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nochance Mar 1, 2005 7:46 PM

I am going to Costa Rica for 8 days, and I am concerned about keeping my cameras dry. I don't want to spring for expensive housings because I may not need them again. I am thinking of small trash bags with lens holes cut in. Or, I could tape my Stroboframe to a small umbrella. Any suggestions for keeping them dry?

I will probably take my D100 w/24-120mm (my only lens) and Panasonic FZ20 for its 12X zoom, leaving my G6 home. Sound okay?

Thank you,


MrPogo Mar 1, 2005 8:24 PM

Hmm, I don't really have any practical suggestions to make, but remember humidity is likely to be a problem as well as the rain itself.

Nagasaki Mar 2, 2005 3:33 AM

One of the products from EWA suit your needs. They make cheap flexible housings and rain capes. They are a lot cheaper than a hard housing and should keep out the weather and humidity. Just be careful when opening a closing that you do it in a dry area so that you are not sealing moisture in with the camera.

bradg Mar 2, 2005 3:47 PM

Get some sort of under-water housing, and throw a couple packs of silica in with the camera. That should deal with the humidity, and rain, and bugs, and anything else you can think of.


bradg Mar 2, 2005 3:49 PM

Oh, and if you wont ever use the houseing again, I'm sure you can rent one at a camera shop, or dive shop.


trooplewis Mar 3, 2005 1:43 AM

I spent 2 weeks on the Amazon and just used a normal leatherette camera bag. Had a digital camera, a digital video camera and a Yashica APS. 99 degrees and 99% humidity. Didn't seem to bother any of the cameras, 3 years later I still use them all with no problems.

nochance Mar 5, 2005 6:26 PM

Thanks to everyone for your information and suggestions.



Steve K Mar 7, 2005 1:44 PM

A humorous aside - comedian Dennis Miller emceed an outdoor summer event in Houston a while back, saying "It's nice to get to Houston, I don't get enough humidity in my normal job as an Amazon Rain Forest tour guide."

And I've seen audience members throw cans of "Off" (mosquito repellent) to performers at an outdoor ampitheater.

I think we had about 60" of rain last year, and 10" so far this year ... and its raining now. The humidity and temperature both go into the 90's in the summer. But I've never had a problem with either digital (Nikon CoolPix) or film (Canon AE-1 SLR) - but don't leave film in a hot car. A plastic bag is a good idea for thunderstorms, too.


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