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07-17-2015, 07:18 AM   #1
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Tubing with my DSLR

We will be going tubing this weekend down a local river. Nothing crazy, just floating down and drinking some beverages.
I would really like to bring my K-30 and DA* 50-135/DA18-55WR.

Does anyone have any ideas how i can store them when i'm not using them? I don't have a pelican or anything crazy like that, nor do i have room for it. Right now i'm thinking about getting a couple big ziploc bag's and just keeping them in there when not in use.

There is a pocket in the tube i will be using to hold them, but it's not lidded or waterproof or anything.

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If you use ziplocks...Use 3! "should" be water tight. And use the normal zip locks, not the ones with the little slide that moves back and forth. Those aren't sealed as well. Make sure it's water tight by putting socks in it and sinking it in the tub as a trial run.
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I've also heard of people using old ammo boxes. I think those are supposed to be fairly water-tight.
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I would get a small Pelican Case and use it. Easy access ! Still back it up with a single Zip-Lock and Your good to go.

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I found a dew options online at local stores. I'm going to take a look after work.
I didn't even think of looking into kayak equipment.
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A dry bag is the best way to go. Amazon.com : SealLine Baja Dry Bags : Boating Dry Bags : Sports & Outdoors

If you are going to use ziplocks, get freezer bags, they are more hefty than the standard bags.
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Multiple options available here:
ewa-marine K-30 search results

ewa-marine U-B Underwater Housing is probably the best bet unless you want to take a lens with a 77mm filter, or use your flash.

Pelicans and stuff aren't going to let you take pictures without risking getting the camera wet. If your question was "I need to swim to a small island to take pictures, how can I keep my camera dry til I get there" they would be a good answer, but not for "I want to use my camera while I'm in a river"
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narual,

this isn't going to be white water tubing by any means. It's much more like floating down a lazy river in a water park. Without all the crazy splashing and jets. I think the tubes we're using are harder to top over then a canoe. I have a feeling that a waterproof housing will be somewhat overkill :-)

i'm thinking more along the lines of, " i want a dry place to keep my camera when i'm not taking pictures, and i won't have it out the entire time."

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00169HXW2 at $50, that one's cheaper by several hundred dollars than the one I linked a moment ago. I just ordered one of these myself for a canoe trip, just in case.

Not sure why the description on that says "compact digital cameras" when the product page on the manufacturers website says that model is good for things like Nikon D700, Canon 5dMk3 and so on. The model they actually recommend for pentax DSLRs is the WP-S5, which is a bit smaller, but I wanted space for a larger lens that the WP-S10 gives you.

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i like that. Let me know how it fits and works, if you can.
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QuoteOriginally posted by link81 Quote
narual,

this isn't going to be white water tubing by any means. It's much more like floating down a lazy river in a water park. Without all the crazy splashing and jets. I think the tubes we're using are harder to top over then a canoe. I have a feeling that a waterproof housing will be somewhat overkill :-)

i'm thinking more along the lines of, " i want a dry place to keep my camera when i'm not taking pictures, and i won't have it out the entire time."
I wouldn't call it a housing, even if they use that term. When I see "housing" I think like those Ikelite things that completely case the camera in hard plastic, with outside buttons that press the inside buttons, and maybe some big handles with strobes attached, and a cost well in excess of the camera price.

These are more like a clear bag with a port for the lens. But I didn't realize how expensive they were, which is how I ended up looking at the other brand

I've used a similar bag for my phone at the beach. Didn't really take many pics with it, but there was one beach on our honeymoon that people suggested not leaving anything of value sitting unattended, so the wallet and phones went in waterproof pouches and came in the water with us.

If you go that route or even with the ziplock bags (especially if you use the ziplock bags), you might want to drop half an alka seltzer tablet in there (if you're doing the ziplock, do at least 3 layers, and put a half tablet inside each layer. if it gets wet, it'll puff out and you'll immediately know you have a leak.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rangercarp Quote
A dry bag is the best way to go. Amazon.com : SealLine Baja Dry Bags : Boating Dry Bags : Sports & Outdoors

If you are going to use ziplocks, get freezer bags, they are more hefty than the standard bags.
+1
I use a dry bag for kayaking and it works great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dlanor Sekao Quote
I would get a small Pelican Case and use it.
a pelican case will cover multiple lenses, when it's sealed it should float, and it's more durable and watertight than anything else in this thread.

can't shoot with it tho :-)
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When I go trekking and there are river crossing or a poor weather forecast I use sealed kitchen containers as in tupperware etc. They have the added advantage of being crush proof.
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Ok, i hate to be the debbie downer, but i recommend not taking your DSLR on the river. I ruined my K-5 + 18-135 when my canoe tipped and my gear took a swim. Everyone thinks it wont happen to them, but the risk reward ratio is small. Chances are you will get the same shot with a true waterproof camera as you would tubing down a river.

Just my 2 cents
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