I’ll be posting my holiday shopping guide next week, and one of the items on this list will be the Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover. Rain covers typically are too big and often require an instruction manual on how to attach them to your camera. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a small simple cover that can keep your camera dry in pouring rain? And still be easy to take photographs in the rain? The Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover does it all!
The simple effective design of this cover is sure to impress. I have the medium size, which works with a 70-200mm, 300mm 2.8 or 500mm 5.6 PF. It should also work with a 200-500mm or similar. First, the cover comes in a small pouch that easily fits in the smallest photo backpack. To attach the cover to your camera/lens, you just slip it over and tighten the velcro strap on the front of the lens. And here is the brilliant part…the cover has a hot shoe plate that attaches to your camera hot shoe to hold the cover in place.
The back of the cover is clear plastic, so you can see your LCD and even look through the viewfinder in a downpour without your camera getting a drop of water on it. The back has a cinch strap to tighten the opening. This cover doesn’t have a tripod opening, but you can easily mount your camera/lens with the cover on. Honestly, I like not having a tripod opening; I hand hold my small lenses a lot, and this is one more spot water can enter. Larger rain covers for big telephotos typically have an opening for the tripod.
And guess what…the medium size costs $40…bargain! Think Tank makes some of the best bags and cases in the business, and this simple effective rain cover exemplifies their innovative design and high quality standards.