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Brolly Umbrella Has Finger Hole Grip Lets You Shoot in the Rain

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If you’re the type of person who prefers umbrellas to rain ponchos, you might prefer the Brolly rain umbrella to rain covers when using your camera in wet weather. It features a special finger hole grip handle that frees up the fingers that would otherwise be clutching the umbrella, allowing you to use your cameras more naturally without getting wet.

The Brolly isn’t designed specifically for photographers. It’s actually an invention that’s geared toward letting you use your smartphone in the rain. However, Brolly founder Greg Edson got in touch with us to tell us that his invention “makes taking pictures in the rain a breeze.”

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The unique grip on the umbrella has an ergonomic design and is lined with a rubbery material that helps you get a grip with only the base of your fingers. The tips of your fingers can be used to hold and operate most cameras, including DSLRs, steadily while outdoors.

You can pick up your own Brolly umbrella (in green or in blue) for $20 over in the company’s online store.


 
  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    when it’s raining it usually tends to be a little breezy; it’s usually darker than normal, too, so you’ll be shooting in low-light with an umbrella that’s being pushed around in the wind making tricky low-light shots even trickier. excellent. ¬_¬

  • Alan Dove

    They should also pimp this to martial arts bloggers: “when detached, the grip serves as a lightweight but effective knuckle duster.”

  • Clauio

    Always complaining. I find the idea to be excellent. I have sometimes tried to shoot in the rain while holding an umbrella, and this would have solved the holding problem.

    And no, rain doesn’t necessarily mean wind + low light. And even if it does, shooting in the rain can be fun and having to bump the ISO would be better than not being able to shoot at all.
    Nobody forces you to buy it.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    no, no one is forcing me to buy it – that doesn’t mean I can’t have anything to say about, plus – If I wanted to shoot in the rain I would use a waterproof housing for my camera if it were not weather proof (thankfully it is, so no worries there) and wear a hat – no need for silly umbrellas.

  • jay

    Brilliant idea. If the grip can move upward, camera will be safe from rain falling at 45 degree :)

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Did Brolly pay for this article? Or is it just a slow news day?

  • KewlDewd

    “brolly umbrella” Brolly is an umbrella. So you’re saying “umbrella umbrella”.

  • wickerprints

    This type of grip can very easily injure your hand, especially if you are using it while holding another object. The problem is that even if you let go of the umbrella, your fingers can be caught in the grip. If the umbrella gets caught on something, broken fingers could result. That is why umbrellas have not been designed this way.

  • Muhammad Malik

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Eugene Chok

    great now what is my assistant going to do?

  • Chive Awesomeness

    Only in non wind areas will this work…

    Plus the Pentax K-7/5/30 line really don’t ever have to worry about rain, they have weather-sealing against rain and dust.

  • http://twitter.com/Theranthrope Theranthrope

    Get coffee.

  • http://twitter.com/Theranthrope Theranthrope

    Umbrella + knuckleduster grip + monopod (with quickrelease)

    hrmmm… Maybe I should set up a kickstarter…

  • http://twitter.com/Theranthrope Theranthrope

    Combine it with this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Blast-Knuckle-Stun-Volts-Holster/dp/B008CH250Q
    …to keep rampaging basketball players and pretty-boy bodyguards from wrecking your gear.

  • Eugene Chok

    well played sir well played