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OP/TECH USA18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2)
 
4.4

(based on 266 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (182)
  • Easily accessible equipment (106)
  • Strong construction (47)
  • Comfortable (40)
  • Good protection (16)

Cons

  • Cumbersome (18)
  • Hard to access equipment (15)
  • Uncomfortable fit (6)

Best Uses

  • Protecting gear (189)
  • Cameras (15)
  • Lenses (14)
  • Travel (11)
  • Daily usage (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (104), Semi-pro photographer (63), Pro photographer (40), Enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (181), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Occasional/Emergency Rain Prot

I bought a pack of these sleeves to use when shooting outdoor sports in the rain. I'm not a pro photographer and couldn't justify the expense of the superior Aquatech rain gear. I needed...Read complete review

I bought a pack of these sleeves to use when shooting outdoor sports in the rain. I'm not a pro photographer and couldn't justify the expense of the superior Aquatech rain gear. I needed something small and light that fits in my camera backpack and keeps me shooting during poor weather conditions I occasionally encounter.If you do a lot of shooting in questionable weather and can justify the $200 cost, the Aquatech is obviously a better solution. But for [$] the Op/Tech sleeves are hard to beat in a pinch, particularly for casual photographers.The sleeves are large enough to cover most all but the largest of the pro telephoto lenses. It fits my D300 with battery pack and 70-200 2.8 with room to spare. The sleeve has a hole in the rear - just remove your eyepiece cover, stretch the hole over the eyepiece, and replace the cover to hold it in place. The sleeve has a drawstring closure in front that holds very securely to the lens hood. The plastic is transparent and thin enough to allow operation of all the controls right through the sleeve (vs, sliding your hands up inside). It's a very usable solution, although it does make adjusting the zoom a bit more difficult. But again, this is intended to be more of an emergency or occasional rain solution.I've spent endless hours shooting football games in the rain and the protection provided is excellent. As long as you don't poke a hole in it, your equipment will stay dry. I'm able to reuse them multiple times.Pros: Very low cost, stores anywhere, excellent protection, low tech ease of use, able to see all of the camera's controls, works with tripods and monopods.Cons: Takes a few minutes to put on and get adjusted, makes accessing some controls a little awkward (but not impossible), far too long for short lenses.Bottom line: Excellent emergency protection during occasional bad weather for cameras with larger lenses. Those using smaller lenses should look for another solution.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not up to Expectations

This item didn't meet my expectations. I found it hard to manipulate over my Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-105 lens, or my Mark II with my 70-200mm. The pre-cut...Read complete review

This item didn't meet my expectations. I found it hard to manipulate over my Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-105 lens, or my Mark II with my 70-200mm. The pre-cut hole for the viewfinder is hard to maneuver in place after removing the eyepiece; returning the eyepiece to its place causes the rainsleeve to move back over the viewfinder. The plastic is thin and it tore the first time I returned the eyepiece. This is no big deal. The new hole is small, but I suspect it will get bigger with future removals and replacements of the eyepiece.

A lot of what I do is on a tripod. After I placed a red stick-on label near the eye hole it became easier to find, but there's still a lot of excess sleeve to maneuver and it will take practice. Applying the rainsleeve while standing, with no tripod (say, as if you were walking outdoors and it suddenly began to rain), is even harder. It was actually a bit easier with the longer lens, which keeps some of the sleeve from bulking up over the camera body.

Nevertheless, I found ziplock bags to be a much easier solution. After cutting a diagonal piece off one corner the bag can be pulled over the camera much quicker than the rainsleeve. A 2 or 2 and 1/2 gallon size easily fits over the 70-200 lens; a smaller size will cover the 24-105 just fine. A rubber band will hold the ziplock snug against the lens barrel. I found the drawstring of the rainsleeve would not grip the lens barrel firmly enough on the 24-105, so if you affix it when retracted the barrel will be exposed to the rain when you extend it. The rainsleeve is a nice idea and might actually work better the longer your lens is (and if your lens movement is internal rather than extendable), but for me I think I'll be using ziplock bags more frequently than the sleeve. But the rainsleeve is inexpensive so it's no great loss if you try it and don't like it.

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4.0

I would buy again

By Dee Dee

from Plant City, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Accessible Equipment

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear

    Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

    I used this product with my Canon 6d and Tamron 70-200 and it worked well. Only thing I couldn't get it to stay tight around the end of the lens. It did keep my camera dry; I was shooting in the rain!!!!

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By timothyracca

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Accessible Equipment

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear

      Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

      Works as advertised, good fit for my 5d2.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Never Fear The Rain Again

      By DaveM

      from Boca Raton, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear

        Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

        Perfect protection from the rain in the palm of your hand. Two sizes available to insure a perfect fit. Easily fits in your camera bag.

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Protection

        By Mikw

        from Southern Illinois

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear

          Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

          As a landscape photographer, I want to protect my camera if I am caught in bad weather

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          • No

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          5.0

          Simple and effective

          By goldencode

          from Reading,Pa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear

            Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

            Simple and effective. Easy to carry with you for those " just in case " moments.

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            • No

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            4.0

            In the blowing snow.

            By dajara

            from Ohio

            Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

            I've not used the sleeve in the rain but in the blowing snow and sleet I was able to protect my camera and my hand while having full functionality. Before these two wear out I will have already ordered two more.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Rainsleeves a must item !

            By Big Bear

            from Big Bear Lake, California

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear

              Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

              Very easy to pack and easy to use. I've used these in bad Alaskan weather and have never leaked. Take almost no room and cheap to replace. A good buy.

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              4.0

              Rain free works for me

              By Bgrapes

              from NYC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear

                Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                Easy to use and does the job its designed for.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                An "ok" item for the money

                By kw ghostship

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear

                  Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                  For the price you'd be hard pressed to beat this sleeve for emergency rain protection. As long as you don't tear it, it will get the job done...but if you plan to consistently shoot in rain you will need something better and way more expensive like a Think Tank Hydrophobia cover. Bear in mind you really can't properly use your camera strap with this on. Also, I have a Canon camera with a square eyepiece, so a little trimming was needed around the provided eye hole to prevent ripping.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not up to Expectations

                  By Ollie

                  from Alexandria, Virginia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Inexpensive
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear

                  Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                  This item didn't meet my expectations. I found it hard to manipulate over my Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-105 lens, or my Mark II with my 70-200mm. The pre-cut hole for the viewfinder is hard to maneuver in place after removing the eyepiece; returning the eyepiece to its place causes the rainsleeve to move back over the viewfinder. The plastic is thin and it tore the first time I returned the eyepiece. This is no big deal. The new hole is small, but I suspect it will get bigger with future removals and replacements of the eyepiece.

                  A lot of what I do is on a tripod. After I placed a red stick-on label near the eye hole it became easier to find, but there's still a lot of excess sleeve to maneuver and it will take practice. Applying the rainsleeve while standing, with no tripod (say, as if you were walking outdoors and it suddenly began to rain), is even harder. It was actually a bit easier with the longer lens, which keeps some of the sleeve from bulking up over the camera body.

                  Nevertheless, I found ziplock bags to be a much easier solution. After cutting a diagonal piece off one corner the bag can be pulled over the camera much quicker than the rainsleeve. A 2 or 2 and 1/2 gallon size easily fits over the 70-200 lens; a smaller size will cover the 24-105 just fine. A rubber band will hold the ziplock snug against the lens barrel. I found the drawstring of the rainsleeve would not grip the lens barrel firmly enough on the 24-105, so if you affix it when retracted the barrel will be exposed to the rain when you extend it. The rainsleeve is a nice idea and might actually work better the longer your lens is (and if your lens movement is internal rather than extendable), but for me I think I'll be using ziplock bags more frequently than the sleeve. But the rainsleeve is inexpensive so it's no great loss if you try it and don't like it.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Easy solution

                  By Wally1

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear

                      Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                      This is an easy solution when you are caught in wet weather. Light and compact to keep in my camera bag.

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                      5.0

                      Protect Your Valuable Camera Gear in the Rain!

                      By BebaPhotography

                      from Mesa, AZ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear

                        Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                        I like that the sleeve is bent in the middle so that it can no only protect your camera and lens, but your arm as well. It's a simple product and one that offers protection for something so valuable. Worth it to get it! Great for travel too! Mine is for Hawaii where it has a tendency to rain often.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A decent solution in a pinch

                        By Tach

                        from Rhode Island

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear

                          Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                          I haven't put this through its paces, and I don't intend to take this into a downpour. But, I can foresee a time when this could come in handy.

                          In a drizzly environment, a dusty place, or when there's a risk a airborne debris such as mud, I have it close in my bag. You never know, and it's cheap insurance for your DSLR.

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                          5.0

                          nice product

                          By HOWRANI STUDIOS

                          from DETROIT

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                          decent mil plastic, nice design!

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                          4.0

                          Good solution for emergencies

                          By glimpse

                          from All over

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Inexpensive
                          • Lightweight
                          • Low Volume

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Travel Bag

                            Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                            I haven't actually used this in the rain yet, but I've fitted it to my camera and lens... a "dry run" if you will.

                            It slides over the camera and lens. The front (lens-end) of the sleeve is secured to the lens with a non-elastic drawstring. A cinch in the drawstring should help secure it to the end of the lens, but I believe elastic would have been better. It's also quite large in diameter at the lens-end. I'll carry a rubber band for my use.

                            The "camera-and-arm" end of the sleeve is at approximately a 45 deg angle to accomodate the shooter's hand and upper arm, so it's not like a "tube sock".

                            There is a small hole just aft of the 45 deg seam that is to go over the viewfinder (after you remove the eyecup).

                            Overall, I'm convinced this would get the job done in a pinch. I bought for a foul weather contingency, and because it adds very little weight and volume to the camera bag.

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                            4.0

                            Worked well

                            By Stu

                            from NYC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear

                              Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                              I used these to keep my equipment dry on a trip to Iceland, where it can rain anytime and there's lots of spray from the incredible waterfalls. My Pen EP-5 is not waterproof so I wanted to be sure it was protected, and this product did the job well and was easy to use.

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                              3.0

                              Not bad for the price

                              By jcruzfoto

                              from Calgary, AB

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Inexpensive
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Cheap Quality
                              • Not Good For Dust

                              Best Uses

                              • Rain Protection Only

                              Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                              I would have to say this is best suited for rain only. Dust will still get into your camera because of the hole needed for your hand. Furthermore, the lens end kept rolling off on my lens hood. Not recommended to use with a lens hood.

                              A cheap alternative that you can throw away or pack easily on trips.

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                              4.0

                              A necessary accessory

                              By GaryMN

                              from St. Paul, MN

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Difficult Control Access

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear

                              Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                              Ever been caught in downpour? Ziplock bags just don't cut it, if you want to try to use the camera. These rainsleeves fit well, but can be difficult with a short lens. There can be a lot of excess bag, making somewhat difficult to access controls. Should be avaialble in couple of sizes. Still, a necessity for field trips.

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                              4.0

                              Works

                              By Drew Wallace

                              from Denver

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Cumbersome

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear

                              Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                              As expected .

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              OK, but not fully tested in rain

                              By FredK

                              from Madison, WI

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Cumbersome

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear

                              Comments about OP/TECH USA 18" Rainsleeve (Set of 2):

                              I basically tried to see how well it would work on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. The cinch string around the lens is a question mark for me - will this really keep rain out? Also, they show the rubber gasket on the viewfinder being pulled off, the rain hood opening fit over the eyepiece and the hood placed back on. I tried this, but my hood would not pull off easily and I did not want to risk getting subsequent poor adherence from it being pulled off. On the plus side, there is plenty of room to operate the camera within the hood. May addend if hit some rain.

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