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Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« on: October 09, 2007, 11:53:35 AM »
Piphols,
(to the mods, pls take the necessary actions to my post if I posted this incorrectly - theres an existing thread already or i posted in the wrong board. Thanks.)

How do you keep your gear safe in a beach setting?

I already brought my gear to Puerto Galera once, but I kept it in the room most of the time because of the activities we had, which involves a lot of water.
 
I have a Boracay getaway coming up and i want to bring my gear around with me all the time so i wont miss out on photo ops. I do have a small tamrac shoulder bag that holds my 400d, but its not water proof. Based on my itenerary, we'll be island hopping and paraw sailing. My worst nightmare is that my camera will fall to the bottom of the deep blue or stolen  :'(

I think the more correct question will be: How do you carry your gear around on such trips?

Thanks in advance.
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Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« on: October 09, 2007, 11:53:35 AM »

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007, 12:08:04 PM »
one suggestion is to have an assistant that will hold your cameras and bags.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007, 12:35:46 PM »
im not sure how you can protect your gear from getting wet but there's are bags in the market that have anti-theft features, they are snatch-proof, slash-proof and tamper-proof.  check out their website, www.pacsafe.com. their products are available locally in rustan's department stores.
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007, 12:41:56 PM »
Garbage bag po...

Put your whole tamrac in it while on the banka and take it out once you dock on a beach somewhere.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2007, 12:43:43 PM »
2 layers of black trashbag when on the bangka & malakas ang splashes ng tubig. otherwise just keep it strapped to you in the camera bag or to your body all the time.
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2007, 06:14:20 PM »
check out Lowepro Dryzone, it's claimed to be water-proof. For theft, just sling the bag with you all the time
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 06:43:47 PM »
Mga Sir,

Paano naman po ma-protect sa salt water breeze yung camera.  Yung dati ko po kasing P & S, after a month may mga puti-puti (molds yata yun) akong napansin...

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 06:53:41 PM »
hi nullcondition, I  suggest always bringing your bag and camera with you and not leaving it in the room and missing shots, or worse, having it stolen where you left it. your current bag should protect your gear from occasional splashes but as an added protection, use a garbage bag or if you can afford it, use a drybag and put your bag and camera inside when you're in the boat,  or, get a gallon-size heavy-duty resealable plastic bag, duct tape the sealed sides, tape a dessicant inside, put your camera inside, take the excess air out  then put it in your camera bag. if you sealed the plastic bag, it should resist a dunk in the water, but not a long  immersion or submersion. so should your boat capsize, hold your bag on top of your head while you tread,   he he :)

as for salt encrustaion,  only take your camera out if you're about to take pictures, avoid exposing your camera even to the slightest sea breeze, then clean your gear at the end of the day. I got the zipper of my bag stuck because of encrusted salt up to now but at least the camera's safe. :) 

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 07:12:43 PM »
Ako I didn't bother putting the bag in a plastic bag (although I have a couple in the pocket), I just placed it under my seat.

When walking around with my cam, I just put it around my neck and cover it with a towel. In my wife's pouch I have a blower, lenspen and a plastic bag.

Just make sure you clean your cam when you go back to your hotel room.

So far buhay pa cam ko ;D ;D

If you worry too much about your gear you won't enjoy bora.

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Spend some days enjoying the beach and some days taking pics lang.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 07:23:27 PM »
ako I always bring lock and lock pag alam kong may water ang pupuntahan ko.. like last week I was in boracay and we planned to walk from station 1 to almost station 3... from station 1 to station 3x umulan ng malakas.. hihinto aaraw.... so pag nararamdaman ko nang papatak na ulan itatago ko na cam ko sa lock and lock and point and shoot na lang.. pag tapos na ulan at maaraw na labas ko ulit... pag umuulan naman yun olympus ko gamit ko kaya may picture pa din...  ;D

pag island hopping naman yun pa din dala ko "lock and lock". pag safe ang water yun tipong di maalon nilalabas ko to shoot... before plastic bag and towel with umbrella dala ko...

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2007, 11:12:48 PM »


during heavy rain and dust i get a transparent shower cap and put it on the body of the camera, with the opening of the cap facing the same way as the lens. the opening should then fall on the lens which i then use a rubber band to secure.

The viewfinder may be a bit fuzzy because of the plastic, but its better than a garbage bag with zero visibility. Add more plastic bags around the lens and tightly tie with a rubber band (make sure it doesn't get too tight around the moving focus parts, I don't really bother much with that part of my 24-70L cause its suppose to be weather sealed and it internally focuses).

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2007, 11:24:51 PM »
tiwala lang ako hahahaha! i'm in the beach right now. i just put it in my brazillion dollar home along with my laptop. bantay bantay na lang talaga. pag mahulog siya sa dagat talagang dedo yun. unless nasa loob ng pelican. basta banat lang ako ng banat when shooting outdoors. the shot is very important. :)
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2007, 11:37:46 PM »
if i had money...id buy a pelican case...but i saw a "wonderful" (wonderful is also a brand of dry cabinets sold in hidalgo) case that looks like pelican cases and its cheaper. I thing if you have your 400d...there is a case that costs 2,700 pesos....looks like a briefcase...but i think its water proof.

Another option is the water proof small duffel bags in tobys.... these are the yellow canvass bags usualy displayed in the window of tobys sport stores. costs around 1,200-2,500 and you can put a laot of stuff even clothes.
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2007, 11:40:23 PM »
nyahaha..that's the attitude Jp..Well your cam is made for all weather naman eh.. So better use it well to maximize its features..hehehe
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2007, 11:48:04 PM »
just put the lens cap on when not shooting... and bring a lint free cloth just in case theres splashes... sinugod ko yung cave with my 30d and was taking pictures inside the boat ok lang yun! just clean it very well before going to sleep... hehe

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2007, 11:56:35 PM »
for drybags try diver's point along wilson st san juan. anniversary sale sila and i saw dry bags going for 400 pesos lang.  ;)
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2007, 12:57:44 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion guys.. I'll drop by diver's point and toby's for the drybags/waterproof bags one of these days, but just in case i'll buy me heavy duty trashbags.. Sadly i cant afford pelican briefcases yet  :'( I cant even buy me my dream set of lenses :'( Anyway, your suggestions are noted and i will do my very best to keep my gear safe and clean and still make the photos.. :)

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2007, 07:29:40 PM »
Share ko lang...

Papunta kami ng camotes island yung cam at mga lente ko nka ziploc na plastic bags tpos nka goma pa. The water came splashing over the boat dahil may bagyo nun.

Luckily water proof po ang Crumpler Farmer's Double ko...hurray for Crumpler bags and ziplocs weheheh
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2007, 10:04:18 PM »

 will the portable VAM dry box help ?
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2007, 04:41:16 PM »
i read somewhere how to wrap your camera in a plastic bag and at the same time take pictures.
[1] remove your camera's eyepiece cup(?) and your lens' hood
[2] put the plastic bag over the camera (with the opening of the plastic bag pointing downwards)
[3] carefully tear the plastic bag at the eyepiece and the end of your lens (they say you can use your fingernails for this). the hole should not be too big (or water will get in).
[4] slip over your eyepiece cup(?) - that should hold the plastic bag in place
[5] slip on your lens' hood - that should hold the plastic bag in place

your camera should now be protected, while allowing you to shoot (and even get rained)

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