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Old January 27th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Headed for KOH in a couple of weeks. I bought a couple of cheap clear plastic camera covers. (looks like a long curved plastic bag with a drawstring at one end) Has anyone ever used one of these? The dust can be really bad out there. I got a tip of a camera list about using extra rubber bands on the end and not cutting the eyepiece hole like they tell you to. There are way more expensive ones out there, but the one I looked at for 50$ seemed really bulky and better suited to tripod work. I can get things cleaned when I get back , but I am hopeing this helps a little. Any other thoughts?
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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #2
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I would avoid switching lenses as much as possible, especially with the plastic cover. I have an uncle who's a photog as well and said that static will build up on the body and when the sensor and mirror are exposed they will attract dust like crazy. I would think that the plastic bag would make this worse.

As far as the eyepiece goes, you could pick up a slide on eye-cup and cut a small hole in the plastic bag just big enough for the glass part of the diopter and slide the eyecup over the body and bag so that it sandwiches it in there.
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I hadn't thought about the extra static from the plastic bag. Maybe a dryer sheet? The cover directions show you how to cut the eyepiece hole, but one of the other groups told me not to bother, just look through the thin plastic and leave the camera sealed up. Unless you are trying to manually focus something they are probably right. Seems to work pretty well. I went out and played with it in the wind this morning. I have done the duststorm thing before at comps and spent a lot of time cleaning up after. Had to have it pro cleaned after one trip to Portland. I will let everybody know how it goes.

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Have you seen the waterproof bags they make? It's a heavy plastic bag that fits over the camera body with a clear hard plastic barrel that fits over the lens. I'm not sure what cameras/lens combos you can get them for or what the cost is, but that seems like it'd be the ultimate for dust.

Edit: Found a review, now I want one: http://kevinnmurphy.com/2009/08/31/r...-dslrslr-case/

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run a UV filter to protect the lense
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yes, with bones.

i have UV filers on all my lenses, way easier to clean or replace that then the lens itself....a couple bucks for some extra protection never hurt anyone.

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