DIY Camera Rain Cover

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DIY Camera Rain Cover
DIY rain covers offer some protection for your camera. (Graeme Robertson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

A rain cover fashioned for your camera's size and shape may minimise the risk of moisture from entering your camera's delicate mechanisms. Starting with a clear, plastic bag large enough to contain the whole camera, your camera's rain cover should allow enough flexibility for you to see and access the camera controls. Strategically placing adhesive tape on the plastic surface helps prevent the plastic from flapping so you can maintain a clear line of sight from the viewfinder to your subject.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Clear plastic bag or zipper-style plastic bag
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Elastic band or dental floss, optional

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    Sizing the Cover

  1. 1

    Cut a hole in the bottom of the plastic bag large enough for a snug fit for the front of the camera lens.

  2. 2

    Place the camera inside the transparent plastic bag with the camera's lens or lens filter aligned with the cut hole. Another option includes removing the lens filter and then placing it back on the lens to catch the cling film. The plastic will flare out from the lens front.

  3. 3

    Bring the bag's open edges to the camera back.

  4. 4

    Cut two or more pieces of adhesive tape. Tape the bag's edges together or overlap like two flaps, an upper and lower flap across the camera back. Allow small openings for the viewfinder and camera straps.

Tips and warnings

  • If the excess cling film balloons too much, especially around the lens, try pressing out the enclosed air. Another option includes tying the excess wrap closer to the camera with dental floss.
  • Experiment with a fit that lets you manoeuvre all the camera controls with ease for that photo opportunity.
  • Keep plastic bags out of reach of small children and pets to avoid suffocation or choking.
  • This plastic bag will not waterproof or seal your camera in damp or rainy weather.

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