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Monday, June 18, 2007

Protection In The Field

Protection In The Field

Protection In The Field

Q) While looking at the way plastic food wrap clings to just about anything, it occurred to me that this is a great way to protect one’s camera from the rain. It’s thin enough to allow normal operation of the switches and buttons.

A) If you can get the plastic wrap off the roll in a big enough piece (I have trouble with that), your idea is great for working with normal to wide-angle lenses. Be sure you leave the front element uncovered! It’s probably not a solution for lenses of longer focal lengths, however.

An exceptional cover for working with cameras in the rain is the Kata Elements Cover E-690 (for small D-SLRs with a small lens) and E-702 (which protects more substantial advanced/pro SLRs with lenses up to 200mm). Through side sleeves, these covers allow you to get your hands inside to have dry access to all the camera’s controls. An accessory lens sleeve kit (E-704) expands the protection up to 650mm. For more information, visit www.kata-bags.com.

There are a number of other camera-protection systems on the market. Some of these are the AquaTech Sports Shield (www.aquatech.com), the Storm Jacket (www.stormjacket.com), the Laird Rain Hood (www.apogeephoto.com/laird_photo.htm) and Tenba Rain Covers (www.tenba.com).

A two-image panorama of Akaka Falls on the Island of Hawaii was taken during light rain using a Kata cover on my camera. Many times the lighting with overcast conditions gives a soft light that’s preferred to harsh sunlight. This was one of those days. The camera used was a Canon EOS-1D MKII and a 28-135mm lens (60mm). The exposure was 1 sec. at ƒ/16 for both images.

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