Which Rain Covers for Keeping Your Gear Dry?

Posted May. 27th, 2015 by Daniel J. Cox

Hi Dan,

I am considering getting rain covers for the Brazil trip and other trips. I have looked at the LensCoat Rain Coat. There are several models: one with no arm sleeve, one with a right arm sleeve for the camera controls(no separate left arm sleeve for lens controls) and one with both right and left arm control sleeves.

Do you have any recommendations?



This is the Op/Tech Mega Cover Rain Sleeve.

This is the Op/Tech Mega Cover Rain Sleeve.

Which rain covers for keeping your gear dry? Doug, sorry I missed this until now. I have to say I’m a minimalist when it comes to rain gear for my cameras. My favorite is without a doubt the cheap, yet very worthy, Op/Tech glorified plastic bag. These things are incredibly inexpensive so I regularly buy several and keep them all around me. I have one or two in all my camera bags, one in my truck, one in  my office, one in my day pack. you get the idea. They are amazing and are proof positive that expensive is not always better. Can’t recommend them highly enough. They are awesome.

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  1. Doug BrayOn Jun. 2nd, 2015

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for the info.

    Debra and I are currently on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest where we have had spotty Internet and email coverage, thus delaying my response. The Olympus 4/3 system has been great for this trip, unlike our Nikon D810 and pro lenses.

    See you and Tanya in Brazil this September.

    Best wishes,


  2. DeanOn May. 30th, 2015

    I just shot my kids’ Girls Lacross game. State Champions!!!! Hoorary. Go Columbus Academy Vikings. OK, now that I got that out of the way, here’s the relevance to this post. Just as the game was beginning, there was a torential downpour. Photographers were scramblint to cover themselves and their gear. But, not me! I was shooting with the Olympus E-M1 and 40-150mm 2.8 Pro. Both are weather-sealed! And, I didn’t miss a shot (in fact, I was the only one still shooting). I got soaked, as did my gear. But, making sure keep the rain from hitting the front of the lens by positioning the lens and it’s revolutionary retractable hood, I was able to continue shooting through the storm. Absolutely amazing! So, camera/lens “rain coats” are for wimps! ;0) I just wiped camera and lens down with a towel after the deluge stopped. I was also shooting with an Olympus E-M5 II and 12-40 mm 2.8 Pro with similar results. Rain, even a downpour, was not an issue.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 30th, 2015

      Without a doubt the weather sealing in the Olympus is impressive. Thanks for adding you voice.

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