Rain problems?

max

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Three days of rain and cold mornings...Anyone have problems with rain drops on the outside lens of housing..I probablly should make a cover shield to prevent this..Just a thought?:confused-yellow:
 

Zeke

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Wonder how RainX would do? Maybe that along with a hood. I know RainX works for keeping your scope from fogging.   Z
 

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Yes, I've had this trouble as well.  The rain droplets on the glass in front of the lens almost seem to reflect the flash back into the camera as well - I used to get white-out blotches on my photos during the rain.  I've since added a "rain hood" to both of my cameras:

I took a plastic flower pot and cut the bottom off it (so it is now a tapered cylinder).  I then cut this cylinder in half along it's length - the result is a shape similar to the bill of a hat.  I epoxy-ed this over the camera lens and painted it camo.  Works great - no more rain drops.  You do have to limit the length of the rain shield - my first batch of photos showed the edges of the shield, so I had to trim it back on one camera.
 

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aBedFord,

how far above the Lens is your flower pot and how far does it stick out?

funny, the 2nd one I build, I cut off a flower pot and did the same thing, only I left the ring whole.  I thought it would serve a dual purpose, the rain guard, but also be a "Support" for when I layed the unit face down to open up the back, so the lens, etc would stay out of the dirt.

Also, what did you do with the flowers/dirt so your wife wouldnt find out it was gone?   I drove about 10 miles into the woods and turned over a log and put it there,  I could hardly tell anyting was under there but never know about my wife, she may still find it......

Thanx

Tinhorn
 

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My rain shield only sticks out about 3" and the center of the shield is probably about 3" above the lens.  My second camera had the shield quite a bit tighter to the lens and it showed in the pics, so I trimmed off about 3/4" and fixed the problem.

I hand walked the flower pot remnants to the dumpster, bribed each of my daughters/witnesses with cash, and camo painted the part I stuck to the housing to hide what it used to be.

It took my wife about 4 seconds to recognize where my nifty rain shield came from.  No big deal - she'll let me back in the house in a few weeks.
 

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How are you guys keeping dew from forming on the lens? Will fog-proof liquids or sprays do the trick?

Thanks.
 
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