How to Keep Your DSLR Camera Lens Safe in Rain

Some lenses are waterproof, but DSLR lenses will need protection in the rain. These lenses have elements inside them that can be seriously damaged with water.

Avoid Destruction

If you cannot afford to splurge on real waterproofing gear, then try to make one yourself. Your cover can be as cheap and available as a plastic trash bag. As long as there are no holes or leaks, you should be fine. Tear a small hole in the bottom of the bag and squeeze the front element of your lens through it. It needs to be as tight as possible and can be sealed with some tape if you have some. Then, you can stick your head into the open end of the trash bag to get your eye to the viewfinder.

Wiping Drops

The front element of the lens is still going to get wet. Ideally, you should have a clear filter taking the water, but it is not completely necessary. The reason is that you are probably going to be wiping the glass several times while you are shooting. It is always preferable to wear down a filter rather than your lens. Additionally, the extra length that the filter adds will allow you to keep more of your lens under the plastic.

Shooting in the rain will not be worth it if you damage your lens. Protecting it is not difficult.

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