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madasax 03-16-2013 08:13 PM

DSLR weather shield - DIY
So I am going to have my wife take on the task of making a nice weather shield for my DSLR. I know you can buy them, and some people use ziplock bags but I asked if she would want to try and make one for me. My question is anyone done a home made shield & have pics? Also this will be microfiber style inside and water resistant fabric outside. Possibly sinch string over lens.

senghing27 03-16-2013 08:39 PM

madasax 03-16-2013 09:15 PM

I saw that before, anyone have any pics of like a home made style of the kata covers?

senghing27 03-16-2013 09:24 PM

Google has a bunch of different images of other people's setups.

Here's a guide I found.
DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera | Digital Camera World

Kermit 03-17-2013 08:47 AM

I made a submersible camera housing a while back out of an old ammo can. Probably not what you're looking for, but I'll post anyway.

Find an ammo can with the weather sealing still in it. Cut out a side large enough to put your lens in front of. Cut a piece of lexan large enough to overlap that gap. Use a sealant and rivets to hold the lexan to the ammo can. Let it cure, and it's basically an ammo can with a window.

I cut a piece of plywood with a scroll saw to fit inside the box. I drilled a hole in the middle and put a 1/4x20 screw and nut on to hold the camera in place.

You can dunk it, leave it in the rain, shoot paintballs at it, etc. I used it to hide in a bunker with a camera rolling for a video I was making a while back. Worked well.

You have to set your settings before hand, but then you can leave an electronic timer inside which works well for timelapses.

Arson24 03-19-2013 04:53 PM

hmm decent idea, i might try that!

madasax 03-23-2013 01:51 AM

Im getting some fabric and the wife is going to try and make me a "custom" one.....ill let you guys know how it turns out, might make a few for different lens sizes & make a cut-out for tripods/monopods and a spot for an external flash

madasax 04-16-2013 10:00 PM

Bumping this thread - My wife is helping me with the sewing, ill post some pics asap but i got some materials today -
Trexx Black Vinyl (whether resistant)
Grey Flannel (for the inner lining)
Oval Elastic Cord & Plastic Cord Stopper Deals (for the cinch system around lens)
Black Velcro for the outer most sections where it opens up.

Currently fits good on my Gripped T2i with both my 70-300 & 18-55 lenses. Pretty cool project and this is the "prototype" If it turns out I might make a few for people I know. Ill post pics but I wanted something nicer, more usable than a plastic bag and I don't have 70.00 to spend on a Kata Cover

madasax 04-17-2013 10:43 PM

Well to anyone paying attention to this thread here are some pictures of the first run of my home-made Weather/paintball shield for my DSLR

I will post some proper pics asap - took these quick with my phone

Here is a top view of the cover - the hole is a lens-hole with elastic-drawstring cinch ability. lets the lens fit nice then apply the hood after to prevent pull through

The inside is a soft grey-flannel where as the outside is Black Trexx Vinyl (water resistant) - Stiched half way then Velcro to allow more usable space for varied conditions

Here it is applied to my Sigma 70-300 with lens hood on - monopod attached

Here is a back view with the velcro opened up and top flipped up to allow for viewfinder usage - This is more for paintball and not super wet conditions - or when viewfinder is wanted over live-view. you get the idea ;)

And here it is with the Velcro closed up - Still allowing for monopod/tripod use with shield closed. Also made it big and square to allow for hand-space in the shield - you can operate zoom/focus/switches while hands are within the shield.

chopper duke 04-18-2013 12:27 AM

That's pretty damn nifty! If you make another, I'd be interested in picking one up!

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