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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gadget Bag: Preventive Medicine

Protect your camera from rain and snow

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Constructed from high-tech Aqua-Nylon fabric, Vortex Media Storm Jacket Camera Covers are popular because of their lightweight and rugged construction. They install quickly and easily, providing complete protection against rain, snow or harmful UV. They fold neatly for travel and store in an included pocket-sized carrying case. Storm Jacket Camera Covers are available in five sizes, four colors and two models to suit every SLR. The camouflage version also provides concealment when you're sitting in a blind or stalking wildlife. All models include bungee closures at each end. The PRO Model has a Velcro® opening on the bottom to accommodate a lens-mounted tripod or monopod. Estimated Street Price: $36 to $59.

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The Camera Duck SLRB All Weather Cover is designed to protect a digital SLR camera and lens up to about 200mm from light rain, snow, dust and cold weather down to about 10° F. It's made of waterproof ripstop nylon and features mesh pockets that can hold up to four air-activated warmer packs (sold separately), which makes it a great choice for colder climates. The warmer packs, which provide up to 24 hours of gentle heat, can be resealed and reused. Estimated Street Price: $119.

The Kata E-702 Pro Light Rain Cover slips quickly over a pro-sized camera and lens (up to 200mm) through the zippered bottom. Two spacious side sleeves provide easy access to all camera controls, and a transparent protective window allows visual access to the LCD. An adjustable stiff hood fits a variety of lens diameters. Camera operation remains exactly the same when using the E-702 because your hands touch the camera directly. Estimated Street Price: $69.

Taking an entirely different approach, the Probrella DSLR camera protection system protects your camera from the sun, rain or light snow. The unique mounting mechanism rotates 360º to provide complete adjustability. Available in two sizes, the smaller Popabrella 100 fits all compact still and video cameras and attaches to the tripod socket. The Probrella 200, with its 22-inch wingspan, fits all DSLRs and larger video cameras. Estimated Street Price: $19 (Popabrella); $29 (Probrella).

Is an underwater housing the answer? Custom-fit housings are available for many cameras, including a number of popular point-and-shoot models. They're more expensive than any of the solutions mentioned here, and they're typically large and boxy. On the plus side, they're fully submersible and perfect for swimming pools and snorkeling—and ideal for skiing and canoeing.


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