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Tip of the Month

FotoSharp Camou Rain Cover

September 2011

On the last day of our Coastal Katmai Brown Bear trip we photographed
for several hours in a steady rain. My lens was protected by a FotoSharp
camou rain cover.



There are a lot of rain covers out there, and on our recent photo tour to Alaska's Katmai National Park I had a chance to see several different products. We didn't have much rain but most of our participants carried along their rain covers for their long lens just in case the weather changed, and, on our last day, we photographed the entire day in a steady rain.

I don't wish to bash any other product but all of the ones I saw I was not tempted to buy, and I'm something of a equipment junky or serious luster, which says alot. Most of these products were bulky, and although some were bulky and fancy, for the weight and the cost I was not too enthusiastic.

Mary and I used a rather simple product, a 30" Pro 'Universal' Camouflage Camera Rain Cover made by FotoSharp that was light weight, waterproof, and extremely easy to use. The color pattern is US Army universal camouflage, which works virtually anywhere, and, for my purposes, really doesn't matter much anyway.

lens coverThe cover has a velcro bottom that allows the lens to be mounted easily upon a Wimberley or ReallyRightStuff tripod head, as the closure can be opened, then sealed around the clamping mount. There are two cord cinches for snugging the cover around the lens hood, and I must admit, I think I put on the cover backwards!

When I mounted my cover I cinched the super-wide end tight against my 500mm lens hood. The opposite end of the cover is narrower, and fit nicely and fairly snuggly around the other end of the lens, and, if I pulled and tugged, I could cover the top of the camera as well. Well, stupid me, had I used the narrow end on the hood side of the lens I'd have had a tight fit there, and a big, baggy cover that easily fit over my camera which could be pulled down to completely protect the camera or lifted sufficiently for me to look through the viewfinder. This version, which I assume is the correct way to mount the cover, is what is illustrated below.


The price is great, too, at $44.95. Since the cover is so light and is not bulky Mary and I simply kept the cover on the entire time we were in Alaska as it took up no space in our Keboko backpacks. To order, either follow this link or call 1 800 361 8341.




Previous Tips, July 2009 onward


Canon 17mm T/S Lens
Locking Button for the Canon 7D

NIK HDR Program

Silver Efex Pro for Black and White Images

Beware the DELL Software Solution Rip Off
How and What We Pack for Trips

Canon Digital Learning Center

The Movie Mode with the Canon Mark IV
Batch Renaming in Bridge and CS5
Alternate Uses of some Bogen Products

Hoodman Products

Using High ISO and Live View for Focusing in Dim Light

Art Print Scams for Hungry Photographers

Hungry Vultures ruin vehicles in the Everglades

Use a Short Lens for Depth of Field

Get Professional Help!

Mini-Molar Bag
Access America Trip Insurance
Bogen Base for Macro Work

Archived Tips of the Month
prior to July 2009
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years are available through this link. The 'look' is from my
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