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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:50 PM   #1
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Recommendation for a rain cover for A1/G1?

Has anyone found a good rain cover that works well with the A1/G1?
Would prefer the option of being able to also use the LCD.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 06:19 PM   #2
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I bought a Petrol bag for my A1, it it came with a rain cover. It allegedly fits the Z1 and similar size cameras and allows for use of the LCD. I haven't put it on yet to see if that's true. You can check it out at B&H.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 06:24 PM   #3
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thanks Bill - I'll check it out. I also saw that kata had a cover, but I don't know anything about them
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Old November 29th, 2006, 07:09 PM   #4
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This is the one I got:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
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Old November 29th, 2006, 08:38 PM   #5
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I bought a Petrol bag for my A1, it it came with a rain cover. It allegedly fits the Z1 and similar size cameras and allows for use of the LCD. I haven't put it on yet to see if that's true. You can check it out at B&H.
Have you used the Petrol bag with the A1 for very long? Would you recomend it for use around town and for travel (vacation or whatever)? Can you fit the A1 in the bag easily with the wide angle adapter and another mic on it? Does the bag have easily accessible room for attachments? I'm looking for a good bag.
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Old November 30th, 2006, 12:02 AM   #6
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I got one off ebay for the DVX100 it is a generic knock off of a Kata, but of very good quality and it fits well, but a external mic doesn't fit with it.
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Old November 30th, 2006, 12:39 AM   #7
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I saw that Kata is showing the CRC-14 as being applicable to the G1/A1 and it looks like it does support an attached mic. I might try one out
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Old November 30th, 2006, 08:49 AM   #8
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Scroll down in this thread and there's a picture of my A1 in the Petrol bag:

http://dvfreelancer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2288

There's room for an attached mic. The camera can slide back toward the right quite a ways more if you wanted. I have it positioned to the left a bit too much. The bag comes with all these velcro pads and things, which I took out except for the U-shaped cradle ones. You can't see it very well, but there's one at the right for the bottom rear of the camera. It fits perfectly into that, and doesn't slide around. The front one I stuck on the side of the bag to provide a soft pad at the lens end.

I've always used Portabrace bags before but thought I'd try this one. It has some things I like better than Portabrace and some things I don't like as well. The main thing I like is the way it zips open for better access. It also has built-in rigid pieces, like thin sheets of plastic or something, which is nice. And it has a hard bottom with feet--very good when placing it on wet ground. The handle is cool too. One piece snaps into the other for carrying. And the side pockets are really big and roomy.

I think the bag is quite a bit heavier than the Portabrace because of the solid pieces, hard bottom, etc. Zippers seem good and sturdy and overall I like it. My Portabrace bags, however, feel a bit better built. I have some that are 30 years old.

A friend of mine got a Kata for his Z1 and he likes it a lot. There's also a British made bag sold by Tapeworks Texas (sponsor on here). I can't remember the name offhand, but if you buy your A1 from them you get it free. It looks pretty good too, but I couldn't tell for sure from the published info if the lining was plastic or what. It sort of looks like that tough pvc type stuff and there's some info that's a little ambiguous, but I'm not sure. That orange lining of the Petrol is fuzzy velcro-friendly stuff, so you can stick the pads anyplace. I think I like the interior linings of Portabrace better.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:42 PM   #9
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How does the Petrol rain cover for the Z1 work with the A1?
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #10
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I just used the kata I'd been using with my dvx, and it fits the A1 better than it fit the dvx. Had it on with a shotgun, wireless in the hotshoe, and wireless on a bracket one.

http://tinyurl.com/36pxxe
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Old January 29th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #11
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I have the Petrol rain cover but haven't even looked at it yet. I'll check it out soon.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 12:23 AM   #12
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one from b&h is the portabrace

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
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Old January 30th, 2007, 01:19 PM   #13
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Can someone post a pic of the Kata RC-14 over the A1? With the LCD open?
I need to order something soon.. have a short film in the rain coming up, as well as some sport video work (will be dusty/dirty) and need a cover....
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Old February 1st, 2007, 10:13 AM   #14
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Also, has anyone checked out the Kata CRC-15? It looks sweet.
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Old February 1st, 2007, 10:52 AM   #15
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Also, has anyone checked out the Kata CRC-15? It looks sweet.
I have the CRC-15 and it fits fine.

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