With Winter approaching, it’s time to think about protection against the elements: Hydrophobia rain covers and the new Emergency Rain Cover from Think Tank Photo are solutions to check.
The Hydrophobia rain covers, from Think Tank Photo are popular among photographers who need to face the elements. Stormy weather, says the company, will never again prevent photographers from getting “The Shot.” These rain covers, now upgraded, feature waterproof construction that protects camera gear from downpours and dusty conditions. The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers are available in five sizes to fit DSLR cameras and the Sony full-frame mirrorless systems, and a variety of lenses.
The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers now announced are constructed with a durable 3-layer material comprised of 210T seam-sealed rip-stop, polyurethane film and 70D nylon tricot, and are Polyurethane seam-sealed for downpour or dusty conditions. The covers feature weather resistant zippers, nylon webbing, and a rubberized laminate. The eyepieces (sold separately for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus) allow full access to the viewfinder while protecting the camera.
With the new version of the Hydrophobia, Think Tank Photo also announced a new solution that may interest photographers looking for a protective cover they will always carry in their photo bag. The Emergency Rain Covers are a simple, compact solution for protecting photo gear from sudden downpours or dusty conditions. These seam-sealed rain covers can be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change, something that should be expected to happen now that we’re moving towards Winter, at least looking at the calendar pages.
The Emergency Rain Covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes, to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.
“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits. Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked away in their camera bag.”
With an oversize window to view your LCD and controls, the Emergency Rain Cover offers dual viewing configurations for varying conditions and allows the user to access the camera through one cinchable sleeve. Mountable to tripod or monopod, the cover has a non-slip, adjustable strap that attaches directly to the lens hood and the hot-shoe mount keeps cover secured to camera during use.
Design to be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change, the Emergency Rain Covers are a practical solution to consider if you don’t need or don’t want to carry one Hydrophobia rain cover. If you are a vlogger that uses the outdoors as a studio, an Emergency Rain Cover may well be something to pack. But they will be a welcome addition to the bag of any photographer or videographer shooting out of doors.
The Emergency Rain Covers are priced at $ 39.75 for the medium and $ 34.75 for the small. The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers prices start at $ 114.75 and go all the way up to $ 149.75 for the version able to protect lenses between 300 and 600mm.