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Think Tank PhotoHydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black)
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (5)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Travel (8)
  • Wildlife photos (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You buy it for the peace of mind.

I bought the Hydrophobia to use on a D700 with 70-200. Sunday, I shot Soccer in the rain with a D800 and 300mm 2.8 VRII so I figured I'd see whether the Hydrophobia...Read complete review

I bought the Hydrophobia to use on a D700 with 70-200. Sunday, I shot Soccer in the rain with a D800 and 300mm 2.8 VRII so I figured I'd see whether the Hydrophobia would work. I've had this lens for 1 week and wouldn't have taken it into the rain unless I had complete confidence in the Hydrophoobia. The Hydrophobia actually fit so snugly around 300mm that I felt completely secure. It was harder to install but in the end everything including the hood cover (which is part of Hydrophobia) fit perfectly. The bottom line with the Hydrophobia is that it takes a little practice and patience to install but gives you complete and total comfort in the rain. It isn't easy to install but it isn't unreasonably diffucult either and when you are taking $10K in equipment into the rain what you really want is peace of mind. I'm going to get 2 more Hydrophobias because they are THAT GOOD. I don't want easy, I want good. I don't want cheap, I want something that works so well I never even thought about it. Hydrophobia = Peace of Mind.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cumbersome to use!

I recently purchased a ThinkTank Hydrophobia 70-200. ThankTank makes great gear, but from what I can tell, this product is extremely cumbersome to use. I have a 70-200 lens, but...Read complete review

I recently purchased a ThinkTank Hydrophobia 70-200. ThankTank makes great gear, but from what I can tell, this product is extremely cumbersome to use. I have a 70-200 lens, but generally use my 24-70. Granted, it would work better with a 70-200 lens. but is advertised to work with any lens. To me it seems over engineered (regardless of whether it provides rain proof protection or not). There seems to be way way way to much material that bunches up everywhere. It's next to impossible to view the LCD. And manually focusing (which I do 100% of the time) ... well, forget that!

Any tips for use?

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5.0

I might pick up a second one for backup

By Ray: Wedding and Portrait photographer

from Pacific Northwest

Verified Buyer

Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

I have nothing bad to say about this product - it is great! Overall it is very simple to use but I wouldn't suggest trying it for the first time on a client shoot - get familiar with it first so you'll seem like a pro when you use it in front of the client.

 
5.0

Never leave home without your Hydrophobia.

By Joe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

I cover a lot of field sports and will never leave home without these Hydrophobia's. I have 3 different sizes and use them all on a regular basis.

 
3.0

Needs 3rd opening.

By Les

from Central MA

Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

The tripod/monopod opening is shared with left hand. Very cumbersome. If there were a 3rd opening I think I'd like it better. Very well built but the lack of separate opening is a deal breaker.

 
4.0

It certainly does the job

By Alex

from Toronto

Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

It's not inexpensive given you have to buy at least one special viewfinder to use it and, sadly, my two cameras use different viewfinders so needed two of them...which potentially creates an added expense with every new camera buy of $40...having said that, it's serious rain protection and does the job...I do wish it has a better way of dealing with smaller lenses...I don't think it needs to be this expensive.

 
4.0

Best I've found so far

By Jwestey

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

Getting a good rain cover that will keep the water out and still let you do everything you need to do has been difficult. This cover is the best designed I've found. The strap that is part of the cover is a very good idea though getting the internal strap around the lens to support the camera is a bit of a challenge the first time. Having a cover for the lens and viewfinder solves another issue I've had with other covers. Some have commented that it takes some doing to get the cover on but the instructions are good and it gets easier the more it's done. I only 4 stars because i still have trouble keeping the transparent cover on the back in a good place to see the screen. That may take some learning over time as does finding a good out-of-the-way place for the camera's own strap.

 
5.0

Rain and Sand Free and the Camer is Secured

By Mark in Madison

from Madison, WI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Audio Quality
  • Good Video Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

    Purchased the Hydrophobia 70-200 for 5D Mark II with 28-300MM Canon L lens. it fits well with this lens camera combination with approx. 2 inches of cover to spare (for a longer lens) It is a well made cover. Not cheap but will definitely serve the purpose of keeping water and sand off the camera. The feature that made the sale was the external strap which ties the cover to the body. Using a monopod, I typically have the camera strap around my neck when using the monopod. The Hydrophobia strap allows that to be done as well as transport the camera by more than just gripping the camera through the access sleeve. Probably the least useful item is the camera strap holder inside the cover. The eyepiece does impede the camera display somewhat but it's not the end of the world. Worth the money and definitely better than a plastic bag over the camera.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Cumbersome to use!

    By bellimages

    from Ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Well Constructed

    Cons

    • Way Too Over Engineered

    Best Uses

      Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

      I recently purchased a ThinkTank Hydrophobia 70-200. ThankTank makes great gear, but from what I can tell, this product is extremely cumbersome to use. I have a 70-200 lens, but generally use my 24-70. Granted, it would work better with a 70-200 lens. but is advertised to work with any lens. To me it seems over engineered (regardless of whether it provides rain proof protection or not). There seems to be way way way to much material that bunches up everywhere. It's next to impossible to view the LCD. And manually focusing (which I do 100% of the time) ... well, forget that!

      Any tips for use?

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Think Tank Hydrophobia

      By Emipelaez

      from Castle Rock, Colorado

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

        Haven't had a chance to use my foul weather accessory from Think Tank, but looking at it and confirming the quality of the product, I'm sure it will hold up and exceed my expectations, like the rest of my many other Think Tank products!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Difficult to use

        By Basully

        from Arizona

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

        Difficult to use in the field when moving around. Unless stationary for the entire shoot not a good fit for camera rainwear

         
        5.0

        Serious equipment

        By Barnoli

        from Southern California

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

            Well designed, quality materials and construction.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Over-Engineered and Not a Good Fit for non 1D series Bodies

            By owl

            from Climax, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

              I love Think Tank products, and have a ton of them. But this one is a very, very, very, very, fat, clear miss.

              First off, it is a DISMAL failure on non-1D series bodies. That is, if you have a 5D-series, 6D-series, 7D, series etc., this rain cover BY DESIGN occludes the upper portion of your LCD in the back. Really irritating to use. All those rave reviews I've read about this cover must come from people using it exclusively on 1D series or who do not use the LCD in the back.

              Secondly, it really is over-engineered for the task. I think numerous other solutions abound that work about as well but are much more lightweight.

               
              4.0

              Paintball Photography

              By Morgan

              from Calgary, Alberta

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                I have not yet used this as a rain cover however I did use it as protection to photograph paintball and it worked quite well to keep the splatter off my gear. Luckily my camera did not get hit- but it seems that this would do a good job of at least making it less likely my gear would get hurt.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Performance as advertised

                By AJT

                from Mansfield, Ohio

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                  If you watched the Preakness Stakes...no additional comments are required.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Cannot view full LCD screen on smaller bodies

                  By owlmonkey

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Poor Image Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                    As far as rain protection goes, this will deliver.

                    As far as photographing in the rain goes ... well, it depends.

                    With a 6D and similar-sized bodies, the to 1/5 or so of LCD screen is blocked.

                    Let me repeat: your LCD screen will be partially blocked unless you have 1D series body.

                    This is a deal-breaker for me.

                    Also: forget about using a speedlight or even a wireless speedlight trigger.

                    Frankly, I think this is overengineered, and the LensCoat RainCoat offers much better access though not quite the same level of protection.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200

                    By Rey's Photo Art

                    from San Antonio, tx

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                    This rain cover is ideal to provide protection from the elements for my camera and lens.

                     
                    5.0

                    Pricey, but high quality

                    By SST

                    from VA

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                    Just used this to photograph dogs in wet, heavy snowfall. Kept the camera completely dry. I especially liked the built in strap...great design.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great

                    By Photog

                    from west bridgewater

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                      Durable

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      great cover!

                      By candid ho

                      from los angeles, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Raindusty Environment Sh
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                        I researched and decided to go with this product for the photo shoot i had to photograph models in very dusty environment.
                        Altho I wasn't planning to use 70-200mm lens but 24-70mm, also never planned to change lenses in such a dusty environment anyway.. I was a bit worry about having 24-70 lens with cover designed for 70-200.. but lots of features seems so good..
                        I am big fan of think tank product already, owns 2 bags now and love it. I knew it's well thought about it on its best. I compared couple of product from review and all.. this one was pricy yet I liked the idea of having camera strap outside of the cover since i had to run around a lot for a long time. Also having eye piece (sell separately), strap goes around the lens in inside of cover.. etc.. i thought this is it. received the product and set up.. having a bit of hard time to set up eye piece.. but once it's in place, it's solid. having strap that holds lens is amazing. and having strap outside of cover is absolutely the best thing for me. Now,, i was using this cover that originally designed for 70-200 for 24-70.. well, overall, result is, i could still use it with no problem.. HOWEVER, you need to set up the way the cover fabric won't be in the way of lens zooming action. You can figure out by adjusting how tight you close the wrap around the lens cover.. yet I took a while to make it perfect (no distraction for zooming with fabric ) with test and error of this setting part. because there're too much fabric around the lens due to using shorter lens, if the placement is wrong, you won't be able to use zoom fully because fabric eliminate zooming action. (fyi, i used with 24-70mm 2 f2.8) . however, again, if you can set up good, it won't bother you at all and all works great.
                        What i had hard time was looking at screen. because the rubber around eye piece is hiding the top part of screen. I really can't see. but i take it as "compromise" having tight sealed cover, kinda expected and accepted. but it was a bit of pain while i was shooting especially when i want to make sure everything is good. on this part, yes it's kinda bummer HOWEVER, i rather compromise that part than having lots of macro level dust hurting my lens and body. also cases have lots of fabric. that kind bulky, yet. again.. having 2 arms feature is amazing. i take it as "it has to be this way to seal all out" So for me, it was all good.
                        Definitely great cover. well built. great material.. It's think tank. their quality is great. I do recommend this cover for sure.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        not cheap but worth the money

                        By ttoth

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Very Good Protection

                        Cons

                        • Bulky
                        • Pricey

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weather Protection

                        Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                        If you spend a few thousand $ on a full frame DSLR camera and a nice lens then probably protection is equally important. I know that this is not the cheapest product but this really saves your gear from the elements. I have been shooting in NYC in January and purchased it to protect my Lens and Camera from rain and snow. I was pleased with the result.
                        A bit bulky when using it with shorter lenses then the 70-200mm but I don't find it particularly disturbing.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent!

                        By NH Freelancer

                        from Manchester, NH

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Can Use Viewfinder
                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Cover 70-200 (Black):

                          I had previously purchased another brand of rain cover and though it functioned fine I found it to be bulky and difficult to use in cold environments.

                          Upon opening this product I knew that it was going to be a fantastic replacement! The weight is minimal, the zipper is sealed and I can now actually use the viewfinder on my camera instead of resorting to live view!

                          The Hydrophobia is well constructed and easy to install (thought there is a slight learning curve) and the intergrated strap is very functional!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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