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Ran across an article about a new camera case on Cnet today that would work very well for taking a DSLR out on the slopes. The case is not yet available for sale, but the person who designed it is running a project on Kickstarter to raise enough funds for the initial production run. If you pledge $50 you will be shipped a camera case in May 2012 as long as the funding goal is reached. After the production gets under way and he starts selling the cases they are going to retail for $75 plus shipping. So if you would like to get a seemingly good camera case at a discount you may want to check it out, plus it will have a lifetime warranty. The designer describes it as:

 

 

 

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Lifeproof design: The Cam Crate is water proof, mud proof, crush proof,  drop proof & it floats!

One size fits most: The Cam Crate is designed to fit all DSRL cameras without a battery grip installed. A bigger version for cameras with a battery grip will be available at a later date. Cam Crate will fit a full body camera with a telephoto lens.

Lifetime warranty: Cam Crate will come with a no questions asked lifetime warranty against anything. I designed it to last so why not?!

Virtually indestructible: The outer shell is made out of a composite material that is made to take a beating. Cam Crate is built tough.

Quick action door: The door on the Cam Crate is designed for quick opening and closing so you never miss the perfect shot.

 

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A completely rigid and probably heavy waterproof case does nothing that bags with rainfly's can't do, unless you plan on dropping it in the lake or something.  And with the design of that case you'd be stuck with one lens all day and still can't shoot in the middle of downpour.  Kind of a silly idea, IMO.

 

 

For carrying a large DSLR camera with you skiing I would much prefer some kind of chest-mount set-up like the cotton carrier systems http://www.cottoncarrier.com/

 

To water proof your DSLR for shooting in storms just use a large ziploc and cut a hole for the (weather resistant) lens to poke through.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by lovethesteeps View Post

A completely rigid and probably heavy waterproof case does nothing that bags with rainfly's can't do, unless you plan on dropping it in the lake or something.  And with the design of that case you'd be stuck with one lens all day and still can't shoot in the middle of downpour.  Kind of a silly idea, IMO.

 

 

For carrying a large DSLR camera with you skiing I would much prefer some kind of chest-mount set-up like the cotton carrier systems http://www.cottoncarrier.com/

 

To water proof your DSLR for shooting in storms just use a large ziploc and cut a hole for the (weather resistant) lens to poke through.  

 

 

 

For skiing I'm as interested in the shock resistant aspects as the waterproof side. It is guaranteed to prevent your camera from breaking at any drop below six feet and likely will protect it from even higher. A bag with a rain fly may help some with water, but it won't do anything to protect the camera if you yard sale. I lost my footing down here in Costa Rica hiking down into a volcanic crater last week and had I not been holding my DSLR I would have probably broken it when I landed on my backpack. According to the designer if you are using a wide angle lens you can probably fit two lenses in there. Besides unless you are planning on doing a photo shoot for a magazine why would you need to consistently keep anything other than a 70-200 lens or a 15-30 and maybe a 36-120 with you all the time?

 

And FWIW I prefer to just use a waterproof P&S for if its stormy. 


 

 

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Look at the LowePro Sport Sling AW

post #5 of 6

Cam Crate seems like a pretty neat idea, but not so sure it's terribly novel for a skier beyond what's already on the market at the same price point. Pelican has been making super rugged, waterproof cases of all sizes for everything from SD cards to military grenade launchers. I guess the only difference with the Cam Crate is that it comes with a strap, which you probably won't be using when you ski anyway.

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I occasionaly ski with a Lowepro Fastpack 250. While it serves many uses, I bought specifically for skiing with a DSLR.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/531361-REG/Lowepro_LP35194_PEU_Fastpack_250_Backpack_Black.html

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