I received all my camera & lens plates today from RRS. Nice stuff! It has not rained for the last week, guess what? This raining image started out as just a humorous type image but I kind of like it now.
This was taken on Sat before I had all the plates, so I couldn't use the pod yet. LOL on weather differences.....
>I need to get one of those also as my AF-I 400/2.8 is >not water resistant like the new ones.
I wouldn't say that the current 400mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR is water resistant either. In fact, the only Nikkor lenses that I would call water resistant are the lenses for the Nikonos series of under water cameras.
True, but most new Nikkors do have some moisture resistant sealing, maybe a better choice of words. My D4 and 24-70 AF-S G lens got a good soaking in the rain up in Door County last October, and I was surprised at how well they both repelled the water, but I did dry them out as soon as I was out of the rain. I'm not so sure the 400 would fair as well.
Photographer hid under a 12" roof eave. Lens is 30" long so it needed a rain coat. Can you tell me what is wrong with this picture? What ThinkTank needs to add to their line up?
The camera was outside for about 6 hours. I did not want to bring it in because I was concerned with the lens fogging up. Stayed bone dry.
I don't shoot in the rain or snow very often, but what this does for me is to allow me to walk deep into trails even with some threat of rain. Previously I had a problem with that. I used to carry a couple of large green trash bags but that was not a good solution.
This is also good for shooting on sandy beaches where even the slightest wind, that can come up at any time, will blow a lot of sand around.
This has turned out to be the best photo accessory I've bought in many years. I only regret I waited so long.
A Ziploc type bag? Really? But why not? I guess TT could improve upon that a bit.
But seriously, one accessory I can think of for both lens and camera would be a raincoat with a heating element (could be either sewn in or optionally installed using hook-and-loop fasteners, aka Velcro) to keep both warm during long outside stays in cold weather. Something like the heating tape that can be used to surround the front element of astronomical telescopes to prevent dew from forming. Plus battery, what's a couple more pounds?
Thu 18-Apr-13 10:29 AM | edited Thu 18-Apr-13 10:31 AM by nrothschild
While I'm thinking about it, note the condition of the LenmCoat LegCoats...
Some of that is neglect on my part. I should re-tape the inner pipe insulation foam to try to keep them sticking to the legs better. The way I carry my tripod (see my avatar) tends to make them ride up to the mount.
The design problem is the lack of nylon tape on the edges of the outer (camo or colored) thin neoprene layer. The edges should have been taped and sewn. Because of this, the outer layer quickly unravels, and once that starts, the camo/colored cloth starts to separate from the thin outer neoprene shell (the cloth is attached with an obviously inadequate adhesive, without taping).
At $50 a set I'm not anxious to replace them. And for 50 bucks I think they should have been taped. So I think I will just let them continue to unravel, and post pictures every now and then. Maybe I can shame them into building these properly.
I figure these LegCoats are good for maybe a year of moderate use before they start to fall apart.
Other than that I like the Leg Coats. If I had access to a heavy duty sewing machine and seamstress I would have taped them up when I got them. I knew, out of the bag, exactly what was going to happen (being a scuba diver and seeing this happen to low end wet suits).
Thanks for this post, I was thinking of buying the Leg wraps, as so far I cannot find any of the foam pipe insulation that will fit my 5 series Gitzo legs. Also makes me wonder about the quality of their raincoats for camera & lens.
As for heating the camera and lens while in the rain coats, maybe several hand warmer packs taped to the inside of the material, or maybe even sew pockets to hold them.
I hemmed and hawed at a local shop, trying to pick which one I wanted. I went with the flash model and if it gets much use I'll probably get the other one. The flash option is nice but it makes it cumbersome or somehow "not right" or "not optimum" when flash is not used. I'm preaching to the choir, of course, or you would not have both
Unfortunately we are seeing flooding here in several areas around the city and areas nearby. Fortunately I am in one of the higher elevations and do not expect any flooding at my house. But would sure like this rain to stop, we have gotten snow flurries all day but nothing accumulating, thankfully!