DIY 'blimp' case makes Nikon D800 silent and waterproof for $80
So-called 'blimp' cases are designed to greatly reduce the sound of a camera's shutter, making it safe to take record shots during filming for TV and movies. Typically, commercial blimp cases cost upwards of $1000, but pro photographer Dan Tabár made his own using a Pelican case, some ABS pipe fittings, a wireless shutter release, and other simple parts sourced at a hardware store, for around $80.
|The materials that Tabár used to create his homemade blimp case are pretty inexpensive, and mostly sourced from local photo and hardware stores.|
As well as soundproofing his Nikon D800, Tabar's case also renders the camera waterproof. By building space inside for a wireless trigger, Tabar trips the camera's shutter externally, removing the need to drill a hole in the case for a remote release, or shutter doubler. Images can be composed and reviewed through a window in the rear of the case made of Lexan - a tough polycarbonate resin. Operation is full-auto though - unlike some dedicated weaterproof casings (and lightweight fabric blimp cases) there's no way of adjusting exposure settings once the camera is sealed inside Tabár's DIY case.
|Tabár printed a life-size picture of his D800 to act as a guide when fitting out the inside of the Pelican case to accept the real camera.||Tabár modified his sound blimp with Lexan, rather than glass for greater durability.|