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#1 Jarz

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:52 PM

Hey everyone, what are your ideas/ways of protecting your camera while you shoot paintball? I know I'll be getting lens covers to save the lens, but I don't know how to keep the camera safe.
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

I've seen lots of people custom fabricate boxes from sheet metal.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:08 PM

I've seen lots of people custom fabricate boxes from sheet metal.

Well, this may turn out interesting for me then. I'd want a natural control of the camera, but be able to protect it.
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:11 PM

Plexy glass?


Just have it encase in a cube and have the back side pointing towards you so you can adjust controls and press the shutter button.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

Something like this, maybe?

http://amzn.com/B000PTFDYO

Not sure if it would provide enough impact protection.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:56 PM

You can still control the camera for the most part. I've seen some people build something in similar design to GoPro shells so the buttons (usually only the neccesary ones) can be used.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:35 PM

I may be experiementing with some tougher plastics, to make a poncho of sorts, so I can have natural control of my camera.
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:40 PM

What i learned is that all you need is a shirt to cover the camera(which is what i do), the body can probably withstand a hit, so just try and protect the lens

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

Get a decent camera and you only have to worry about cleaning it.
Both my D3 and D7000 have taken incredible amount of beating with no issues. Yes I'm talking about direct hit left and right.


I would get a rain cover though. Saves time in cleaning.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:59 PM

I may try a rain cover. I might try Cassidy Sanders' paint case cover as well. Lenses will be covered for sure, and I'm hoping I don't get shot too much. I'll be using a 7D.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:50 PM

Use a lens hood so that shots across the field can't hit the front element.

all my legos are stored at my parents hose... so that wont be happening....

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:15 AM

I may try a rain cover. I might try Cassidy Sanders' paint case cover as well. Lenses will be covered for sure, and I'm hoping I don't get shot too much. I'll be using a 7D.


You will be shot a lot, trust me. I've been doing it for three years.
And I've been hit a lot in my camera, it works just fine. Something like a 7D is pretty rugged.

Just use a raincover or nothing at all.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:52 AM

You may want to look at something like this. Has a hard cover over the lens and waterproof.

http://www.amazon.co...=pd_sim_sbs_e_9

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

You may want to look at something like this. Has a hard cover over the lens and waterproof.

http://www.amazon.co...=pd_sim_sbs_e_9

I may look into it. I'm going to just do a rain cover of sorts for now.
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:33 AM

Plexi glass should be pretty good, make yourself a nice box with some room to put your hands in at the back. You definitely want a strong and easy to clean surface in front of your lens, lenses = expensive and fragile.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:38 PM

I just use a ziplock bag that I cut up. Works pretty well. A lens hood is a good idea also
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:35 PM

To be completely honest I do not use much protection at all on my camera. I have a clear UV Filter on the end and that helps but I do not use much more than that and my camera has taken so many beatings from not only paint but also the ground and walls.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:12 AM

You could always just but a box of paint around it and cut a hole in it to create a cheap box

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 01:16 AM

I spent 2-3 years shooting PSP, NPPL, NCPA, EPL, etc.
Take it from me, you absolutely don't need anything special for your camera body. i read in another thread you're using a 7D, which is what i shot with, so im speaking from experience.

my personal recommendation:
take your neckstrap off your camera, get a storm jacket for your lens, and keep a hand on your camera while you're shooting. thats what i did my entire photography career with paintball and it worked like a charm.
the problem with putting a big box or case around your camera is 2 fold. 1. you'll find it clumsy and im betting you'll miss quite a few shots. 2nd, and most importantly, you'd look fucking ridiculous.

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