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    Default Optech rain cover sleeve

    This cover is a long tube, L-shaped made of thick transparent ziplock-like plastic.

    I find it doesn't fit my need, more useful I think for bird watches with monster telephoto lenses.

    Usage:
    The eye-piece is fit via a poked hole to see well (remove the camera eye piece, insert plastic bag hole and put the eye piece back on (eye piece slides up). The plastic bag has a zip cord that cinches to the end of the lens or lens hood. The plastic is loose enough to allow the lens for moving in and out and allow you to work the zoom ring. You can put your hand inside to control the camera.

    The plastic is large enough to hold the largest lenses.
    In fact, the 50-200 or the 12-60 on my E-510 look like midget gear inside it.

    Pros:
    * Big enough to be an elephant condom
    * Cheap
    * Pretty sturdy bag

    Cons:
    * Too big in my taste, a simple produce bag works well for me after all.


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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    I have a couple of them too. I have never used them as I bought them for emrgencys and havn't had an emergency yet>
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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    On Amazon there are 2 version of this:

    1) Op/Tech 18" SLR Rainsleeve for Digital & Film Cameras with Lenses up to 7" Diameter, 18" Long

    2) OpTech Rainsleeve Flash 14 Inch Pack of 2 Rain Covers for SLR With Flash and 14in. Long Lens

    Which is the one you show above? I suspect the 18" one. If so, perhaps the 14" one would fit your 50-200 better?
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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    Honestly, both are too big probably. I say try first a transparent plastic bag from the produce section, see if it fits the bill. If not upgrade to these.

    For the bag, poke a hole where the eye piece goes. Pull the eye cup, set the bag in place and slide the eye cup back in place. That will allow you to see well and seat the back of the plastic bag solidly in place.
    You can try the same trickery with the lens hood or a rubberband, or just by poking a hole that's just the right size to stay in place at the front of the lens.
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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyhome View Post
    Honestly, both are too big probably.
    Probably, but could you please tell us which model you are showing in your picture, the 14" version or the 18"? I might want a lot of room, and what you are showing looks like what I want, but I don't know which one it is.
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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    I have these exact ones. Two of them came in a package for around $6 and come in handy when I take my E-510 to the gorge where there is a lot of moisture and mist from water falls...

    They are rather large and bulky, but I'm sure they had to be designed that way to accommodate the larger Nikon and Canon bodies...
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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    I keep one of these in my bag, for just in case. I used it once with the non-waterproof Bigma, shooting the Nelscott Reef Tow-in Classic at Lincoln City, and I'm sure it helped.

    Good to have in the kit.
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    Default Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    Would be good if they made them specifically for the Olympus PEN line. Too much bag for such a little camera.

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    Cool Re: Optech rain cover sleeve

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmyepl2 View Post
    Would be good if they made them specifically for the Olympus PEN line. Too much bag for such a little camera.
    The logical problem that I see with these type of sleeves is it fits on the end of the lens, and wold eventually allow water to wick into the lens. If you have a weather sealed lens but not a weather sealed body, then I can see the use of these covers. If however, you have a camera that does not have a weather sealed lens, it would seem to be a recipe for disaster, as it would give you a false sense of protection.

    For the Pen, it may be better to get the plastic bags made for light diving (just a couple of meters deep). It totally encloses the camera, and you shoot by manipulating the camera through the bag. The downside is you have to shoot through the plastic or glass where the lens port is. You can get the low end bags by Bingo for $20 on ebay, and higher.

    Weather sealing is why I recently bought an E-5 instead of the E-P3. I just want to be able to carry the camera anywhere and not have to worry about the rain. I am disappointed with the 7th Pen being announced, there is no weather sealed option.

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