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Ok for emergency use, probably worth spending a bit more
on 28 June 2013
So, I knew this was going to be a bit big for my dslr (Nikon D5100 with 18-105mm lens) anyway, so it's no ideal for my camera, I'm not going to rate it down because of that specifically.
However, I have seen other rain covers used on smaller cameras without much trouble, so I thought I would be ok. This one, however, is made from a plastic that really isn't very flexible, so unless your camera and lens are the exact size it was designed for, you are going to struggle to keep it waterproof.
I also find that the drawstrings are not really man enough. I find I want to really tighten them up around the end of the lens to keep out as much water as possible. The sliders on these drawstrings just can't keep them really tight, whatever size of lens you have.
It has a bit on top to allow you to use a flash, which is useful, but when you're not using the flash it essentially becomes another hole for the rain to get in. And it's quite a lot of spare plastic to have flapping around when you're not using the flash.
Final gripe is that I bought this cover specifically because it protected the whole camera (including the lcd and viewfinder). But the plastic is nowhere near clear enough to use either the viewfinder or the lcd through it, both appear quite blurred. This gets even worse when the cover inevitably steams up from the heat of your hands. If I was to buy another cover I would buy one which clips around the viewfinder so you can look through the viewfinder without having to look through the cover.
3 stars as even with the exact camera and lens used in the picture, I wouldn't feel confident that it would be waterproof enough, but then it is quite cheap so I guess it's ok for emergency use.