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OpTech USA Rainsleeve Review

Daniel Bell gives us his verdict on the OpTech Rainsleeve.

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OpTech USA Rainsleeve Review: Rainsleeve

The OpTech Rainsleeve is designed to keep your camera dry in wet shooting conditions such as at music festivals or out shooting wildlife, as well as protect it from dust. The Rainsleeve is available in packs of two from the ePHOTOzine Shop for just £7.50 including postage and packaging.

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OpTech Rainsleeve Features

  • Protects your gear from dust and inclement weather
  • Designed for handheld use or tripod application
  • Eyepiece opening adapts to most viewfinders so you are looking through the lens, not plastic
  • Camera and lens visible and operable through the Rainsleeve
  • Fits lenses measuring up to 7 inch in diameter and 18 inch in length
  • Drawstring lens opening offers easy access and a snug fit
  • Two per pack
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OpTech Rainsleeve Performance

The Rainsleeve is easy to attach, I set my camera up on the tripod and slid the cover over, this can be done quickly to avoid rain getting on your camera. Once in place you just need to tighten the drawstring around the end of your lens and fix the opening around your viewfinder. Using a Nikon D3000 this involved removing the rubber eyepiece and placing the viewfinder through the hole and replacing the eyepiece.

Once in place you can operate the camera either from outside the Rainsleeve or by putting your hands through the opening at the bottom. The LCD screen was easily visible enough to toggle through my camera settings. The Rainsleeves are made of thin plastic which is likely to be easily nicked on anything sharp, so it's unlikely it will last forever, but you do get two in a pack.

OpTech Rainsleeve Verdict

The OpTech is a cheap and ideal solution to keeping your camera dry when out shooting. An essential item for your camera kit bag.

OpTech USA Rainsleeve Review:
The OpTech Rainsleeve is cheap and ideal for damp shooting conditions.

OpTech Rainsleeve Pros

Very cheap
Will keep your camera dry in the rain

OpTech Rainsleeve Cons

Quite fiddly to attach around viewfinder


The OpTech Rainsleeve is available now from the ePHOTOzine Shop for just £7.50 including packaging and postage.

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User_Removed 13 34 4 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2012 9:25AM
I have got 4 of these!
MikeRC Avatar
MikeRC 18 3.6k United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 11:16AM
One of these rainsleeves takes up such a small amount of room in your camera bag...
...or even your pocket...It'd be daft NOT to carry one.

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