Posts Tagged ‘waterproof’

BTS: Making Photographs of Sony’s New Xperia ZR Waterproof Phones

Earlier this week, Sony announced its new Xperia ZR waterproof smartphone that can double as an everyday underwater camera. After we reported on the story, we were contacted by reader Jeffery Richt, who shot the marketing photographs for Sony. The video above is a behind-the-scenes video showing how the underwater shoot went down.
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Sony Xperia ZR Smartphone Doubles as an Underwater Camera

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Waterproofing is one specialization that compact cameras have had that smartphones (and their cameras) haven’t, but that’s about to change. Sony has launched a new phone called the Xperia ZR that will help smartphones further erode the point-and-shoot market by opening the door to underwater smartphone photography.
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Make a Ridiculously Simple Camera Rain Jacket Using Gore-Tex and Rubber Bands

When it comes to protecting our gear, we tend to go for the expensive because, as they say, “you get what you pay for.” But once in a while, a simple idea that helps you save a few bucks may not be such a bad thing.

We’ve shared a few DIY rain guards before — they usually involved some sort of clear plastic bag and tape — and even though those were simple enough in their own right, HDSLRNOW’s makeshift rain cover makes them all seem a bit complicated. Read more…

Turn Waterproof Fleece Into a DIY Cover For Your Lens

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Here’s a thrifty DIY idea courtesy of Netherlands-based photo enthusiast Rob Gipman. After getting rain on his lens a while ago, Gipman decided to take an unwanted piece of water-resistant fleece and make a do-it-yourself covering for his Canon 100-400mm lens.
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Outex: A ‘Drysuit’ Housing for Your DSLR That Won’t Break the Bank

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Waterproof housings for your DSLR typically come in two varieties: cheap bags that leave you wanting more in way of results, or extremely expensive cases that leave your bank account wanting more in way of funds. Outex hits a happy medium, providing much higher quality results than your typical bag housing for between $250 and $400 depending on your camera. Read more…

How to Make a Padded Lens Case Using Plastic Bottles

If you’d like a cheap and simple way to protect your camera lenses from rain and from drops, you can make a makeshift lens case using ordinary plastic bottles (e.g. water bottles, soda bottles). Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do so.
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MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Protect Your DSLR Around Water On the Cheap with a Camera Case Dry Bag

Underwater housings for DSLR cameras usually aren’t the cheapest accessory. Professional ones often cost as much as the cameras they house. If you’d like to add a simple layer of waterproofing to your DSLR without shelling out big bucks, check out this camera case dry bag. It’s a thick, durable, and watertight plastic case that comes with transparent sections on both sides for your lens and LCD screen.
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Review: Canon D20 is a Decent One Trick Pony for Shooting Around Water

Point-and-shoot cameras aren’t doing so hot these days as consumers are replacing their multiple electronic devices with a single gadget: the smartphone. The compact cameras that have a chance of surviving are the ones that are special in some way, whether it’s having a gigantic sensor or being hardened with serious weatherproofing.

The Canon PowerShot D20 features the latter but not the former. Like the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS, which we reviewed last month, the D20 is designed for people who want to casually document life’s moments in environments that are life-threatening to ordinary digital cameras.
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Camera Found at Bottom of Plunge Pool, Last Video Shows How It Got There

Waterproof digital cameras are a great way to document adventures in and around water, but one thing you should be wary about is the fact that cameras sink. Despite being waterproof, shockproof, and a variety of other -proofs, the cameras require a separate floater strap that keep them at the surface of the water if they ever get separated from your wrist.

The video above shows why this extra strap is a good idea. Uploaded by YouTube user BackyardJim, it’s the last video on the memory card of a camera found at the bottom of a plunge pool.
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Make a DIY Rain Cover for Your DSLR Using a Ziploc Bag

If you need to do a quick shoot in the rain but don’t have a proper rain cover handy, you can quickly put together a makeshift one using a large Ziploc freezer bag. Photographer Kariann Goodkey over at Purple Summit Photography has a step-by-step tutorial on the conversion, which basically involves cutting out a whole and using gaffer tape to secure your lens hood to the “cover”. Goodkey writes,

If you are going to be out in the rain a long time you might want to get a proper cover to protect your investment though! That said I used this in over 6 hours of continuous rain sitting in the bush photographing a horse ride and my camera kept dry. After about three hours with this set up I did start to get condensation on the inside of the bag. This limited my view quite a bit through the viewfinder but I could still photograph and my camera was fine. For a quick shoot in the rain though this will work great.

DIY Camera rain cover [Purple Summit Photography]