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Old August 21st, 2003, 03:16 PM   #1
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Cheap Rainsuit for the VX-2000?

What rainsuit would you guys recommend? I don't really want to spend more than $100... anything decent in that price range?
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Old August 21st, 2003, 04:13 PM   #2
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I have one that came with the PD150 camera kit. It works OK. Made by Petrol, I think B&H lists it for $99.

I've used mine in heavy mist. I suppose if I were going to Kodiak or the rain forest, I'd probably want one of the better covers if not one of the underwater enclosures.

And an assistant with a golf umbrella which how I normally deal with rain. I run under the umbrella w/o the raincover.
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Old August 22nd, 2003, 01:07 AM   #3
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I have ordered the PortaBrace RS PD150 from B&H on Monday. I think its was ~150 US. It better arrive tomorrow, as I leave for a shoot on Saturday.

I have used the Porta Brace Polar Bear(cold whether/ snow with replaceable heaters/hand warmers) for the PD150 while shooting in Salt Lake during the Olympics and I loved it. So I hope the Rain Slicker works just as well.

I will let you know how it works when I return at the end of the month.

Then there is always the plastic bags with rubberbands........ ;o) which by the way I always carry with me on a outdoor shoot

Always be prepared.
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Old August 23rd, 2003, 12:16 AM   #4
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Just a update on the shipping and delivery of my Porta Brace Rain Suit for the PD150. Called B&H today and ask "where is it"?

Well after getting a tracking number the customer service rep was stuned....

Now remember that this was a 2 day UPS shipment schedule to be in Phoenix on Thursday 8/21. Here is the tracking info from UPS as of tonight Firday 8/22. Remember read it from the bottom to the top:

Date Time Location Activity

Aug 22, 2003 1:06 P.M. MESQUITE, TX, US ARRIVAL SCAN
Aug 21, 2003 9:28 P.M. EL PASO, TX, US DEPARTURE SCAN
8:24 P.M. EL PASO, TX, US ARRIVAL SCAN
10:23 A.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US DEPARTURE SCAN
Aug 20, 2003 7:50 P.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US ARRIVAL SCAN
7:20 P.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US DEPARTURE SCAN
5:01 P.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US ARRIVAL SCAN
4:35 P.M. LOUISVILLE, KY, US DEPARTURE SCAN
10:13 A.M. LOUISVILLE, KY, US ARRIVAL SCAN
8:17 A.M. NEWARK, NJ, US DEPARTURE SCAN
6:00 A.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US ARRIVAL SCAN
5:27 A.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US DEPARTURE SCAN
4:05 A.M. NEWARK, NJ, US ARRIVAL SCAN
3:47 A.M. SECAUCUS, NJ, US DEPARTURE SCAN
3:40 A.M. PHOENIX, AZ, US ARRIVAL SCAN
3:37 A.M. LOUISVILLE, KY, US DEPARTURE SCAN
12:48 A.M. SECAUCUS, NJ, US ARRIVAL SCAN
Aug 19, 2003 11:29 P.M. NEW YORK, NY, US DEPARTURE SCAN
8:36 P.M. NEW YORK, NY, US ORIGIN SCAN
7:30 P.M. US BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED


This Rain suit along with 2 boxes of Pan 83 minutes PQ tapes was in Phoeinx 3 times in three days and never got delivered! It is now sitting in Texas of all places.

B&H has shipped a second order to me for Sat AM delivery. Any bets on if it gets here before I board the plane @ 11:30 AM Saturday for Canada???????

dont you just love a plan when it all comes together????? ;o)
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Old September 17th, 2003, 10:10 AM   #5
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Update on the PortaBrace Rain Slicker for the PD150.

Well the second package from B&H arrived 2 hours before I ran to the airport for my BC trip.

Good thing I waited for it. It rained for 3 days straight! Solid continious cold rain.

The PortaBrace Rain Slicker worked GREAT! Never had a problem shooting in a downpour.

Easy access to all the controls and even a cover to use the LCD.

It stayed on the camera for 5 days, only coming off at night to wipe down the unit. Being on a boat for 3 of the 4 days fishing in saltwater, the Slicker proved valuable in protecting the PD150 from salt spray and boat spoo.
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Old September 17th, 2003, 03:22 PM   #6
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Mark Does the Portabrace allow access to the shoe mount on top of the handle and would it be possible to have a XLR box attached to the bottom of the cam? I'm dealing with a VX2k here not the 150 and i know the covers are model specific but just curious in general.
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Old September 17th, 2003, 10:30 PM   #7
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I've been trying to decide which raincover to get for a while now, Mark. You just helped me make up my mind.
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Old October 1st, 2003, 06:18 PM   #8
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Yes you can get to the shoe on top of the handle.

I dont think you could get a box on the bottom. As it is now the bottom of the slicker has a velcro strip all along the bottom and would seal with a box.

Now having said that, if you know a good shoe repair shop, they can sew a "boot" that could use that same velro system the slicker has now.


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