Camera Covers

Camera Parkas are designed for outdoor photographers looking at protecting DSLRs and lenses from wind, humidity, frost or cold, and saving battery life.

Specifically designed for use with a tripod, the camera parka is ideal for landscape photography such as long exposures, timelapses, night and astro photography. Whether the dew point is an issue, or in foggy or cold weather, the Camera Parka protects camera equipment and saves battery life.

Main features of the Camera Parka

  • Protection against humidity, moisture and frost
  • Protection against wind chill
  • Protection against cold
  • Easy access to camera controls with long and wide side sleeves
  • Quick access to camera LCD with a flap
  • Magnets in the flap to secure it open or closed
  • Easy manual focusing without removing the cover
  • A pull string to secure the cover around the lens hood
  • Pull strings on side sleeves to close tight when not in use
  • Adjustable around tripod plate/head through opening and a Velcro strap
  • A snap hook to tie the two side sleeves together
  • Keep hands warm when changing settings
  • Fits most DSLRs*
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Camera parka with detailed views and specifications of the protective camera cover for DSLR
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Side Sleeves

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Front Sleeve tightened around the lens

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Flap with magnets secured on top contact points

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Flap with magnets secured on back contact points

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Secure side sleeves with the snap hook

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Velcro strap for securing Parka around tripod plate

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String to close up side sleeve

Two types of Camera Parka are available:

  • Camera Parka Classic
  • Camera Parka Pro

Both covers are made of high quality outdoor fabrics from Polartec®. The outer shell is water repellent, durable and blocks wind at 99%. It provides complete protection from wind, moisture and frost. The inner layer is a double fleece providing insulation from cold to the camera and warmth to the hands of the photographer when changing settings.
The Camera Parka Pro has an extra layer of thermal fabric around the camera body. It helps keep the cold out and the heat in, when using chemical heat warmers for instance.

Both covers have a version for short lenses or fish eye lenses. Extra pull strings inside the covers are used to secure the front sleeve around short lenses.

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Which Camera Parka is best for you? Use the comparison table below summarizing specifications of the 4 versions available.


Features

Adjustable flap

Pull strings on sleeves

Pull strings for short lenses

Fit Lenses (LxW cm)

Fit camera bodies (WxHxD

Material


Protection from

Humidity

Frost

Cold



Improve Battery Life at  -30C



Support Heat Warmer bags

Support Lens Cover Extensions

Recommended for

Night photography

Astrophotography

Aurora Borealis photography

Time-lapse photography

Extreme Cold Weather


Full Product Description

Price

Camera Parka Classic


160mm (6.3in), 130mm (5.1in), 85mm (3.3in)

Polartec shell

Inside fleece




50 %








CAD$ 129.99

Camera Parka Pro

(Fisheye lens)

160mm (6.3in), 130mm (5.1in), 85mm (3.3in)

Polartec shell

Inside fleece





50 %





CAD$ 139.99

Camera Parka Pro


160mm (6.3in), 130mm (5.1in), 85mm (3.3in)

Polartec shell

Inside fleece

Insulated material




100 %





CAD$ 149.99

Camera Parka Pro

(Fisheye lens)

160mm (6.3in), 130mm (5.1in), 85mm (3.3in)

Polartec shell

Inside fleece

Insulated material




100 %





CAD$ 159.99

Accessories

Remote Shutter Release Cover

It provides insulation against cold, wind and moisture. It helps keep the cable flexible in cold temperatures, preventing the plastic to harden and crack.

Battery Bags – Standard or Classic version

They provide insulation against cold, wind and moisture, extending battery life.

Chemical Heat Warmer Bags

Add heat inside your camera parka and increase battery life. Insert chemical heat packs into the bags and secure them inside your camera parka with Velcro.

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Protection from Frost

During times when frost can form on equipment, the Camera Parka can help protect against frost forming on the camera body and lens.   FrostedParka900 
Specifications

Features of the Camera Parka:

  • Covers both the camera body and lens
  • Quick access to camera LCD with a flap
  • Magnets in the flap to secure it open or closed
  • Easy access to camera controls with long and wide side sleeves
  • Remote release cable goes through side sleeve
  • Opening for tripod head
  • Adjustable around tripod plate with Velcro strap
  • A pull string to secure the cover around the lens hood
  • Pull strings on side sleeves to close tight when not in use
  • A snap hook to tie the two side sleeves together
  • Outdoor material from Polartec®
  • Fits most DSLRs*

Materials

  • The Camera Parka Classic has a two-layer design, and the Camera Parka Pro has a three-layer design. Fabrics were carefully selected for optimal protection. Both the Classic and Pro covers use Polartec® material for the outer shell and inner layer.
  • The outer shell is water repellent, durable and blocks wind at 99%. It is extremely abrasion resistant and protective without weight. It provides complete protection from wind, moisture and frost.
  • The inner layer is a double fleece providing insulation to the camera and warmth to the hands of the photographer changing the settings.
  • The Camera Parka Pro has an extra layer of thermal fabric around the camera body. It helps keep the cold out and the heat in (when using chemical heat warmers for instance).
  • Earth magnets secure the flap protecting the LCD while closed or open using contact points.
  • Pull strings are on all sleeves for tightening the front sleeve around the lens and closing the sides sleeves to keep warmth in.
  • A Velcro strap is used to secure the cover on the camera and adjust it around the tripod plate or head.
  • Total weight:  Camera Parka Classic – 235g (0.52 lbs); Camera Parka Pro – 262g (0.58 lbs)

Manufactured in British Columbia, Canada with high quality fabric from North America.

*Fits most DSLRs within these sizes: Width 160mm (6.3in), Height 130mm (5.1in), Depth 85mm (3.3in).

Nikon BodyCanon BodySony Body
D800, D810, D810A
D700, D750
D600, D610
D300
D90, D80, D70
D7100, D7200
D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500
D3200, D3300

*Does NOT fit: Nikon D4, D3, D2 and D1 series and DSLR with extended battery packs
EOS 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark III
EOS 6D
EOS 7D, 7D Mark II
EOS 70D
EOS Rebel T6s, T6i
EOS Rebel T5i, T5
EOS Rebel SL1


*Does NOT fit: EOS 1D and DSLR with extended battery packs
α7S II, α7R II, α7 II
α7S, α7R, α7
α5000
α3000
α99V
α77
α58


*Note: Camera Parka may be too big for α6000, α5100, α5000

Field Test #1

The Camera Parka has been tested over the past 3 years. Prototypes went through modifications and redesign, and different materials were evaluated. We were looking at protection against frost, protection against cold for electronic parts (such as the LCD screen), and mechanical parts (such as the shutter). Wind is a major factor in sub-zero temperatures and protection from wind was also a priority.

Tests were performed one last time on the latest prototype before starting production. Results showed improved battery life, protection from wind, complete protection against frost and moisture, as well as protection from extreme cold affecting the shutter.

For all tests, we used Nikon D800 cameras and newly purchased batteries from the same batch.

The test below was performed in March 2015, at night, at temperatures ranging from -15°C (5°F) to -25°C (-13°F). Two Nikon D800 cameras with fully charged batteries were set up on tripods. All cameras were set to F2.8, 3 second exposure, 24mm. Using the interval timer, a picture was taken every 10 seconds. The battery charge on each camera was measured every 10 minutes. One camera had no protection, one camera was fitted with a Camera Parka.

Results

1. Complete protection from frost
Frost developed within the first half hour on the camera without a cover. No frost was observed on the camera fitted with the Camera Parka. Of note, the protected camera was also used after the 3 hour test for another 3 hours, without any frost developing.

2. Improved battery life and protection from wind
The graph below shows the Battery Charge Test results. Results are expressed in percentage of battery charge left for readings taken every 10 minutes.

There was an initial effect on battery charge when taking the cameras out and setting up for the test, so the first battery charge readings at 0 min are not 100%. The camera fitted with the Camera Parka was taken out and set up first, then the camera without protection to minimize effects from cold before starting the test.

With the Camera Parka, there was a linear decrease of battery charge of 5% observed every 10 minutes, independently of external factors, until the battery charge reached 40%. Then the linear decrease changed to 6% every 10 minutes. With protection from the Camera Parka, the battery lasted for a total of 3h10.

Without protection, the battery lasted for 2h20. The decrease in battery life was not linear and quickly dropped when the charge reached 50%. The variations can be attributed to external factors such as a very light wind and colder temperatures. When a light wind picked up an hour into the test, the temperature dropped from -15°C (5°F) to -21°C (-6°F). At 2 hours, the temperature was -25°C (-13°F).

Field Test #2

This test was performed on a very cold night while shooting Northern lights standing in the middle of a frozen lake. Two Nikon D800 cameras were used, one with and one without a Camera Parka. Temperature was -38°C (-36.4°F) with wind chill; -28°C (-18.4°F) without wind chill.

Camera without a Camera Parka

Frost developed rapidly on the camera. The fully charged battery died after 1h15. We could hear the shutter becoming noisier and slowing down. We replaced the battery and took 2 more pictures before stopping the test to avoid damaging the camera. The camera was covered and packed for the night.

Camera with a Camera Parka

No frost developed on the camera. Checking the battery charge after 1h15 for comparison with the camera without a cover, the battery was still 30 % charged. There was no issue with the shutter. The battery was replaced after 1h50, and an hour later the photographers packed up because they were too cold. There was no sign of the shutter slowing down and no frost after a total of 3 hours.

Test (Video)

For the tests, we setup 3 cameras. All three cameras are Nikon D800 with 3 batteries from the same batch number. The cameras were configured for 24mm, F2.8 and shutter speed of 3 seconds. The three camera configurations were

  • 1 x Camera without any protection
  • 2 x Cameras with the cover protections

Fitting the Parka
To download the PDF version, click hereSet your camera on a tripod, and leave the lens cap on.
Camera Protection Cover
The Camera Parka is fitted from the back opening (the flap) and over the lens first. Open the Velcro strap and the flap at the back of the cover. The camera strap (if there is one), can be folded on the lens and nested in the front sleeve, or pulled trough one of the side sleeves. Slide the lens through the opening, and bring the cover over the sides of your camera, one side at a time.
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Fit the cover around the tripod head or plate.
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Secure the cover with the Velcro strap and adjust around your LCD screen.
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Magnets in the flap are to secure the flap. The contact points for these magnets are indicated by the silver dots on the image below. When flipped up, the flap will stay open thanks to the earth magnets.
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The magnets are also used to keep the flap closed when access to the LCD screen is not needed.
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Tighten the cover around the lens (note: if Manual focus is used, focus your camera first).
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In sub-zero temperatures, and when access to camera settings are not needed, close the side sleeves with the pull strings. The 2 side sleeves can be tighten together using the snap hook cord lock when it is windy for instance. Some good examples are when shooting a timelapse or when waiting.
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Install the remote release cable through a side sleeve or before fitting the Camera Parka on.​
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You are ready to go! For more info, visit http://atfrostedlens.com
FAQ

Does the Camera Parka protect from rain?
The Camera Parka is made using a water repellent fabric and offers the best protection in drizzle, fog or mist. It can offer some protection in light rain, however seams are not sealed and opening the flap exposes the back of cameras.

Can I use chemical heat warmers with the Camera Parka?
We recommend the Camera Parka Pro when using chemical heat warmers. It contains a layer of thermal fabric to keep heat inside and cold outside. Our clients mostly use chemical heat warmers for timelapse photography, in extreme cold condition and when condensation due to dew point is an issue.

How do I pack my camera when I am done?
We leave the cover on, close it tight and pack it in the camera bag. Don’t forget to remove memory cards and batteries first. We do not place the camera with the cover in a plastic bag. Once we have brought the camera bag inside, we leave it for a few hours to slowly warm up.

Why is hand washing recommended on the label?
There are earth magnets in the flap of the Camera Parka. They will stick to your washer drum and your Camera Parka can be torn apart. The magnets can also break when tumbled.

Can I use the Camera Parka and carry my camera around my neck?
No. The Camera Parka is designed for use with a tripod. There are no openings for camera straps. This choice was made to minimize the number of openings and therefore exposure of the camera to outside elements as much as possible.

Why is the Remote Shutter Release cover so hard to put on?
It is meant to be a snug fit. The trick is to use a safety pin, and some patience. Here is a link to step-by-step instructions: http://atfrostedlens.com/remote-shutter-cover/

Are magnets used in the cover safe for my camera and memory cards?
Absolutely. Earth magnets (neodymium magnets) are safe to use and won’t damage cameras, SD or CF memory cards, laptops, smartphones or tablets. In fact, most electronic devices contain stronger magnets than the ones used in the flap, for instance hard-drives contain a magnet to spin the head. So why the concerns? Because older technologies based on magnetic fields were susceptible to magnets (floppy disks, VHS…).

Have you used the Camera Parka in extreme cold conditions?
Yes, we have used the Camera Parka Classic when photographing northern lights in Yellowknife at - 45°C (- 49°F) with a light wind in winter 2015-2016. We (human photographers) didn’t last outside too long… We set up the intervalometers on our cameras for timelapses, and sat in the car for 2 hours watching the northern lights and waiting for the camera batteries to die before going home.