Want to bring on a boat

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SuzukiGS750EZ Junior Member • Posts: 28
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Hey guys. I'd like to bring my 5D on a boat out in Salt water. I don't want the spray on my lenses or body. Waterproof housing is 1,500. Do i have any other alternatives?

Andy01 Senior Member • Posts: 4,599
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SuzukiGS750EZ wrote:

Hey guys. I'd like to bring my 5D on a boat out in Salt water. I don't want the spray on my lenses or body. Waterproof housing is 1,500. Do i have any other alternatives?

How big is the boat ? Obviously on a large ship/boat, nothing is required except a strap to prevent you from dropping it overboard. If it is a smaller speedboat or inflatable, then copping sea spray is much more of a reality.

What lenses are you using ?

An option is a "bag" type waterproof enclosure - something like a DicaPac enclosure can be had for less than $100.

Never tried one on a 5D series - the largest I have had in one was a 70D + EF 24-105L when I was snorkeling in Thailand.

There are pretty clumsy to use but they do offer reasonable protection at a budget price - obviously not for diving though.

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OP SuzukiGS750EZ Junior Member • Posts: 28
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The boat is about 15 feet and open to spray. I'd be using probably my 16-35 or 70-200. I'm not shy of spending money, but not $1,500 on a waterproof enclosure. I wouldn't mind using my 80D. Both cameras have battery grips. All my lenses are L lenses.

Tom59 Senior Member • Posts: 1,434
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The optech rain sleeve is a cheap option.  Not completely waterproof but better than nothing. They have a couple different sizes.

Andy01 Senior Member • Posts: 4,599
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SuzukiGS750EZ wrote:

The boat is about 15 feet and open to spray. I'd be using probably my 16-35 or 70-200. I'm not shy of spending money, but not $1,500 on a waterproof enclosure. I wouldn't mind using my 80D. Both cameras have battery grips. All my lenses are L lenses.

You might get a 5D + 16-35mm into a DicaPac bag type enclosure as I mentioned above, but it will not take a 70-200mm. I am not aware of any waterproof enclosure that would take a full size DSLR + 70-200mm - perhaps a rain jacket, which is not waterproof but may be splash-resistant enough for your needs ?

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Ltgk20 Regular Member • Posts: 259
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Are you going to be shooting while the boat is underway or only when it's stationary?  If mostly while it's stationary, keep the camera in the bag (or under a towel) while you're underway and shoot like made when stationary.

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GreatWhiteWing Senior Member • Posts: 1,507
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SuzukiGS750EZ wrote:

Hey guys. I'd like to bring my 5D on a boat out in Salt water. I don't want the spray on my lenses or body. Waterproof housing is 1,500. Do i have any other alternatives?

Don't know if still available but I use an Ewa marine bag on a camcorder years ago. Far less than a hard housing and lets you go to like 10-15 deep underwater. I used off the coast of Kauai , Niagara falls and fresh water pools with great results

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Shaun_Nyc Senior Member • Posts: 2,321
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Just be smart about it if the boat is underway, if you feel any spray don't pull the camera out. Use a protect clear filter on the lens that you don't care much about. Have a clean soft cotton type rag available and a bottle of water to moisten towel for camera/lens/filter wipe downs if needed. When the day is over you should wipe down all gear this way to remove salt air residue even if camera was keep 100% dry.

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BirdShooter7 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,022
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I’ve done quite a bit of photography from small boats and haven’t ever taken any special precautions.  When I get home I usually just wipe everything down with a damp cloth.  So far so good...

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CasperMarly Junior Member • Posts: 27
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Saran Wrap. Works well and you can see the viewfinder - if you cut a small hole to view. Also a hole for the front lens element so you are not shooting through the plastic wrap.

Protects and doesn't cost much at all.

Don't drop the camera into the water as this is not a waterproof housing and water will leak in - mainly through the opening for your lens element.

Norm Neely Senior Member • Posts: 2,806
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CasperMarly wrote:

Saran Wrap. Works well and you can see the viewfinder - if you cut a small hole to view. Also a hole for the front lens element so you are not shooting through the plastic wrap.

Protects and doesn't cost much at all.

Don't drop the camera into the water as this is not a waterproof housing and water will leak in - mainly through the opening for your lens element.

+1

Also consider a Canon 77mm Protector Filter (like Shaun_Nyc mentioned) for your 70-200mm lens. used $41.95

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/763705?gclid=CjwKCAjwuIWHBhBDEiwACXQYsZwkKdYTtWD_ySqcrjcKNLCjJVCt-kjsYWKdduVtpvidoRE2wyRzLBoCU4UQAvD_BwE

New: $64.95

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763705-REG/Canon_2602A001_77mm_UV_Protector_Filter.html

And a lens hood. $44.95

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/239600-REG/Canon_6746A001_ET_86_Lens_Hood.html

You can start the Saran Wrap by taping to the lens hood.

Basically the only things exposed to water spray will be the protective filter and possibly the viewfinder. Both should be easy to clean with damp fresh water cloth. You could carry the cloth in a zip lock bag.

Or some lens wipes. $9.00 at Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/ZEISS-Lens-Wipes-Pre-Moistened-Eye-Glass-Cleaner-Wipes-225-Count/125911673?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&&adid=22222222227086892990&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=200342504307&wl4=aud-1025716567856:pla-324175930456&wl5=1027790&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=125911673&veh=sem&gclid=CjwKCAjwuIWHBhBDEiwACXQYsasjCReQvdFByk8kH4jfZJzAwqa3CkzuwD9T3XiXv_SJU3ri6MgEXxoCLcEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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