inclimant weather

5 months 3 weeks ago #662124 by Blistered_Feet
This is an odd question because I don't know anyone willing to risk their equipment, but I was hoping someone might have an idea. I'd say it's not quite stupid but probably borders on impossible. Essentially, I would like to know if there is a way to protect my camera and lenses without manufactured equipment (like how people build shadowboxes or functioning pinhole cameras) when the weather can turn bad very quickly. Here's why I ask:

I've been dying to take my camera out and had planned to photograph my school festival. However, there is a typhoon that we were hoping would pass quickly. Some of the stalls will be outside (unless there is severe risk of flying debris, flooding, etc.) and I would still like to take these photographs if possible.

Unfortunately, bringing all of my gear was not an option as my bags were beyond full. I really only have my lenses, polarizers, memory cards, and cleaning equipment (not that these would actually help in typhoon weather). I have no real way to protect the camera body from getting wet outside of the bag or simply leaving it in the room. I also wanted to take a few nice shots of the little lakes in the parking lot while it rains, but have no way to do so without actually being out in it. I have a 70-300mm lens, but I'm not sure if I can get close enough to the area and still get a decent shot without getting wet. I was going to try from a safe and dry place in case it works, but if it doesn't, I would like an alternative if possible.

PS. I am not willing to risk totaling my equipment for a few photos (I'm here for a year and there is no way I can just go pick up another body and lenses) by assuming that a just plastic bag would suffice, unless the odds of it being damaged are slim. I've seen pictures that appear to have been taken in inclement weather, but I'm not sure how I can do it or if the other photos were an optical illusion (ie. taken from a car or with a particular lens). I hope this makes sense, and thanks in advance for the information.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #662325 by Fran Welch
Have you tried one of those covers from Peak Design?  


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5 months 2 weeks ago #662454 by Blistered_Feet

Fran Welch wrote: Have you tried one of those covers from Peak Design?  



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5 months 2 weeks ago #662455 by J Hemingway
+1 agree

You can use the one from Peak Design or there are dozens of other options.   Honestly a clear plastic bag will work just fine.  Cut a hole in opposite end and use a rubber band around your lens.  


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5 months 2 weeks ago #662456 by Blistered_Feet

Fran Welch wrote: Have you tried one of those covers from Peak Design?  

Sorry for the late reply. No I haven't used one before. If you have, or know anyone who has, may I ask a question about it?

I was looking at the pics available on their website, but I noticed an issue with the design as it pertains to my lenses. I like that it describes the sleeve to be a "snug fit, "unfortunately, NIKON has decided to put a lock on the new camera lenses and you have to manually adjust the lens to the lowest mm in order to use it. Additionally, It's a pain without a cover, but would I be able to easily adjust the lens once covered, or would it be difficult to adjust manually due to the 'snug fit'?

Ps. Apologies for the first reply. My computer lagged and submit when I hit "enter" to type my reply.


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5 months 2 weeks ago #662478 by effron
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D800
Lens: 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/20 sec
Captured: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 9:44am


That's what I do.

Why so serious?
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5 months 2 weeks ago #662609 by Overread
+1 doesn’t look pretty, however it works!


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5 months 2 weeks ago #662744 by Blistered_Feet

effron wrote: That's what I do.


Considering the locking mechanism on the lens, I actually think I like this option. I don't have a tripod, but I don't think that would be too big of an issue. Thanks!


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5 months 2 weeks ago #662789 by effron

Blistered_Feet wrote:

effron wrote: That's what I do.


Considering the locking mechanism on the lens, I actually think I like this option. I don't have a tripod, but I don't think that would be too big of an issue. Thanks!


That particular plastic bag is the same one UPS leaves deliveries on wet days. You can cut and shape them to size, and toss in the trash when they get damaged!

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