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Rain Cover/hood For 400/500mm Lens And Camera?  
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 37
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5304 times:

The other day I was out for the first time in weeks doing some photography.

It was raining, and I was struggling with trying to keep the camera and lens dry.

Although it all worked fine (and the camera/lens is properly sealed against weather), I ended up covering it with a heavy towel clipped around it. This sort of worked - but it was really cumbersome, and it wouldn't be any good in much heavier rain.

Got me wondering, are there any suitable rain-covers/hoods available for 400mm/500mm size lenses and camera?

I've got a Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm lens which I use on a Nikon D3 size camera (D700+MB-D10) with a teleconverter, all mounted on a monopod.

I'm interesting in one that still gives me the ability to fairly easily zoom the lens. I haven't seen any in the local "pro" stores.

I'm not worried by cost - after all, it's cheap compared with the equipment I'm using.

[Edited 2009-10-11 23:49:01 by cpd]

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User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1745 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5245 times:
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Look at the Kata elements rain cover with an extension pack.


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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

I just had a look at Think Tank:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/produc...ydrophobia-300-600-rain-cover.aspx

Any good? It appears to be well constructed - but they don't ship to Australia, nor do they have local retailers (closest is in Auckland, New Zealand so it seems).

I'll take a look at Kata if I can find them.

Thanks for the advice.  Smile


User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

http://www.lightwareinc.com/site/ind...g%20Lenses|Rain%20Covers&Cat_ID=13

j



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User currently offlineAlevik From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 1040 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5209 times:
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Search the threads on www.sportsshooter.com message board. Lots of discussion about this kind of thing there.


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User currently offlineNicolasRubio From Argentina, joined Sep 2005, 585 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5195 times:

I wouldn't bother with that equipment unless you are either under the rain for a long period of time or under a VERY heavy rain. That camera and lens where designed to withstand very heavy rain.

Now, back to the raincover: I'd suggest you to go with the Think Tank Hydrophobia, but I don't know how well it does with zoom lenses. It is U$D 185 with the eyepiece (USA price).

Nicolas Rubio



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks ago) and read 5180 times:



Quoting NicolasRubio (Reply 5):
Now, back to the raincover: I'd suggest you to go with the Think Tank Hydrophobia,

Don't know either how it works with zoom lenses but with a 600mm prime works like a breeze. Heavy downpoor, not a problem. I have had it for about year now and it served me well....

Vasco


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5158 times:



Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 6):
Don't know either how it works with zoom lenses

Fortunately, my zoom lens doesn't zoom-externally, it is fixed external length (internal zoom and focusing).


I've been contacted by Think Tank Photo, they've given me a list of people who should be able to get one for me in 3-5 weeks.  Smile

Thanks all.  Smile

Regards,
Chris.


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