Most Liked Positive Review
I like it a lot
I am old school -- my only cameras are Minolta 35mm's fronted with that amazing Minolta glass! Anyway, I needed a rain cover that would allow me to view through a viewfinder, not an LCD screen; and I didn't want to view through a layer of plastic. This sleeve has a little hole for this purpose; and the eye cup slips over it and keeps the sleeve in place. And I'm able to access/operate the buttons, etc. of my camera with very little difficulty. I wish they made a smaller version for shorter ...View full Review
I am old school -- my only cameras are Minolta 35mm's fronted with that amazing Minolta glass! Anyway, I needed a rain cover that would allow me to view through a viewfinder, not an LCD screen; and I didn't want to view through a layer of plastic. This sleeve has a little hole for this purpose; and the eye cup slips over it and keeps the sleeve in place. And I'm able to access/operate the buttons, etc. of my camera with very little difficulty. I wish they made a smaller version for shorter lenses, but this works fine with my 70-210mm beercan. Obviously I am not a pro, and so I purchased this for use during a "typical" rainy or snowy day in the city, i.e., no torrential downpours in rainforests or extreme blizzard conditions in the arctic -- I didn't need one of those high falutin sleeves that cost in the three figures. Thankfully, I found this option and it works like a charm me.
Most Liked Negative Review
Best for pinch hitting only
Ok, I wrote a review bout this right soon after I acquired it. ( Since I cannot edit my previous review, here is a update ) I can only recommend this for pinch hitter needs. after having it slip off, and over, and around the end of my glass (The string end of the plastic) it was too much of a hassle) The idea is sound tho,you just may want to carry some tape.preferably a gaffer type, with you, and tape the end of it down were it meets the lense hood. ( I went one further, bought myself 25 fee...View full Review
Ok, I wrote a review bout this right soon after I acquired it. ( Since I cannot edit my previous review, here is a update ) I can only recommend this for pinch hitter needs. after having it slip off, and over, and around the end of my glass (The string end of the plastic) it was too much of a hassle) The idea is sound tho,you just may want to carry some tape.preferably a gaffer type, with you, and tape the end of it down were it meets the lense hood. ( I went one further, bought myself 25 feet of 6mn platic sheet,which should last me for the next five years, taped that down to the front lense hood with gaffer tape, cut the little hole for the viewfinder, slid the viewfinder back on to hold the plstic in plase, and I was good to go. Its a jury-rig, so it won't work for all folks,but thought for those who do, it may come in handy. Another reason I "bag" my own now, is with this product, its a real pain to focus/do anything with your glass as it is totally wrapped. If the rain is coming up from the ground, that may be a good thing, but I digress.. I leave a bit of opening on the bottom of the lense so my hands can get a grip on it without moving the plastic off and breaking the seal, after a ALL day sports event, only had a couple drops sneak in round the viewfinder area..mostly condensation, which you will find will happen with any wrap of this nature.. final note: If you use this product for more then five minutes at a time,tape it down!
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The Rainsleeve is easy to put on and covers long lenses such as the Tamron 200-500 mm. Flexibility means that changing focal length is easy, and operating the camera is easy too. Just remember not to point the camera skyward during a rain. Protects from dust as well. Good product for the price.
Being caught in the rain in St. Lucia wasn't a problem. I just whipped out my rain sleeve and kept on shooting. They don't cost a lot and does a great job.
I carry this folded in my bag, it does not take up much space. When in use I can look through the viewfinder without any plastic in front of it. It is roomy enough to reach all the controls as needed and all of them are visible through the cover.
I used this rainsleeve on two rainy days in Costa Rica. It was very easy to use and provided effective protection for my Canon 50D with an EF 70-200mm f2.8L lens, both with and without a 1.4 extender. The rainsleeve was easy to put on and take off and the drawstring held it in place around the lens hood. A rubber band might have provided more security, but I didn't need one. I did carry the camera under my poncho and only exposed it while shooting. I brought four rainsleeves, but only used one as it dried overnight and proved quite durable. I saved it and will reuse it in the next rain. The only drawback was the difficulty keeping the small opening around the camera eyepiece. Most of the time I looked through the clear plastic rainsleeve without difficulty.
I bought several of these for an Alaskan trip, thinking it may rain a lot (and it did!). The product worked as advertised. Surprisingly, I was able to use the same rainsleeve for three days, and it is still in usable shape with no damage. Overall, I would recommend this as a very good low-cost, low-weight rainsleeve, suitable for many people and many situations. It's very easy to carry in a camera bag, due to its small size and weight. The lens portion is long enough for my 70-200 zoom with 2x converter, with a little room to spare to fully close up over the lens opening while I was waiting for a shot, and while carrying on my tripod. My only "negative" is that it is hard to use this with your hands inside the bag (sleeve) - I had to work the camera buttons from outside the sleeve. My friend had a much more expensive rainsleeve with openings for your hands on the left and right sides, which made it easier to change settings quickly, especially when handheld (off tripod. This is not a criticism of the Op/Tech, just a comment that depending on your specific usage, you may wish to consider other design options. In summary, it would be hard to beat this product for the price and convenience. I will now keep one package (two sleeves)in my camera bag as a standard accessory. I gave this four stars instead of five only because I don't think it is perfect for every situation possible, but I do think it is absolutely a wonderful product, and I recommend it highly.
I was expecting to keep my hand up in the bag as the picture showed. But after not too long of a hike it was a terrarium in there. And I was never really able to get the eye piece hole to line up with my Canon 60d. But other than that it did exactly what I bought it for and keep the rain off from my camera body in the rain forests of Washington State.
After trashing a D300 in fairly heavy rain, I learned my lesson. I don't need this very often, so the moderately thick plastic works well. I'm assuming a somewhat limited number of uses before I trash it, so I bought four. That should last a number of years.
This worked very well at a college graduation a few weeks ago when it started to rain. It is very easy to slip over the camera and it worked very well with my 100-400mm lens. It has a small hole in the back that you can stretch over your eyepiece so you are looking through the glass rather than plastic. I have a Canon 60D and it is a little tight putting my hands up under the plastic to get to the controls, but it worked well. You probably would not want to try to use this on larger cameras. Unlike other reviews that commented that the plastic was very thin and ripped easily, I find it to be good and solid. I originally bought 4 thinking they would be throw-aways, but they are not. They will last me a very long time. Would definitely recommend to users of the 60D or smaller form factor DSLR cameras.
Camouflage front lens covering would help with wildlife photography
Great for shooting in the rain, easy access to camera controls