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Got back from JH this morning - and the Case Logic worked perfectly. The camera survived a few crashes and kept the camera dry and protected. The camera got some snow on it while I was using it of course - but no lasting damage that a lens wipe couldn't fix.
post #33 of 50

My solution

My solution is a bit unorthodox, but I prefer to use a very good technical skiing daypack and keep the camera inside in a lightly padded Domke insert- The most important thing for me is that a DSLR does not interfere with my stability while skiing, and I feel that the technical daypacks accomplish this task better than any dedicated camera pack that I have seen. My favorites are:

Osprey Switch 26 (not the Switch 16, that one is junk).
Marmot LaMeije (original edition, not the later model that is HUGE)
DaKine HeliPro (a distant second to these two).

I feel that carrying your camera in a fanny pack upsets your balance too much. Holsters and chest harnesses presumably should work, but they look dorky, and in truth are a lot less convenient than they look in the store. It is not that you are going to whip up a telephoto lens
in the middle of doing a mogul run and try to take a picture of your buddy flying next to you... If you are into that kind of shooting, I would get a helmet cam....

post #34 of 50
As Bondo suggests, the chemical hand-warmer thing might work for batteries. I was at Lowes Hardware the other day looking for ways to keep a camera warm and dry. There are some devices for warming pipes and such but nothing low voltage. Sock/boot warmers might work though.

They also had chemical drier packs that dump into plastic units which pull moisture out of the air. Not sure how it might be used in a pack or camera case though as they release the moisture in liquid form.

Didn't find any silica packs. Figure I might just keep the silica packs I get in vitamin bottles and electronic gear and keep them sealed up until deployment in the camera case just prior to skiing. It would be nice if expensive cameras came with a small internal compartment for them. Might be another consumable accessory item for them to sell.

post #35 of 50
You can get some reusible absorbent material that is used in underwater camera cases.

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Have anyone been successful in using moisture-absorbents to keep a camera dry? I find that since my pack is not hermetically sealed the amount of moisture available on the mountain eventually overwhelms any absorbent. Fortunately snow is very clean water, so unlike seawater it does not permanently damage anything. A good DSLR is also surprisingly resilient to moisture penetration, especially if your lenses have rubber gaskets (Canon L does). I do admit that I am totally reluctant to change lenses in a snowstorm . This is probably the worst snow condition that I dared to have my camera out in the elements.

Anything more than that and it is almost pointless- you cannot see anything anyway- and in any case, you should be too busy enjoying the powder.
post #37 of 50
Long ago I tried a plastic bag with rubber bands. I put the camera inside a clear plastic bag and strapped the rubber band around the end of the lens to hold the opening of the bag just shy of the end filter.

This kept both snow and rain off the body (and most of the lens) and I could still see through the viewfinder and operate the camera & lens right through the oversize plastic bag. It was clunky, but kept the camera pretty dry. It also fit easily inside the leather camera case, plastic bag and all so I could hike or ski with the camera outside my pack.

post #38 of 50
That's a good idea. Was the bag interfering with the viewfinder too much?
post #39 of 50
They make plastic protective bags for just that situation (if you don't want to go with a full waterproof case). They are fairly inexpensive and they sure fit better than zip-locks!

Here's a pretty good selection:

post #40 of 50
Rain_Cape? Not sure I'd want to pay $20 for a plastic bag...

I just used large vegetable bags from the grocery store. They have very little printing on them and are thin enough to work the camera through them. The viewfinder can be seen through since the thin bag easily conforms to your face. The only downside is when the cold/wet plastic sticks to your face. Not a big deal, but can be shockingly cold at first.

The image seems blurred through very wet plastic but I tend to focus manually by setting distance anyway rather than focus via thru-the-lens visibility. Auto-focus would take care of it completely. All I really need is framing visibility to adjust zoom and target my prey.

On a brighter note, I once discovered the air trapped in the bag can save your camera when dropped in a river while river rafting (if the trapped air is enough to make it buoyant). Just be quick about grabbing it up before it hits a rock...

post #41 of 50
I've got some disposable rain capes for around $5 each. They are not as durable as the others, but you can reuse them a few times.

post #42 of 50
these are the best hands down. Our school newspaper owns one for every DSLR we shoot. Up here in New England weather can get dicey real fast. I've shot a full football game in near washout conditions with one of these on and it was dry as a bone. And I'm talking torrential downpours.

post #43 of 50
Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

I carry a Canon Digital Rebel XTI with me a good share of the time while skiing.
Sorry - not meaning to highjack the thread. I have the same camera and I get an error message when I use it in the mountains. It seems when it gets cold (maybe condensation?) that the error occurs. Have you had this issue?
post #44 of 50
What's the error message?

Does it do this in the car when you first arrive (while still warm)? If so, it might be an altitude thing instead of cold. You might also keep it in your coat and try again at the top before it gets cold.

You can test for 'cold' problems just by putting it in the fridge at home for a while and then testing it. If it still works, try the freezer for a short while and test again.

Just make sure the camera has been in very dry air for a while before doing this as you don't want humid air to condense inside the camera when it goes in the fridge or freezer. Proper cold weather functionality is high on my own list of desirable characteristics for a new camera.

post #45 of 50
no way!
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This is somewhat off the topic but just bought my wife an inexpensive video camera for this kind of thing. It is a waterproof Sanyo Exacti E2, basically a very compact pistol grip 8mp video cam that records onto an SD card. It is capable of stills as well as video. Not much more than a point-and-shoot (and about the same size)but should fit into a jacket chest pocket. I am not teaching skiing anymore but I think this would've been a great tool to have for teaching. I wonder if anyone here has taken one of these things skiing?
post #47 of 50
Originally Posted by Dumb Swede View Post
Sorry - not meaning to highjack the thread. I have the same camera and I get an error message when I use it in the mountains. It seems when it gets cold (maybe condensation?) that the error occurs. Have you had this issue?
Hi, Swede.

Sorry for the really slow response, but I haven't visited this forum for awhile.

I wish I could help, but I don't seem to ever get that error message. I've used my camera a whole bunch in the mountains and never had that happen. I've had a few times where the lens (and viewfinder) get fogged from condensation, but that doesn't seem to affect the actual operation of the camera.

I almost always have the camera around my neck and tucked inside my coat, so it doesn't really get cold until I unzip my jacket and take photos. So far, that whole arrangement seems to have worked just fine.

Good luck with yours.
post #48 of 50

I ski with this sling pack carrying cannon 20D. I have an older 7 series. It fits lenses up to 200mm and does not bounce around too much. Easy to swing around for pics or chair rides.



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   I use a dakine "Sequence" Pack. I've found it holds the gear much closer to my body and more balanced than several others I've tried. Lowepro makes the best all around camera bags, but they don't ride very well while doing active sports. The Sequence has a back opening camera and lens area and has some other cool stuff like diaganol ski carry and goggle pouch. I don't recommend the Slingshot as it only has one strap, unless you don't ski very hard.

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I have a D40 and use it all the time on the hill. I carry is same way as Bob Peters and seens to work well. They make Camera Armor (http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/222045502.htm) and waterproof housings though the waterproof is a bit bulky for skiing, the armor i do think would work well for a little more protection on the hill.

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