September 26, 2018

This Portable 'Emergency' Rain Cover Will Save Your Camera from Unexpected Bad Weather

Caught in a torrential downpour or severe wind? This "emergency" rain cover might just save your gear.

Despite your best efforts, you will eventually make the mistake of not checking the forecast before you head out to your outdoor shoots, and if you don't check the forecast, chances are you're not bringing along any gear that will protect your camera from inclement weather, because you probably don't keep protective gear like that with you at all times, right? Lot's of problems here that stem from not quickly glancing at the weather app on your phone, but what if you had a rain cover for your camera that was not only small enough to store in your gear bag but tough enough to withstand almost anything Mother Nature threw at it?

If you want to be more prepared the next time your shoot gets some rain or heavy winds, you might want to take a look at Think Tank's Emergency Rain Covers. These things were specifically designed to be both easy to use, super portable, and able to be busted out in, yes, whenever a weather "emergency" arises.

The Emergency Rain Cover is designed with a DWR coating and sealed seams that protect against rain, sleet, snow, and dust. It features a non-slip, adjustable strap that attaches to your lens hood, a cinchable sleeve that allows you to access your camera, a hot-shoe mount to attach the unit to your camera, and an oversized window for viewing your LCD screen. But perhaps the most attractive feature is its portability. The Emergency Rain Cover folds down small enough to fit inside a small carrying pouch that you can keep in your gear bag.

Key Features

  • Seam-sealed for extreme protection in downpour or dusty conditions
  • Compresses into an included compact carrying pouch
  • Oversize window to view your LCD and controls
  • Ability to access your camera through one cinchable sleeve
  • Mountable to tripod or monopod
  • Dual viewing configurations for varying conditions
  • Hot-shoe mount keeps cover located on camera during use
  • Non-slip, adjustable strap attaches directly to the lens hood
  • DWR coating for an extra layer of protection

I don't know about your experience with rain covers, but the one I've used for years is rather bulky. Ironically, I bought it because it came in a little tote bag with a little drawstring, something I thought, at the time, to be super portable and easy to travel with. No. I left it at home 90% of the time because 1.) I didn't want to have a small-enough-to-lose-but-not-small-enough-to-keep-in-my-gear-bag rain cover rolling around in my car or getting tossed in a corner somewhere on a shoot and risk misplacing it or leaving it behind, and 2.) it was a real pain in the ass to put on my camera, so much so that I'd rather cross my fingers, shoot without it, and hope for the best. Having a rain cover that is not only super easy to use but also portable enough to just store in a gear bag would allow filmmakers to be more prepared without having to think about being prepared.

The Emergency Rain Cover comes in two sizes that fit either DSLR and mirrorless cameras:

  • Small: Fits 16-35mm or 24-70mm f/2.8​ lens ($35)
  • Medium: Fits 24-70mm or 70-200mm f/2.8 lens ($40)

To learn more about its "Emergency" line of rain covers, head on over to Think Tank's website    

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One of the major issue is the windows during white cloudy day. It reflect a lot and you can't barely see the screen anymore

September 28, 2018 at 3:34AM

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