Think Tank: To most English-speaking people, the phrase conjures images of an institution, often politically-oriented, of intellectuals, thinkers and theorists. To savvy photographers it simply means the best and most ingenuously-designed photo accessories anywhere.
Think Tank's newest offering, the Hydrophobia 70-200 rain cover, is no exception to their well-known track record of supplying the best equipment of its type.. A cover for professional DSLRs with an attached lens the size of a typical 70-200mm f/2.8, this is yet another example of the company's ability to consistently turn out equipment of the highest quality and outstanding functionality.
For some time I have owned and used Think Tank's Hydrophobia 300-600. I have found it to be far superior to an equivalent rain cover from a competing manufacturer. With this experience behind me, I had high expectations when I found out I would get to test this new cover. I was not disappointed.
Upon unpacking and laying out the cover, it's immediately evident that this cover is made from the same material as the Hydrophobia 300-600—a sort of rip-stop nylon that's light weight and nicely flexible. The next thing I noticed is that, like its larger brother, it has an integral Velcro-closured pouch for storing the camera's standard eyepiece cover while the required Think Tank eyepiece adapter (which must be purchased separately) is in use. And most notably of all, the Hydrophobia 70-200 incorporates a very clever integrated neckstrap that makes carrying the assembly much, much easier than trying to use your own neckstrap through the rain cover.
|Going round the front — do you see what I mean about it being clearly labeled? — You tighten the end of the lens cover with a velcro-ised strap. I had to have a couple of goes at this, because the style of hood on the 70-200 means you can easily get bits of the strap over the lens. Once fitted, though, it sits nicely. -Martin|
The Hydrophobia 70-200, unlike its closest competitor, provides the user with two openings to access the camera. Upon using the cover, I found this to be even more beneficial than I ever expected. Battery changes, in particular, are much easier with the Hydrophobia.
A very large clear window at the rear affords a great view of the back of the camera, making it easy to see the
|The rear clear window on the back is certainly clear enough to see the camera controls and the menus, but you won't want to be carefully checking the focus. On the other hand, your chances of doing this in a rainstorm weren't good anyway. -Martin|
screen and buttons. I tested the cover in a snowstorm and temperatures around 30 deg. F and found the window to remain nice and flexible. And a flip-down eyepiece cover, secured in both positions by Velcro, make for the final touch in terms of protecting the camera body in any conditions you care to subject yourself to.
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