I have swamped my kayaks or canoes, but I have had other things like binoculars and foodstuffs go overboard in the bag. Everything stayed dry and was perfectly usable/edible when I recovered it.


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Apr 21, 2014 13:29 |  #3

I often kayak with my camera in a dry bag between my legs. I just put it in the bag with a 70-200 or 100-400 attached and maybe my 16-35 wrapped in a towel in the bottom of the bag to separate /pad it. Its quick and easy to get to for quick shots and which a bag in a bag will not be. Because if Im in a hurry I usually want a long lens that is what stays attached.


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Apr 21, 2014 14:50 as a reply to  @ MysticFalcon's post |  #4

Overboard (http://www.overboardus​a.com/backpacks/all-backpacks.html (external link) makes waterproof backpacks which are cheaper than the Lowepro and are really waterproof.




  
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Apr 21, 2014 14:52 |  #5

^ Those are awesome looking... might have to grab one of those.


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Apr 21, 2014 16:28 |  #6

This is what I use for rafting trips. An actual waterproof ziplock system. Not just a roll top, that will eventually leak.
http://drybags.com/pro​duct/FGW-KIT-CHAT.html (external link)


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Apr 21, 2014 16:53 |  #7

I've been pleased with my Dryzone 200


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Apr 21, 2014 18:32 |  #8

Lyle Krannichfeld wrote in post #16851109 (external link)
I've been pleased with my Dryzone 200

Yeah. That looks like a fantastic bag. The problem is, if I buy the bag, I can't afford the trip. :-P
I really don't expect to be doing this regularly, or even occasionally, or I would probably splurge.


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Apr 21, 2014 18:42 |  #9

Fair enough. My issue with dry bags is that if something goes really horribly wrong (submerged for more than a few seconds), I don't trust them. My other suggestion would be a Pelican of appropriate size. Bombproof, but unwieldy. I use a 1550 on a boat 3 to 4 days a week with my 17" MBP and camera gear, no problems. Much larger boats, so the bulky nature isn't a big deal most of the time.

A knowledgeable whitewater rafting guide and all around outdoorsy park ranger friend likes these bags: SealLine Black Canyon (external link)


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Apr 21, 2014 18:44 |  #10

-MountainDog- wrote in post #16851068 (external link)
This is what I use for rafting trips. An actual waterproof ziplock system. Not just a roll top, that will eventually leak.
http://drybags.com/pro​duct/FGW-KIT-CHAT.html (external link)

I've been very happy with my Watershed bag (without the photog insert) when Kayaking for the last year. Like MysticFalcon, it sits between my legs. I use the Chattooga bag with a piece of dense foam exercise mat curved around the bottom and sides of the bag. A gripped 7D with 100-400 fits quite nicely. There enough room for a lens pouch for the kit lens and another for batteries and such at each end. There is still room for a flash, Better Beamer, bottled water, energy bars, GPS, sunblock, etc.

My kayak is very stable and I'm usually in protected waters so the camera is taken out of the back after shoving off and I'm situated and comfortable. The camera goes back in the bag before heading ashore.


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Apr 22, 2014 01:29 |  #11

Seems like there are a lot of bags. I guess the next question is if I should expect them to sink or float if we flip the boat. A bag that would float and upright itself so that the closure itself isn't under water would be ideal I would think. Are these things air-tight so that if I have enough air in the bag I can expect that? Or should I plan on putting something like a kickball in the bag?


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Apr 22, 2014 03:21 |  #12

kfreels wrote in post #16851980 (external link)
Seems like there are a lot of bags. I guess the next question is if I should expect them to sink or float if we flip the boat. A bag that would float and upright itself so that the closure itself isn't under water would be ideal I would think. Are these things air-tight so that if I have enough air in the bag I can expect that? Or should I plan on putting something like a kickball in the bag?

As an avid kayaker/Sailor...
Will the bag sink or float? It really depends on how much gear you have vs. how much air you leave in the bag. I recommend you test it in your bathtub or sink before you put it in the water. If you force all the air out, most dry bags with camera gear or other tech gear will sink straight to the bottom! They are airtight. Seal one up (without gear) and put it under water. If air bubbles are coming out, water is getting in.

A properly sealed drybag will not leak as long as it's floating, even if it's floating upside down. That said, make sure you understand, and follow, the directions for properly closing them. A dirty sealing section or not putting the full number of folds in can guarantee wet gear and a wrecked day.

I use this: http://www.outex.com/ (external link)
It works great, and I know the camera itself is not going to get wet. It's a lot more rugged than any other solution anywhere near that price - next best thing to a full submersible housing. Mine only shows the viewfinder, not the rear LCD. I usually keep it on deck or between my legs when kayaking, and when sailing it stays in the cockpit with me. Any extra gear would go in a drybag in the bow of the kayak (less likely to get wet), or in a pelican case in the cabin if I'm on a sailboat.

They also make super absorbent packs (think disposable diapers) that you can put in your bags. As an 'oh ****' save method, they can help if the drybag doesn't properly seal.

That said, it's important to make sure your gear in the canoe is properly secured. If you turn turtle, the last thing you want is to have gear floating away while you're trying not to get sucked under! My biggest concern there wouldn't be water - it would be the gear bashing against rocks or debris while inside the drybag.


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Apr 22, 2014 03:55 |  #13

My dryzone 200 floats high with about 20# in it, for reference. Pelican floats. Can't speak to the others.


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Apr 22, 2014 06:34 |  #14

In my days of white water rafting (Colorado twice + many others) I used a 50 caliber ammo box. Having said that I'm not certain it would hold all your gear. I typically carried an SLR body and two lenses, one something like 24-105mm and one about 75-300mm. There was plenty of room for filters, film (yes, it was that long ago) and some other stuff not friendly with water. I had my box painted white and lashed it to the raft, dingy, or kayak or whatever my mode of transport was at the time. A few times it ended up in the water, even for extended periods, and I never found so much as a drop of water beyond the seals.

At least as of my last trip (1995), the ammo box was the recommendation of most of the Colorado River outfitters by the way. They even supplied them, although I chose to buy one.




  
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Apr 22, 2014 11:35 as a reply to  @ kfreels's post |  #15

If you can't afford a $300 case, then it stands to reason that you can't afford new camera gear. Considering how easy it is to roll a canoe and knowing that it's easy to get wet in a canoe without tipping, if I were in your shoes, I wouldn't even consider taking my gear out unless I was on shore.
Get a pelican case and know that your gear is save and dry when you need it. Lash it to the canoe in case you roll. If it comes loss, it will float downriver.


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