A Proper Rain Cape
There are a number of manufacturers of rain capes,
but the one that I like the best is made by EWA-Marine, which
manufactures a variety of underwater housings and inclement weather
They make a very nice and relatively inexpensive rain cape that works
my VX2000, and have models for most camcorders. Unlike some rain capes, this one completely covers
the camera - more like a rain coat than an umbrella. I find
that the rain cape works best if I wrap the camera completely and hold it from
the outside, operating the controls through the cape. As an
alternative, I'll put the camera on a monopod, which provides a
nice, large "handle" for holding the camera. I've found that
if I hand-hold the camera, with my hand inside the rain cape, the
heat from my hand causes a considerable amount of condensation.
One problem with a rain cape is that it will muffle
an on-camera microphone, causing the recorded audio to sound hollow,
distant and distorted. When I shoot with my rain cape, I
always use a Vivanco EM-216 stereo lapel mike. I clip the mike
to the outside of the rain cape - the mike's wind screen keeps it dry
and I get full-fidelity directional audio.
Here's my VX2000 wearing its EWA-Marine rain cape.
Note that the cape is completely clear -- it looks blue in the
because they were taken
against a color background to make the cape more
visible. In these pictures the VX2000 is on a Manfrotto 3444D
carbon fiber tripod - a particularly good choice for foul weather
shooting as carbon won't rust. Note the side pocket on the
rain cape that can accommodate the camera's
LCD screen in either an open or closed position. The optical-glass port in
the front of the rain cape attaches to the lens via a press-to-fit retaining ring
which screws into the filter threads of the lens on the VX2000.