PetaPixel

A Cheap and Simple Way to Weatherproof Your DSLR

Check out this mummified camera used by Reuters photographer Jo Yong-Hak. Yong-Hak was assigned to cover the popular Boryeong Mud Festival this year in South Korea, and decided to protect his gear with some good ol’ fashioned plastic wrap.

Here’s one of the photos he made with this mummy camera:

Protecting your camera with this much plastic wrap will make it tricky to get to all your camera settings, but as long as you can press the shutter and change the basic settings you should be fine, right?

Be messy and be healthy (via PopPhoto)


Image credits: Photograph by REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak and used with permission


 
  • Anonymous

    This will definitely work on my Fuji X100! Pity I have a problem touching cling film! :(

  • http://twitter.com/littledavee David Williams

    I love wrapping myself in cling film. Not too sure I would waste it on my camera! :)

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    Interesting to see it from a Reuters’ photographer since I also use the same method in many hard weather situations.

    Very cheap and effective indeed. Just get rid of it carefully after shooting, to avoid getting dust, mud or whatever on your lens and camera.

    I use to leave some space, not tightening the wrap too much (getting some “play”) for the zoom ring, so I can move it even covered with layers of plastic wrap.

    Cheers

  • Jean Aretz

    Oh, i see it’s a color picture ;-)

  • Makenauer

    Come on, is anybody able to control ANY button of his/her camera?

  • Makenauer

    I mean with this film envolving it this way!!!!

  • sjbphoto

    This is why I love my Olympus gear! No need for my to do anything like this as both my camera bodies and all my lenses have best in class weather sealing!

  • Westcoastsurf

    I love the mud pic.

  • Westcoastsurf

    I love the mud pic.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like it’s cocooned enough that the camera only has one useful control left, the shutter.  Zoom and focus are out with that tight of wrapping, shutter and aperture adjustment dials are out, the mode dial is out too.

  • Anonymous

    Condoms (non lubricated, large size) do the same thing. I speak from experience. :o)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.bbw Mel Bibbw

    me too

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.bbw Mel Bibbw

    I wouldnt want to risk my camera! :/ Nice idea

    and the condom post HAHAHAHA Thats funny thats creative do you shoot thru the condom?

  • Zhemin

    Whats a Condoms ???

  • Anonymous

    I love finding out how innovative I am whenever I check in on PetaPixel! I did this exact same thing over a decade ago with my camera when I went to mardi gras in New Orleans. Then again, I wasn’t the only person there who had done that. Turns out that spilled beer and hurricanes (the drink version, not the Katrina versions) are no better for camera gear than mud is.

  • Anonymous

    I love finding out how innovative I am whenever I check in on PetaPixel! I did this exact same thing over a decade ago with my camera when I went to mardi gras in New Orleans. Then again, I wasn’t the only person there who had done that. Turns out that spilled beer and hurricanes (the drink version, not the Katrina versions) are no better for camera gear than mud is.

  • Anonymous

    Weather sealing != mud sealing

    I bet when he took all that plastic wrap off his camera was as clean as when it went in :P

  • http://twitter.com/Blackbird_2 Bob Dunkin

    For Audio belt packs we use the same (though xtra large non lubricated).  Great for keeping the water/sweat off the beltpack.  As a note, the cable at the connector likes to rust as well because of sweat…which can be fixed with clear nail polish.  A little nail polish on the connector after its soldered keeps it like new for a while. 

  • Stefan

    Great idea. Do you also cover the lens or UV filter with plastic wrap.

  • Mike Langford

    Looks better than a bag…should have used this in the rainforest! If you are coming to Peru at all, keep the plastic wrap for the rainforest & visit me at tambopatatravel.com

  • http://twitter.com/littledavee David Williams

    It’s our little secret!

  • Abc

    there is no “any” button. =x

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kushal-Das/100000186712778 Kushal Das

    Just tried that last week , worked well. Only problem was to control the dials and looking at the LCD screen. Results can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kushaldas/sets/72157627152451143/

  • La Viajera Morena

    I was thinking of wrapping my camera up for my trip to India as well, good to see someone (especially a pro) had the same idea :)

  • Jampy Joe

    get a room you two.

  • Dave Williams

    Feel the love of wrapping oneself in the cling film. :)