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Jonathan Buck
Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 23, 2012 at 4:57:09 pm

Hi all,

I have a couple of jobs over the next fortnight doing some promo videos for a chain of nightclubs. I'll be using my new 7D and was wondering if there was any kit any of you could recommend to help protect the camera from the potential spillage of drinks onto the camera that may arise from a big crowd of drunk people!

One photographer recommended different brands of camera armor but they all seem to be more suited to keeping the camera from getting scratched rather than wet. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.

All the best,

Jonathan


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David Eaks
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 23, 2012 at 5:46:09 pm

Does this fit your needs?

http://www.fullcompass.com/product/391662.html?utm_source=googleps&utm_medi...


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 24, 2012 at 4:16:36 am

While not as robust as the first suggestion, this one's a lot cheaper, but read up on it to make sure it doesn't put limitations on any of the camera's functions:

http://www.amazon.com/Delkin-DDSPROC7D-B-Snug-Protective-Camera/dp/B003ZUEY...

Read the reviews for the cons, then make your own choice. Good luck!

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Jonathan Buck
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 24, 2012 at 1:19:55 pm

Thanks for the response Joseph, this bit of kit looks ideal. There's only one thing that I can't seem to find any info on which is a bit of a concern, which is of it covers the hot shoe as well, doesn't that prevent me from attaching my mini-LED lights to the camera? This is a deal breaker since its being used to shoot video in a dark nightclub.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 25, 2012 at 12:18:08 am

There's a mention of that in the cons of one of the reviews in which the reviewer says:

* There is a rubber flap that covers the hot shoe, which was the cause of the problem I was having in attempting to open the onboard flash. I discovered that pulling the flap back before pressing the flash button made the problem disappear.
* The kit comes with a plastic LCD cover. I couldn't get it to stay in place, and did not like peering through the extra layer of plastic. Since I am no fan of digital camera LCD's, this was not an important issue. I never use the cover.

CONCLUSIONS: I recommend the Delkin skin and leave it on my camera at all times. The only serious drawback is the inability to identify the buttons. The need to pull back the hot shoe flap (or the battery compartment surround) is no longer a problem once you understand the issue and get in the habit of doing so. Forget the LCD cover.

So that sounds to me as if maybe it's not a problem. I suggest you read up further to make sure.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Malcolm Matusky
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 26, 2012 at 8:17:18 pm

Clear plastic bag, taped around the lens shade, use a clear filter for protecting the lens, if you use an eyepice tape it around the eye cup as well. You can operate with your hand under the bag from the bottom or just grab the camera through the plastic. Beer on the camera, ick. Careful with your mic's as well, drunks generally grab at them. Simple enough, or get a dedicated rain cover.

Malcolm
http://www.malcolmproductions.com


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David Rehm
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:09:10 pm

As "unprofessional" as this sounds either use clear bags over the camera or even saran wrap. Use tape accordingly. Why spend lots of $$$ when you don't have to? Unless you plan on using the rain bag alot.

David


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Malcolm Matusky
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Nov 27, 2012 at 6:16:43 pm

I always carry "unprofessional" plastic bags and tape, as well as a dedicated rain cover for the camera. For some reason I have to replace the bags a lot, and the rain-cover is still in its case.

Malcolm
http://www.malcolmproductions.com


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Brent Dunn
Re: Camera protection for Canon 7D
on Dec 5, 2012 at 3:10:32 pm

What's nice about the 7D is the water resistant housing. It's already built to hold up to moisture.

I would recommend renting an underwater housing. That will fix the risk.

You can also use a cheap solution, a large gallon sized ziplock plastic bag. Cut a hole for the lens and use a rubber band to seal it. It's better than nothing.

Brent Dunn
Owner / Director / Editor
DunnRight Films
DunnRight Video.com
Video Marketing Toolbox.net

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