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Old October 20th, 2006, 06:23 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Morton Molyneux
I just received a Porta-Brace cover for my 350. The base cover seams to be better designed than previous Porta_brace units I've owned. It does not block the vent holes in the handle. The rain cover is very large. The side pouch it is stored in is twice the size of the pouch on my Betacam or DRS500. There is a large 1 1/4 inch wide, soft rubber gasket and velcrow strap that fits tight around the lens hood to seal it off. A zipper and large flap to get it over the mic and then cover it up. Plenty of room for both hands to control the lens when on the shoulder or on a tripod. A large velcro opening on top to reach the carrying handle. There is enough loose material on top that I can still get a good grip on the handle even if it's sealed off.
If over heating were a concern you could leave the zipper open on the right hand side, and flip the flap that overs the mic over to cover the zipper opening. That flap, and the zipper, runs from about the middle of the mic to the rear of the handle near the heat vent. The camera would still be protected but you could have a large, big enough to put your hand into, or small, the flap can be folded inside it's self to make it smaller, rear facing covered vent to let any heat out right near the fan vent. Hope that makes sense. Of course now that I have it itís not raining.


Excellent post Morton, with good information! Especially about the fan vent concerns. So is the cover you purchased the same Petrol CW-8 linked to in
Vincent's earlier post?

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Old October 20th, 2006, 09:17 AM   #17
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Hi Greg,

No it's different, PortaBrace call it a Shoulder Case


will bring up the product page on PortsBraces's site or just search the site for PDW-F350 It's a new item, they don't even have a photo of it on the site but it's similar to there other products.


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Old October 20th, 2006, 11:13 PM   #18
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You're right, the Porta Brace shoulder case for the 350 is much better than other PB cases I've used. It will take a bit of time to adjust all the velcro for a good fit, but once it's on correctly it's great. In other PB shoulder cases, the rain gear was so small, it would hardly cover the camera and viewfinder ... as posted above, the raingear for the 350 is HUGE. It fit's over a mounted Sennhieser with a big softy, a big wireless box and an Anton Bauer 140, a big Fujinon 16x4.6 and I can still fit my giant hands underneath. I'm not sure I'd use it hurricane conditions but for an occasional downpour or snow it's fine. Nothing beats Glad Bags.
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