I asked this question a few months ago and got a limited response so I thought that I would give it a try again! I am attempting to find out from some experienced photogs out there that have had experiences with the advertised long rain lens covers. I've seen the Versa Rain cover, I 've seen the LL Rue advertised rain cover, The Laird rain cover (Krik web site?), nothing on Really Right Stuff's site, Unknown brand on the Kinesisgear site.
My question is: which is practical, functional and dependable?
To date I've used the ole' large size plastic garbage bag and thats way too flimsy! I'm trying to cover a F5 with either a TC 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter as well as the Nikon 400mm 2.8 ED-IF I lens with lens hood.
I have seen some cover that extend over to cover the camera & lens. It has a flip over camera cover and one cover even has a flip over material to keep the photographers head covered. I am not crazy about attaching velcro on the lens hood to keep the cover in place.
Has anyone out there used any of these covers I have mentioned? Are there any that I have not mentioned? Is there a material that I haven't experienced yet? I don't mind shelling out the $65.00 to $85.00 for a lens and camera cover just as long as its worth it and functional. What do ya say any suggestions?
Scroll down to see the 500/600mm lens C500 model ($105 at Adorama). EWA uses a substantial vinyl for their products, but I can't offer any help on the specifics you're asking about. You could email EWA or perhaps ask an Adorama or B&H sales rep to provide more info.
The EWA appears to be protective of the lens barrel and camera body with the exception of the lens hood! A heavy-duty nylon coated cover with some sort of rain repellant would be more flexible than the heavy vinyl (plastic) cover! $105.00 for a plastic cover is steep. Could the vinyl EWA cover stand up to the constant folding and un-folding that it would endure coming in and out of my camera bag or vest? I believe the nylon might!
I've seen some camo covers that seem protective and larger but the appropriateness of the camo pattern wouldn't be politically correct in an urban setting. The camo feature would be great if I were a Birder but I take my pictures in a high school football stadium.
I am just hoping there is someone out there that has used the various types of materials and could advise me as to their usefulness. Still hopin!
You have covered all bases. So it will be hard to expect too many more responses. Yes, the C-AFX Hurricane Photo Rain Cape for 35mm Manual & Auto Focus SLR Cameras with Up to 8" Lens & Shoe-Mounted Flash is USD125, however The C-AF Hurricane Photo Rain Cape for 35mm Manual & Auto Focus SLR Cameras with Up to 8" Lens is USD75, and ... The C-35 Economy Photo Rain Cape for 35mm Manual & Auto Focus SLR Cameras with Up to 6" Lens & Pop-Up Flash is only USD17.95 Me? I keep a huge Zip-Lock bag in my bag just in case.
Those are the EWA-Marines BJ was kind to refer you to. You can do a search at B&H, just type in EWA Marine and search in Photo, a whole list will come up. Same results if you search for "camera lens capes".
Thanks for the suggestion...only thing is how would I get close up on the field action. I am normally on the 40 yard line, while the action at times is beyond me on the 20 to say goal line! The Nikonos would be good for the inclement weather but beyond that it wouldn't be of much use. Thanks anyway.
Another though from left field... if there is a tent/awning shop in your area that does custom work you could draw up what you want and pick a waterproof tent fly material in a nice urban color. Or you could have them reproduce one of the camo jobs in a wiser color choice. You'd need to seal the seams, but depending on the fabric you could get something very waterproof.
Remember that waterproof material works to hold moisture in just a well as is holds it out. Condensation and the moisture you introduce from reaching in will accumulate. A breathable-waterproof fabric might be an option worth considering.
See my post on small lens, camera and flash protection. Without the flash mounted, the 30" umbrella may be enough to cover a long lens without wind blowing the rain into the lens. This approach sure is cheap!