Introduction: Dust/Water Proof Camera Case

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Step 1: Choosing a Container

Make sure that your container is large enough to fit your camera and that no logos or imperfections in the plastic are in your field of view. I did this right in the store to make sure that I bought the right size. I also chose a thick walled container (just over 1/8"!) with a very interesting resealable lid (note the second photo).

Step 2: Marking and Drilling

Market the dill holes on your container (for the tripod bracket and 1/4" screw) as well as on two pieces of rubber. once piece of rubber to seal under the tripod mount, and one to seal around the 1/4" bolt and keep the camera in place.

I used a drill press to drill into the container. Make sure to go slowly without applying large amounts of pressure, as you do not want to crack it. I used a pair of tin snips and a leather punch to trim and punch holes in the rubber.

Step 3:

Take the bolts and washers shown in the introduction and mount the 1/4" screw and tripod adapter to your case.

Make sure all of the bolts are snug, use hot glue, silicone, or acoustical sealant to make the case water and dust tight.

Step 4: Testing and Use

After the sealant has dried make sure to water test your container in your bathtub, shower, or sink. The last thing you want is to find a leak with your favourite camera in it. :-/

After testing you case is now good to go. You can use it to film messy events in the shop or outside. I have even used mine to time-lapse the northern lights without staying out all night.

If you have any suggestions for improvement, or have any questions we would love to hear from you and see what you have built and been able to capture with you cases. Feel free to comment below! :-)

Have a great day!

Comments

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Kiteman made it!(author)2015-04-29

So... how do you trigger the shutter from outside the box?

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Just4Fun+Media made it!(author)2015-04-29

I have tried using both a remote trigger (inferred) and a Nikon wifi remote. But you can also set up an interval timer (my camera has an internal one) to automatically take photos and videos at preset times.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2015-04-30

Oh, so not that useful for those of us who still need to press buttons...?

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Just4Fun+Media made it!(author)2015-04-30

Also, because there are no camera specific button configurations I have been able to use the same case with multiple makes and models of camera. :-)

Have a great day and thank you for the comments!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2015-04-30

Hmm... I wonder if you could cut out a small panel and replace it with something like the finger of a rubber glove, then you could reach in and press most triggers...

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Just4Fun+Media made it!(author)2015-04-30

Very interesting idea! I never thought of that. I would like to see what you come up with. :-)

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Just4Fun+Media made it!(author)2015-04-30

A lot of the times when I have been using it are for timelapses or for videos in the shop. So I am able to set it up (with its internal interval timer, or press record) before sealing it up.

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CurtosNoirDesign made it!(author)2015-04-29

This is a perfect idea. I have a Sony Nex-6 and I have been using a dslr bag that is a total pain in the butt. Great instructable

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Just4Fun+Media made it!(author)2015-04-30

Thank you for your comment.
Have a great day! :-)

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tomatoskins made it!(author)2015-04-29

Cool idea! Are you mostly using this for video or are you using a remote shutter relese? I've been looking into getting a Nikon lately, does yours have WiFi conectivity and can you use that to trigger the shutter?

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Just4Fun+Media made it!(author)2015-04-29

I have a Nikon D5100 so mine has a built in interval timer, but I have also used external IR and Wifi remotes. My camera also has a rotateable screen so you can view it from the side (when inside the case).

One note between Nikon and Cannon. They both make nice cameras, but Nikon has a ton more configurable options. This is both good and bad. I can set up my Nikon to start a photo or video time lapse on any hour of any day, and just let it do its thing. But is is easy to get lost and mess things up. If you decide to get a Nikon make sure to find the reset button, it will come in handy. ;-)

If you have any more questions just let me know. Have a great day!

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