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I need to be prepared to be shooting in the rain in Northern Alaska.  What can I do to protect the camera and onboard monitor while still having access to the controls and being able to see my image?

I'll be shooting on a C300ii on a shoulder rig with matte box, follow focus, 5" monitor and gold mount batteries on the back.  

Thanks!

 

 

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Kevin. as mentioned I would buy one designed for the camera or one of the Portabrace storm covers .. they are expensive but will keep the rain out.. I don't think there is any rain cover that isn't a pain by the definition alone.. its covering stuff .. :)..   Ive also found using the French flag on a Mattbox, is great for keeping the rain off the lens .. which is the biggest nuisance really..

The c300 is a bit more of pain as it doesn't have a "real" EVF.. I think your better off having your eye /head up against the camera looking through an actual EVF, than a monitor shooting hand held in the rain.. maybe get a Zacuto EYE or something .. Zacuto also have a very good anti fog filter for EVF,s..

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12 hours ago, Robin R Probyn said:

The c300 is a bit more of pain as it doesn't have a "real" EVF.. I think your better off having your eye /head up against the camera looking through an actual EVF, than a monitor shooting hand held in the rain.. maybe get a Zacuto EYE or something .

You can make an excellent Zacuto replacement using one or two close-up filters and something to hold them.

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33 minutes ago, David Mawson said:

You can make an excellent Zacuto replacement using one or two close-up filters and something to hold them.

As an anti fogging filter ..?  or an EVF ..?   sorry but cant visualize that .. 

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As stated already, use the certified covers regarding your camera model to be in the accepted range of treatment. In my home country this is even required by the rules of the production ensurance and the coverage of it in worsed case.

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use a clear garbage bag for the camera - they are bendable, cuttable, and very easily replaceable. you can still see and push camera buttons through them

use small binder clips to attach the bag to the mattebox

cover the on-boarx monitor with a clear ziploc bag, pull it tight, and wrap elastic bands around the base of the noga arm

be creative - we use food wrap (saran wrap? cling wrap?) if needed, bongo ties, elastic bands, clips of all sorts

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At the expendables suppliers here in Oz, we have "camera covers" which are just big clear plastic "bags" (essentially), which we just cut holes in, where needed, for monitors, evf etc. 

A bit of tape around the edges of the cuts (to help reinforce them a little) helps a lot. And if you really want to go all out - velcro strips along the bottom to hold the "opening" of the bag together is pretty tidy (most of the time we just use tape or clamps.

 Here's an F35 with the bag treatment:

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