Dry Zone Camera Bag
Dry Zone Camera Bag
www.lowpro.com - $364.00
Review by Steve
There's not a videographer around who has not been caught in
a downpour at one time or another when on a shoot or simply lugging
their gear to the airport. It has happened to me a great many
times in my travels around the world and usually when I am far
from shelter. For the photographer or videographer wishing they
had a waterproof camera bag, Lowepro has introduced 2 bags, the
DryZone 100 and 200, which do the job and ease the mind.
The DryZone 200 is the model I
have tested and, believe me, I gave it a real workout on a very
recent and rainy shoot in Alaska. With interior dimensions of
12 x 5.9 x 16.9 it supplied ample room for my Nikon D200, and
an assortment of batteries, chargers, cables and lens. Its empty
weight is just under 7lbs. Several velcroed interior panels are
supplied and can be re-positioned for your personal configurations.
By providing fully adjustable shoulder straps, and great lumbar
support, the DZ 200 fit very comfortably in back pack mode whether
I was hiking through the drizzly outback of Alaska or working
my way through the maze of several airports. When lifting, the
wide rubber handles also fit comfortably in your hand rather
than cutting into your skin as many straps can do.
What the DryZone 200 is, is really
a cam bag within an outer shell, a bag within a bag. The fully
waterproof plastic coated nylon shell is accompanied by a sealed
zipper, which completely encloses the soft-sided inner shell.
Like the dry suit I wore in the freezing waters of Alaska, the
outer shell serves the same purpose, that of protecting any camcorders,
cameras and any other valuables within from the wet and dusty
extreme conditions you might find yourself in. Supplied is a
small tube of zipper lubricant for the outer shell. You will
need it, especially at first, when it took a mighty pull just
to initially open it. Once this zipper is lubricated and the
zipper pull is passed over the entirety of the zipper a few times,
opening and closing the outer shell became a great deal easier.
Not sure what kind of lubricant it is, but my guess is that when
what you have is used up, any kind of silicone lube would do
For those extended treks through the
woodlands or over glaciers, the Dryzone 200's provided tuck-away,
tripod holder straps held my tripod in place, and drainable,
outside mesh pockets are there for anything that you might want
instant access to. The folks at Lowepro say that this bag is
fully immersable and will float on water if dropped overboard.
I did not test these characteristics; there's no use pushing
providence. However, if it keeps my gear warm and dry I am happy.
My bottom line is that the bags' construction
is of top notch quality and is the most comfortable backpack
cam case I have used. My gear remained perfectly dry at all times
and thus the Dryzone 200 provided the water protection it promised.
Douglas is a certified Apple Pro for Final Cut Pro 6 and
underwater videographer. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater
Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International
Beneath the Sea Film Competition, where he also won the Stan
Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver
of the Year', Steve was a safety diver on the feature film "The
Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's
Atlantis production, the History channel's MegaDisaster show
and other networks. Steve is one of the founding organizers of
the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition and leads both underwater
filming expeditions and African safaris with upcoming excursions
to Indonesia and the Coco Islands, Costa Rica in 2008, Kenyan
safari in Africa and the Red Sea for 2009, and Truk Lagoon in
Micronesia for 2010. Feel free to contact him if you are interested
in joining Steve on any of these exciting trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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