Regardless of the season or weather, I enjoy being outdoors with my camera. That’s why I was pretty excited to see the new Emergency Rain Cover from Think Tank Photo. Small and light, they don’t take up much space, but are easy to use when the weather turns bad.
If you’re in sunny SoCal, these might not make much sense. I know, I lived there. But now that I am in Utah, I have to deal with dust storms, rain, snow, hail, and sleet. Sometimes all in one day. Okay, maybe not. But we certainly have some challenging weather. And despite the claims, weather-sealing might not mean what you think it means. So why take chances?
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released two new concepts in camera gear protection. The Emergency Rain Covers, that come in two sizes, are small, lightweight, fast-deploying protective covers you can have on hand when weather conditions change swiftly and you need to protect your bodies and lenses. The Lens Case Duos are protective lens sleeves that can be used both when transporting your lenses in transit and while shooting. They are available in a range of sizes to fit most DSLR and mirrorless lenses. Don’t forget that when you use these above URLs you’ll get free gear and free shipping on all orders over $50.
In case your wondering about sizing, the small Emergency Rain Covers fits your camera body, and most lenses from 16-35 zooms out to about 24-70 f/2.8. Picking up where the small leaves off, the medium works well with that same 24-70, up to a typical 70-200 f/2.8. Each one folds down into a compact pouch, taking up very little space. For protection all seams are sealed. For ease of use, there is a nice big window. A hot shoe mount keeps it securely attached and centered. Up front, there’s an adjustable strap for the hood. For less than the price of a decent filter, you can protect your camera and lens in bad weather.
When it comes to traveling with your gear, their new Lens Case Duos are pretty awesome. For instance, I’ll go hiking, and want to pack a spare lens, but not bring a dedicated photo backpack. So they offer quick-access protection for my lens, in a regular backpack. Or if you want to give your lens a little extra security in your photo backpack, they’ve got you covered. Finally, if you are one of those photographers that packs gear in your luggage (I can’t stomach that), they work great for that too. Six sizes are available for compact wide angle zooms, out to tele zooms up to 400mm.
Give them both a look. Anything that protects your gear and extends time outdoors with your camera is a bonus, as far as I am concerned.