Nikonians Moderators Victor Newman and Martin Turner recently teamed up to share their thoughts on the new Hydrophobia70-200 rain cover from Think Tank Photo. Victor wrote the main review, and was supported by Martin's product shots and caption material (as well as his own personal conclusions). In case anyone notices that Martin's "English" is a bit different in style and spelling, that's because he's from the United Kingdom.
|Do you ever wish life came with more labels? The hydrophobia does — big, bright blue labels telling you how to use it. Although this might seem a little gaudy, it sure beats a user manual (grip the item with your right finger by sproggett 1 etc). In this picture I've (evidently) mounted it on a tripod, and pulled out the extra lens cover which normally sits tucked away. That's the bit hanging down. On the right is the lens; on the left is the camera, and the bit that looks like part of an old-fashioned film changing bag is where you put your hand. -Martin|
We'll start with Martin's major observations first:
The Think Tank 70-200 Hydrophobia is a heavily rubberised nylon cover designed for a Nikon deep body SLR, such as a D3, fitted with a 70-200 lens, for prolonged use in the heaviest imaginable rain conditions.
It will work with shallow body cameras such as the D700, and with shorter lenses, such as the 24-70, and, because it generously fits the 70-200 even with the hood on, it would work with a longer lens, though not with a substantially fatter lens.
It's heavily engineered for a long life, and with various additions, such as a place to store your main camera strap, an alternative square fitting for shallow-body camera eyepieces, and an end cover, but it will scrunch up quite small if you need it to. The whole thing is very light — not something which you are going to wish you hadn't brought on a long day of photography. Aside from a very small couple of niggles, I wholeheartedly endorse this — it's good kit, and fills a hole in the market.