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Old July 23rd, 2009, 06:56 PM   #1
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Good Raincoat for XLH1 with Adapter Holder?

I was caught out in a shower yesterday without a raincoat for my H1. Luckily, it was over quickly before any damage was done. I have used Petrol in the past with my Sony DSR-570, but XLH1s can be configeured in so many ways, it's tough to make a choice based solely on a catalog description. My H1 is setup with a

•Formatt Matt Box up front,

and an Adapter Holder which has an

•Anton Bauer Gold Mount plate, and a
•Firestore FS-C out back.

It's quite a sled! A pretty long rig, but really functional.

Anyone have a recommendation as to which raincoat works well on such a lengthy setup?


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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #2
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I have a Porta Brace that has a lot of extra room. I can fit an Anton Bauer battery on the back on an adapter and still have some room. It is labeled as model "RSXL", but I got it a long time ago so the model may have changed.
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Old July 24th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Porta Brace: Thanks!

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I have a Porta Brace that has a lot of extra room. I can fit an Anton Bauer battery on the back on an adapter and still have some room. It is labeled as model "RSXL", but I got it a long time ago so the model may have changed.
Thanks, Barry, I'll definately take your comments into consideration.

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Old July 25th, 2009, 02:56 AM   #4
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You can always find a good local seamstress / needlwork shop nearby and have one made up. You can get advice on waterproof materials, choose the colour right for you and have extra pockets added - together with a pvc window here and there.

The last thing I had made tailored to the application was a shroud for a teleprompter, they place velcro all around the screen edge and the shroud, included a light barrier wrap over where it joins the lens and elasticated the lens hole so it fits any lens without the need for adjustment. All up £15 / $24 - and when I went to collect it - she threw in a spare already made up because I gave her excess fabric and velcro!

Having it made up can be so cheap you can look at alternatives for when you have a bare bone cam set up as opposed to the full sled scenario.

WORST CASE SCENARIO make sure you have a large golfing brolly in your vehicle.

Very worst case scenario - I have been known (bet others have too) to take off my jacket and put it over my camera. It has provoked odd comments from passers by but hell - they're not paying the otherwise repair bills!
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Old July 25th, 2009, 06:21 AM   #5
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I've got the Porta-Brace but honestly never used it in 2yrs. I'd have to fit it before I went out and if it was raining that hard I probably wouldn't go.

What I have used and find useful is a large black plastic garbage bag carried screwed up in my pocket. Great for sudden showers.

Carry a golf umbrella too and if it looks like raining constantly, an assistant.

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I find the bag surprisingly efficient too. You poke a hole and stick the lens through, and then another hole for the viewfinder. When I do outdoor shoots a lot of times I'll put the bag on first, and then roll the edges up as far as they'll go. That way if the rain starts I just roll it down, and bam, instant rain protection.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #7
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Petrol Rain Cover

Aloha friends,

Well, I opted for the Petrol PRC-XL Rain Cover. I had great succes with a Petrol cover for my Sony DSR-570, and this thing looks to be even better. Clear sections where you need to see camera controls, a section that's pleated so you can grab the camera by the handle, viewfinder and shotgun mic ports, and a velcro fitting to surround the mattbox. Great stuff, and amazingly, it was only $49 at B&H. What a deal!

I read the comments about not shooting in the rain. For me, that is not an option. In my business, I shoot a lot of documentaries, and you've got to be able to work around water and in the rain. With the proper rain gear for yourself and the camera, you can be comfortable and make great images.

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