With some outdoor opportunities on the horizon and the weather looking to be changeable, well isn’t it always here in the UK, I have been researching rain covers for my 5D Mk III. There are a myriad to choose from and the prices range from just a few pounds for a simple plastic disposable rain cover to something much more substantial and expensive. There are also super inexpensive and ingenious options on YouTube as well. One is a simple clear plastic bag which is secured around the lens hood with an elastic band and two holes cut for hand holes to get to the camera body and lens.
However, after much research on Google and YouTube and after reading many customer reviews, I decided to take two approaches:
Firstly, I’ll be getting a pack of the disposable rain covers that are readily available from amazon.co.uk. These will be to throw into the bottom of my camera bags for those times when you get caught out. Despite spending countless hours preparing for a shoot, you can never predict the English weather or being asked (told) to shoot near water. For example, I hope to be shooting at a Tough Mudder event in Kettering on the weekend of the 12th July. With unpredictable weather and the certainty of wet mud and many thousands of litres of water over the course, I want my gear to be both well protected and as water proof as possible.
Secondly, and for this reason, I decided to dig deep and I have managed to secure a nice purchase. It is the Think Tank Hydrophobia camera cover that will completely cover my 5D Mk III and my 70-200mm lens. It does not have the flash cover, but when you are seeking things on the cheap you sometimes have to roll the dice and take what comes along. I got the cover at a good price and I could not wait to try fitting it to my camera with the special eye adapter (needs to be purchased separately from the cover).
The fit is just superb and there are some really nice features. Just a few of the main points that made my decision to buy are:
- The quality of the cover is superb.
- The fitted eye piece means no loss in use of the view finder, whilst maintaining water proofing.
- The cover comes with a special cleaner for the clear plastic to help with fogging.
- There is a nice strap to fix the cover around the lens hood.
- There is easy access to both the back of the camera and also to the lens for focusing.
This is one rain cover that, despite the high cost if bought new, I would readily recommend.