Apr 07 2011

Sew What? A Raincoat for Your Camera

Ah, spring! It’s good to see the roads losing their veneer of ice and the rivers running free again. But it’s not all blue skies and balmy breezes. Spring is a soggy season in this part of the world. Clinging mantles of fog lie long in the valleys, while cold rain falls as fast (and as often) as the rivers rise. And though I wouldn’t go quite as far as T.S. Eliot in branding April “the cruelest month,” I have to admit that the weather isn’t always kind. Wet and windy — those are the key words. Which isn’t a good reason in itself to stay indoors, of course. Most cyclists, canoeists and kayakers soon realize that if they wait for perfect weather, they’ll almost never go out, so they learn to cope. Good rain gear helps. It keep us dry and warm. But it’s only the start. Our stuff needs protection, too.

Shutterbugs have the hardest time. Water and electronics just don’t mix, and electronic circuits are the heart and brain of modern digital cameras. We’ve pretty much thrown off our old dependence on film, but a new addiction has replaced it: We’re now hooked on batteries. And a few drops of water in the wrong place can stop us in our tracks. Luckily, passing showers pose little threat to all‑weather photographers. Just tuck your camera under your jacket. Then, when you want to capture a shot in a swirling drizzle, unfurl your umbrella. But good as these stopgap solutions are, they’re still stopgaps. If you want to make certain you won’t miss opportunities, you’ll have to keep your camera out and ready at all times. Moreover, if you’re hoping to photograph wary wildlife, you don’t want to be waving an umbrella around, even if the wind isn’t blowing half a gale. So you’re left with a stark choice. Protect your camera and risk losing that shot of a lifetime. Or keep the camera handy and leave it to the uncertain mercy of wind and rain. (Owners of waterproof cameras will be feeling justifiably smug here, but not all good cameras are waterproof, and even when a camera body is advertised as “weatherproof,” the lens you attach to it may not be.) Is there a solution to this conundrum? Yes, and it’s surprisingly simple. Make a custom camera cover…Read more…

Camera Coat

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