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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

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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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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2012, 09:06:42 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

Did the same thing on a trip to Boracay, I placed my camera and lens in a large Ziploc bag, but cut a hole, big enough for the lens hood to peep through.  I then placed rubber bands to keep the hole on the lens hood.  I'm still able to use my viewfinder, see my LCD, press my buttons, and have manual focus when needed.  When I'm not using my camera, I put the whole thing into another Ziploc bag with no holes.  Looks dorky when in use, but it works for me.  :)

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2012, 08:32:26 AM »
Ako naman po, i bought a Dicapac for DSLRS. Fitted yung camera with a standard zoom in it. Kahit hindi mo man gamitin for underwater, at least protected sya sa sand and (of course) splashes of water. Lalo sa Boracay, sands there are very fine. Mahirap na pag pinasok ang mga gild gilid ng lens.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2012, 12:49:11 PM »
Ako naman po, i bought a Dicapac for DSLRS. Fitted yung camera with a standard zoom in it. Kahit hindi mo man gamitin for underwater, at least protected sya sa sand and (of course) splashes of water. Lalo sa Boracay, sands there are very fine. Mahirap na pag pinasok ang mga gild gilid ng lens.
Yep Dicapac is one of the relatively cheaper and safer choices (meron sa DPOnline). You can even attempt underwater photography with it. Kung natutubog sa tubig it will be safe against splashes and what have you.

Kahit kasi me plastic bag exposed pa din front element mo eh (water creeping possibility parang nabasang pantalon) and it will not be water tight so heavy splashes will still be a problem. Functionality may also be hindered especially with heavy water splash or wind kapag plastic/garbage bag lang tapos you want to shoot while on the boat.

Another alternative is Nereus sold in Digital Walker pero mas mahal to sa Dicapac IIRC.
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2012, 11:59:48 PM »
I find the Dicapac underwater housing difficult to work with. It's an additional bulk, the buttons are difficult to operate and the zoom lens is also difficult to rotate. When snorkeling, it has lots of air that you can't even dunk the thing beyond the surface.  :(


Dry bags are the way to go. Nowadays, they come in backpacks, dedicated DSLR bags, etc. I'm a backpack person so the drycomp ridge sack of Outdoor research fits me perfectly. I'm a bit concern though that the dry fabric might tear from sharp edges. Field tested it thrice, so far so good.






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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2012, 12:14:52 AM »
I find the Dicapac underwater housing difficult to work with. It's an additional bulk, the buttons are difficult to operate and the zoom lens is also difficult to rotate. When snorkeling, it has lots of air that you can't even dunk the thing beyond the surface.  :(

Dry bags are the way to go. Nowadays, they come in backpacks, dedicated DSLR bags, etc. I'm a backpack person so the drycomp ridge sack of Outdoor research fits me perfectly. I'm a bit concern though that the dry fabric might tear from sharp edges. Field tested it thrice, so far so good.

It is often advised to get a fixed FL prime when using Dicapac and similar housing preferebaly a wide lens or that which doesn't extend (IF). Bulky nga sya and gets a bit of getting used to to operate but the thing is it does lets you operate and shoot during any wet condition and possibly shoot a little on shallow water but this is not really for diving IMHO. Dry bags are good transport mediums but only for storage not for operational purposes. Yung TS kasi sabi niya gusto niya mag shoot sa boat or sandy or wet places eh and Dicapac lets you do that while protecting your gear all of the time.

As for dry bags madali lang naman malaman kung me tear eh. Just seal them up with some air inside and test if for air leaks kung meron then you're compromised. I bought cheaper ones made from "trapal" from sportshouse. Set me back around P500 per 20L very cheap and easy to replace if it tears but still hasn't for me.
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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2012, 11:56:52 AM »
Gear ko nakarating na ng Puerto Galera at Puerto Princesa. Lagi ko dala gear ko at never ko iniwan sa room. Sa mga boat rides naman ay never ko sya nilalabas ( except sa underground river pero nilagyan ko sya ng plastic habang nasa ride kami. ) Ingat lang talaga katapat pero syempre kung may extra cash ako bibili ako ng lowepro dryzone kasi can't help na mag- alala pag nasa boat eh.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2012, 10:50:32 AM »
I usually just bring a dry bag, and I place my small camera bag inside when taking a small boat, or when dropping my bag on wet sand.

Otherwise, I place plastic bags with lots of silica inside my camera bag, and I just transfer my lenses inside the plastic if I think there's a chance of it getting wet (I use a camera bag with no 'weather resistance' at all, I once took it out in a slight drizzle and water seeped in easily.  Although most of the 'popular' bag manufacturers - Lowepro, Tenba etc.. usually use somewhat resistant materials even if a bag doesn't have an actual raincover)

If you don't like carrying your gear around, you can check out stuff like Pacsafe's camera gear protector >> link


Smallest I think is 25L, and you can get them at Rustan's and Henry's, and maybe some Travel Club stores.


But bottom line is, don't get saltwater on your gear, and don't worry about it too much.  Don't be scared to use your gear, most gear can take a beating.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2012, 04:07:13 PM »
Regarding traveling to places with water, salt or fresh water, the cheapest is to have several large garbage bags. On a boat, if the waves get to be too rough, just put your entire camera bag in the garbage bag. Presto instant water proof case. I do this often and you can have an instant rain cover for your camera. Just follow the tips in this thread on how to make one for your camera. I usually bring several rubber bands to fit the garbage bag more snugly around the camera. This is most useful when you go to the underground river in Peurto Princesa.

The bags used by divers are very good and more durable. I have used them and they can withstand rough handling. You just have to but a towel in it so that you can use it to wrap your camera. This serves as an added protection especially unexpected bumps. With this type of bags, you can get your camera easily by unrolling the bag. I use this when I go to rough terrain like caving in Sagada (again with my handy towel and also keeps my valuables like cellphone and ipod safe) .

I don't have any water proof camera bags...a little expensive for me when there are cheaper options. The dicapac case for dlsr can really protect your camera but shooting with these especially if you are snorkeling can be difficult. I have one and have used it only 3-4 times. Since it is easier to use a p and shoot with an underwater case, I just use this set-up when snorkeling.

One lesson I learned is to put the most versatile lens I have and just try not to change lens when in a beach or on a boat. The elements are too unpredictable. Dust and water can get into you camera while changing lenses. This happened to me (dust I mean) and my shots after this incident had dark spots on it for the rest of my trip. Had to have it cleaned professionally when I got back.

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Re: Keeping your gear safe in the Beach
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2012, 04:54:37 PM »
I carry a big plastic bag then binabalot ko sa loob ng almost 3 times yung camera hanggang may mahawakan.  Ginagamit ko lang kapag safe na yung position ko.

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