I’m a big fan of Think Tank Photo, a camera bag company started in 2005 by two photographers and two designers. I own quite a few of their bags and they all perform exceptionally well in the field. Aside from camera bags, they make a variety of other professional grade gear that makes shooting in harsh weather easier and more manageable. Since I often shoot in adverse conditions and wet climates, like a lot of paddlers, I’ve been searching for a product that will protect my gear from the elements. Enter the Hydrophobia 70-200, a rain cover intended for use with SLRs and a 70-200 zoom attached.
It fits a variety of camera bodies and protects them and your expensive zoom from salt spray, flying mud, snow and driving rain. With a large clear window on the back to check your settings and two arm ports giving you full access to your camera’s controls, it’s easy to use. There is also an internal strap that attaches to your lens, allowing you to use the Hydrophobia’s own external carry strap. A small velcro pocket holds the eyepiece (sold seperately) and the cover comes with a front flap that protects the lens when you’re not shooting. It also comes with it’s own carry pouch which is great for storing it inside a larger camera bag.
Read more about Think Tank Photo’s Hydrophobia 70-200 here: thinktankphoto.com
Robert Zaleski is Canoe Kayak’s art director. His photographs have been published across the print and digital media world. Zaleski’s Photo Shop blog runs monthly on Canoekayak.com