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

(based on 275 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 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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5.0

everybody should have one!

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

very practical, its great when working with dust

 
4.0

Simple and useful

By Freddy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This product is simple for protecting my camera whe it rains or snows.
As the original product was too big for the size of my camera I just cut it shorter.
Besides that, the plastic is thin enough for me to acces the camera controls without through the sleeve.

 
5.0

A must-have for any outdoor photographer

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Does the job. Very versatile (used these to protect my gear from sand in sandy conditions). Easy to install and remove, and they are so cheap, they are practically disposable, but I was able to use mine a few times.

 
4.0

A good fit for my needs

By Susan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this product to help protect my gear in the event of rain while I am on location shoots. It was simple to put on the camera. It feels a bit lightweight so I question how long it will last but the price is great!

 
3.0

Good to have

By Dexter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Easy to pack

 
5.0

A fine product.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Inexpensive and effective.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Protection for camera in case of rain

By beachtraveler

from Caldwell, NJ

Verified Buyer

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

Always a pleasure to shop B&H, either online or at the store. They have the best selection at reasonable prices.
Purchased this for a trip to Asia, in case I may encounter a rainy day or two; so, that my camera and lens are protected.
Great idea at a reasonable price.

 
4.0

I would by this product again

By Geminiroze

from Silver Cliff, WI

Verified Buyer

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

I love this product..it sure helps out when out in the field on a rainy day. I don't have to mess with an umbrella, or try to keep the umbrella just right against me as I'm trying to focus and shoot action photos, which requires both hands. It is so handy and well priced.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent

By Lee E

from Seattle

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

It's pretty good be prepared to fight it a little if you use a camera neck strap.

 
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!!!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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.

            (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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (5 of 5 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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (13 of 13 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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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