Quick and Easy DIY Waterproof Cover for Lenses

DIY 100-400L Rain and camo fleece

When it comes to investing in your camera gear, you should also remember that a quite a bit of money will go into protecting it. Travelling with just a camera body and a couple of lenses will already take up a lot of space if you’re going to use traditional camera bags with their generous padding, so any additional accessories are going to have to be extra light and compact. This waterproof fleece cover by Rob Gipman could be the perfect addition to your already-bulky camera bag because it barely takes up any space!

Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a substitute for underwater housing, but it can make shooting in the rain or snow more convenient. You want to keep your lens as dry as possible to avoid any moisture entering the lens, where mold can grow and make everything that much worse. What’s great about this lens cover in particular is the simplicity of it; just purchase a sheet of waterproof fleece fabric and start sewing. If you can’t sew, you can always use glue.

What you’ll need:

  • Waterproof fleece fabric
  • Needle and thread or glue
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • NR.2 protector or 3M Scotchgard
  • Optional: shoe water repellant spray

The waterproof fleece fabric is double-sided and offers adequate protection, but to make it even more water resistant, Gipman made us of NR.2 protector. He soaked it in this water repellant solution for half an hour. After a few minutes in the dryer, he then sprayed it with shoe water repellant spray.

DIY 100-400L Rain and camo fleece

The NR.2 protector is sold exclusively in the Netherlands, so if you live elsewhere, you can use an alternative product like 3M’s Scotchgard. You can also browse through Amazon for even more alternatives to choose from.

After these additional measures were put into place, he put it to the test. Et voilà! The water just glided off the fleece.

Even if you’re not worried about moisture, you can always cover your lens to make it blend in more with the surroundings. After all, a bulky white lens poking out of a tree can be quite conspicuous.

Do you have any DIY tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.