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    Default NON-pelican camera bag?

    While I know that the Pelican would be the best for protection I am looking for a easier way to protect my camera while fishing/guiding in an open skiff.

    I know there are many out there with field experience so looking to yoke your wisdom. I have a Nikon D70 with a 18-200 lens and need to keep it accessable and dry/protected. I have had issues with frozen hands and trying to open the good clasps on the Pelican style housings.

    Anyone have some advice?

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    I have padded the inside of an ammo can for a camera box. It works fairly well, and while it takes more effort, is a little faster top open & close than my Pelican box. Can't say it's any better though; mostly just cheaper.

    I have used a small drybag that had inflatable sides for padding. It also had a plastic waterproof "zipper" like a freezer storage bag. That thing was nearly worthless, as getting the camera in & out was a real pain.

    If you are just interested in splash protection, there are some rain sleeves for cameras that might work. I use one in inclement weather.

    I've done two things that I think worked well for me while rafting, but both involved using a different camera than the DSLR. One was to get a small superzoom point & shoot and stuff it into a small Pelican box that was tied fast next to the rower's seat on my raft. I could pop it out between rapids and shoot away with it's long lens and image stabilization. The other one was to use a waterproof point & shoot for the wet stuff, and just keep it hanging around my neck. Both systems worked for me, but I also packed the DSLR for more serious shooting. I just didn't take it out while there was danger of getting wet.

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    Check out the "dryzone" by Lowepro. Link below. Very nice bag and fully waterproof. Got one myself a few months back.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...arch&Q=*&bhs=t



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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Check out the "dryzone" by Lowepro. Link below. Very nice bag and fully waterproof. Got one myself a few months back.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...arch&Q=*&bhs=t



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    That's a very nice bag.

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    Yeah man, they are sweet. I had got some info on the bag from Eddie. Took a while to justify spending the dough as they are not cheap bags. But glad I got one. Actually got mine on Ebay marked down pretty good off the regular price. Around $200 from what I recall. It was a camera store and they sell them on Ebay on a regular basis. Great quality and if out in the bush, taking a float trip, rafting, etc... this is the bee's knees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Yeah man, they are sweet. I had got some info on the bag from Eddie. Took a while to justify spending the dough as they are not cheap bags. But glad I got one. Actually got mine on Ebay marked down pretty good off the regular price. Around $200 from what I recall. It was a camera store and they sell them on Ebay on a regular basis. Great quality and if out in the bush, taking a float trip, rafting, etc... this is the bee's knees.
    Ditto on the Dryzone. I got one from the same place, and other than being almost too big to fit in the overhead storage compartment, it's a great bag (the waterproof zipper can be challenging . . .). I only use it when I'm off the beaten path . . . other than that I use a ThinkTank Airport Antidote . . .

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    Thanks for the replies and links. The Ammo box is looking real good (price and protection), the dryzone looks good but I am looking for something that will protect it from other anglers in the boat as well as dry.

    Again thanks guys,

    George

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    I use a Tamrac padded ballistic cloth camera pack. It's water resistant enough that unless it's pouring I don't worry about it and if I wanted I suppose I could spray it with Scotchgard or an equivalent. I haven't. It's cushioned well enough to protect the camera for my activities. If it's really a wet day I'll keep the whole pack in a boat box or under the seat. Or in a garbage bag if that's all there is. No bother, in hard rain the camera stays stowed.

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    I use a Tamrac padded ballistic cloth camera pack. It's water resistant enough that unless it's pouring I don't worry about it and if I wanted I suppose I could spray it with Scotchgard or an equivalent. I haven't. It's cushioned well enough to protect the camera for my activities. If it's really a wet day I'll keep the whole pack in a boat box or under the seat. Or in a garbage bag if that's all there is. No bother, in hard rain the camera stays stowed.

    Here's the pack I use for my camera, which is nearly identical to yours. I have the 6X.
    http://www.tamrac.com/frame_velocity.htm

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