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Mark Sincevich

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Digital Rain Gear

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Reports abound about consumers dropping their digital cameras in the toilet, in swimming pools, or spilling water or another liquid on them. Besides a drop from a table or chair, there is no greater danger to your digital camera than water. Sure, if you have a top of the line DSLR (digital single lens reflex) with the proper weather seals, you can minimize the interiors exposure to water.

However, all digital cameras will stop working with only slight water exposure. The best thing you can do is to protect your camera and lenses from the rain, snow, and moisture by investing in the proper gear beyond grabbing a plastic bag when you get caught in a downpour. Protecting your DSLR camera from the elements really comes in two phases.

First, you need to protect your camera, lenses, and accessories from the elements, so there are protective cases highlighted from such manufacturers as HPRC and Lowepro. These cases are designed so your camera doesn’t get wet when you are traveling from one location to another. The Best of the Best Rain Gear for your digital camera is the HPRC 3500DK ‘hard shell’ backpack. It is virtually indestructible and will keep your digital camera investment safe and secure. The Lowepro takes the idea of a hard case a step further by allowing you to use the interior contents in two ways. You have the option to use it as a belt pack or a shoulder bag and can accommodate a minimum of two SLR camera bodies, lenses, and accessories.

The second phase of protection for digital camera rain gear is when you take your camera out of its waterproof case and decide to use it in the field. Beyond the proverbial plastic bag, you need something that helps to prevent the camera from being besieged by constant downpours and snowstorms. A good choice would be the Kata E-702 Elements Cover with the Kata E-704 Lens Sleeve Kit. These products feature a waterproof cover with adjusters and pull cords and are easy to store. For more extreme weather, consider the AquaTech SS-300 sport shield allowing photographers to work in downpours.

When you combine a waterproof case with a waterproof sleeve or cover, you are assured your digital camera will be protected from the elements, most notably water and moisture. Please note the Best of the Best section for Rain Gear is designed for DSLRs while the Best of the Rest is designed mostly for consumer digital cameras.

Best Digital Rain Gear by Mark Sincevich

The Best You Can Get

  • HPRC 3500DK Backpack

    Mark says: The 3500DK backpack from HPRC is an injection molded camera backpack and case that is watertight, airtight, and crushproof. It’s virtually indestructible. Made with anti-bacterial foam, it has a micro-textured surface to reduce scratches, and even has an air pressure release valve! Comes with PortaBrace LongLife Divider Kit for camera and accessories.

    • Color: Black
    • Dimensions: 17 x 14.6 x 7.3 inches
    • Material: TTX01 polypropylene plastic resin
    • Attached via: Backpack
  • Kata E-702 Elements Cover

    Mark says: Kata’s products are easy to store and are designed for harsh weather conditions with any sized DSLR and lens. The Elements Cover is easily secured with adjusters and pull cords. A handy feature is access to the camera and lens via two side sleeves. For long lenses, there is an additional E-704 Lens Sleeve Kit to add to the Elements Cover. Keep in mind these are two separate products, so you must purchase the Kata E-702 elements cover and then the E-704 lens sleeve kit to complete the set.

    • Color: Black
    • Dimensions: Not specified by manufacturer
    • Material: Waterproof cover with adjusters and pull cords
    • Attached via: Sheath around camera and lens
  • AquaTech SS-300 Sport Shield

    Mark says: Designed for a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera with a lens up to 300mm f/2.8. The AquaTech SS-300 Sport Shield is a sheath fitting over your camera and lens so you can take photographs even in a downpour. It has YKK weatherproof zippers for easy removal. Remember to purchase a separate eyepiece to hold the cover to the camera.

    • Color: Navy, Camouflage
    • Dimensions: 15 x 6 inches
    • Material: High-quality, 3-ply, waterproof, & breathable fabric
    • Attached via: Sheath around camera and lens
  • Ewa-Marine C-AFX100 Rain Cape

    Mark says: The Ewa-Marine C-AFX100 Rain Cape offers ideal rain protection for event and portrait photography. It will protect the DSLR camera affixed with a variable zoom lens and a flashgun from rain, snow, and the other elements. The PVC material has an optically neutral flat glass port designed to protect the lens against water. The cape allows handheld and tripod operation and a 77mm adapter ring is included.

    • Color: Clear
    • Dimensions: 12 x 3.0 through 6.0 x 7 inches
    • Material: Double laminated PVC
    • Attached via: Camera/flash holder with carry strap
  • Lowepro Omni Sport with Extreme Case

    Mark says: The Lowepro Omni Sport with Extreme Case is a well-designed system featuring a waterproof hard shell case on the outside that is unbreakable, airtight, watertight dustproof, and chemical resistant. On the inside there is a slim, attaché style belt pack and shoulder bag. The exterior case is designed to float in saltwater and is designed for two SLR camera bodies, two to three lenses, and accessories.

    • Color: Black
    • Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 11 5/8 x 6 inches
    • Material: 600 denier TXP nylon with a foam padded interior
    • Attached via: Hard case with a belt pack and shoulder bag

You will be happy with any of these

  • Pelican 1200 Small Protector with Foam

    Mark says: The Pelican 1200 Small Protector case is unbreakable, watertight, airtight, dustproof, and chemical proof. It has a 0.25 inch neoprene o-ring with an automatic purge valve for changes in atmospheric pressure. The case even floats in saltwater with five pounds! It has double latches and includes a three-piece polyurethane foam set allowing for molding around the camera. The case also has an amazing temperature rating from -10 to 210 degrees F.

    • Color: Black, Silver, Orange, Yellow, OD Green, Desert Tan
    • Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 6 9/16 x 3 9/16 inches
    • Material: High-impact structural copolymer polypropylene
    • Attached via: Hard case with a handle
  • DiCapac WP-410 Waterproof Case

    Mark says: The DiCapac WP-410 Waterproof Case is perfect for a compact point and shoot camera that is in operation anywhere near water. Designed for cameras with an extended zoom lens, it is compatible with cameras no larger than 7.48 inches. You literally take photos while your camera is inside this case.

    • Color: Clear Black
    • Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.13 x .71 inches
    • Material: PVC vinyl with a polycarbonate lens
    • Attached via: None (must be handheld)
  • Pelican 1430NF Top Loader Case

    Mark says: Top loading for easier access, the Pelican 1430NF Top Loader Case is unbreakable, watertight, airtight, dustproof, and chemical proof. It has a 0.25 inch neoprene o-ring with an automatic purge valve for changes in atmospheric pressure. The case floats in saltwater with an astounding 59 pounds! This model comes without the foam inside for more camera gear. It also has an amazing temperature rating from -10 to 210 degrees F.

    • Color: Yellow, Orange, White, Black, Desert Tan, OD Green
    • Dimensions: 16.93 x 9.61 x 13.42 inches
    • Material: Ultra high-impact copolymer
    • Attached via: Folding handle and comfortable strap
  • Domke Dri-Safe Case, Large

    Mark says: The large Domke Dri-Safe Case is an all weather case for digital cameras and accessories. It is constructed with a waterproof Hydro-Lock liner layered on the outside with rip stop nylon on the inside. The closed cell foam design provides protective cushioning and shock absorption. It floats when properly sealed with contents up to one pound.

    • Color: Black, Yellow
    • Dimensions: 7 x 7.5 x 3.25 inches
    • Material: 420 Denier pack cloth
    • Attached via: Shoulder strap with a quick release buckle
  • Pelican 1060 Micro Case

    Mark says: Designed for consumer digital cameras the Pelican 1060 Micro Case will keep out moisture and water. Your digital camera will be protected from the rain and water as well as other elements. It is watertight up to depths of three feet in case your camera in its case falls in the water.

    • Color: Clear w/Black, Clear w/Yellow, Clear w/Blue, Solid Black
    • Dimensions: 9 3/8 x 5 9/16 x 2 5/8 inches
    • Material: Polycarbonate with foam liner
    • Attached via: Handheld

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