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ThinkTank Hydrophobia protects DSLRs with 70-200mm lenses from rain

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Water resistant, seam-sealed rain covers

By Adorama News Writer

February 1, 2010

Second cover also protects on-camera flash while allowing photographers access to battery, memory card compartments.

Santa Rosa, Calif. –Think Tank Photo announces the release of two water-resistant, seam-sealed rain covers for 70-200 and smaller lenses: the Hydrophobia® 70-200 and the Hydrophobia® Flash 70-200 with built-in flash protector.  Featuring side arm holes for focusing and accessing switches, they allow DSLRs to be turned vertically.  And now, without exposing their expensive bodies and lenses to the elements, photographers can change memory cards and batteries without taking off the rain covers.

A key feature is that the camera can be carried two ways.  It can be carried by the strap attached to the camera as it does not have to be removed.  And, there is a camera strap attached to the Hydrophobia 70-200 that, combined with a strap that buckles under the lens, allows the camera to be carried by the rain cover.

“The problem with other covers is that holes have to be cut into the top of the cover, and then using a special camera strap, the user has to unclip the camera strap from the camera, feeding it through the top of the cover,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “With the Hydrophobia 70-200, we eliminated this problem by creating a system that automatically transfers the weight to the rain cover itself, while still keeping it water resistant.”

The fabric used on the Hydrophobia is ten times as water resistant as normal fabric.  Instead of a “spray” coating, a “film” is applied to the underside of the fabric, as well as a tricot mesh to protect it, making it a far more impenetrable three-layer fabric. In addition a waterproof tape is applied to all seams, providing an even more water resistant barrier.

    The rain covers have the following key features:
•    A clear window for viewing LCD and controls
•    A fabric cover for the end of the lens.
•    An  eyepiece storage pocket (eyepieces sold separately)
•    A breathable mesh bag for transportation and storage
    For professionals and amateur SLR shooters with smaller lenses who can’t afford to lose a shot or to have their gear damaged, the Hydrophobia™ 70-200 and the Hydrophobia™ Flash 70-200 are powerful new tools for getting the shot in even the harshest conditions.

Specifications

Hydrophobia 70-200
Dimensions:  7.5” W x 17” L x 5.5” D (19 x 43 x 14 cm)
Weight (rain cover only):  9.6 oz. (272 g)
Price:  $139.00

Hydrophobia 70-200 Flash
Dimensions:  7.5” W x 17” L x 5.5” D (19 x 43 x 14 cm)
Weight (rain cover only):  13 oz. (367 g)
Price: $145.00

 

The above is an unedited press release provided by ThinkTank.

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