Camera Canopy literally shields your kit from the rain

Camera Canopy keeps your outdoor photography kit dry

When the rain starts pouring, the only option for outdoor photographers who don't have a weather-sealed camera is to stuff their kit into a glorified plastic bag – which may not even cover the lens. However, now there's a new and far more robust way to protect your gear: the Camera Canopy.

The device was inspired by a small team in Brooklyn, who found that plastic rain covers made it difficult to adjust camera functions and also left lenses exposed. Their solution attaches to the hot shoe and provides a shield that sits over your camera and lens like a roof, protecting it from the elements while not obstructing the controls or obscuring the rear screen or top LCD.  

The upper shield can retract or remove to accommodate lenses from primes to 500mm telephotos

The upper shield can retract or remove to accommodate lenses from primes to 500mm telephotos

The Camera Canopy mounts onto a standard hotshoe

The Camera Canopy mounts onto a standard hotshoe

Camera Canopy is a two-piece peripheral, where the upper shield can extend or retract to provide cover for telephoto lenses up to 500mm. Alternatively it can be removed entirely, as the lower shield should provide more than enough cover for smaller zooms or prime lenses. 

The device comes complete with a drawstring backpack carry bag, which naturally is also weather resistant, and is available from  Camera Canopy for $79.99 plus shipping. 

It's the perfect complement for Sony's weatherproof memory cards (opens in new tab) and OpTech's waterproof tripod leg covers (opens in new tab)!

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.