Weather conditions can be unpredictable at times, and a wet camera is the last thing you want. I keep a one gallon Ziploc bag in my camera bag at all times. My camera bag is water resistant and can take a bit of rain, but it makes me really nervous if I know my camera could be getting wet. My camera and lens will fit inside of the plastic bag, and it serves as an extra layer of security against bad weather.

A Ziploc bag is also a good idea for extreme temperature conditions. If you wear glasses, you know that they’ll get all fogged up when you go from winter weather into a nice warm house. Your camera will do the same, and condensation can lead to damage. Throw the camera in the baggie before you come in, and help ward off some of that moisture.

A one gallon bag doesn’t take up much room in your camera bag, and you never know when you might have a use for it.

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Better yet, throw a silica gel packet or two into the bag along with the camera so that any moisture that does make it into the bag has a place to go. You may also want to consider carrying a kitchen-size trash bag with you as well…that way you can protect your entire camera bag if needed.

August 28, 2007 5:58 pm

Not bad Craig — I typically keep one or two silica gel packets in my camera bag anyways. I hadn’t thought to keep a trash bag to cover the entire camera bag, but it makes sense. Extra lenses and lighting equipment are susceptible to damage from moisture too.

August 28, 2007 6:59 pm

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