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Handling & Performance
The Kata E-702 PL is a waterproof cover designed so you can continue to take photographs in rain, snow or sandstorms with your digital SLR protected from the elements. It can be purchased from the Kata Bags website for £69.95.
It has a draw string hole at the front to poke a lens through with a stiff outer ring that acts as a hood and protector. Two more draw string fastenings are found on the sleeves where you insert your hands. The cover is made from RipStop (weatherproof and tear proof nylon) with a window in clear plastic that allows you to view the camera controls and look through the viewfinder or view the LCD.
It's specified to house a camera with a lens up to 200mm.
|Orange Velcro strip to
|Drawstring Lens opening
with firm hood
The draw string opening for the lens is large enough to cope with most lens diameters - even the larger bulkier hoods, while the side ones expand wide enough for access while wearing padded outdoor garments.
Once the camera's inside the see-through material is, as stated, "crystal" clear, so you can put the camera to your eye and see easily through the viewfinder with ease, or look from a distance at the LCD or camera controls / menus. The specifications for the E-702 PL suggest is suits up to 200mm lenses, and that's true if you have a fast 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom, but it will also accommodate more compact 300mm f/5.6 zooms. The Pentax 80-320mm that I tried almost disappeared inside and there was still plenty of room to add the hood.
I even managed to squeeze in the Nikon 80-400mm zoom on a D700, although the hood was poking through the front when the lens was extended.
No water got in during our test
The seal can wrap around a tripod fastening
The material is, as promised, waterproof and no water leaked through the seams either. If you use in combination with a lens with a hood you should be fully protected. Use a hoodless lens and you're still likely to get caught out with raindrops on the front element or filter.
I did struggle getting my hands in when using the camera hand held and a third hand would be useful to hold back the sleeve as you slip your hand in. I also found the front drawstring caught up on the lens when zooming and focusing. Ideally it's suited to lenses with internal focusing and zoom. Ones where the barrel extends or rotates can cause problems.
Kata E-702 PL ProsWaterproof and protection against sand / dust
Full access to camera controls
Enough space for bulky cameras
Compact to carry in camera bag
Kata E-702 PL ConsCan be fiddly to get hand in when camera is handheld
Front drawstring can restrict zoom or focus
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