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Imagine. You want to go fishing at sea with your kayak and you still don't have a decent waterproof protection for your digital camera.
You don't have time to search one, to spend time on the net or to spend money.
So you decide to make one.

This happened to me last week.

I looked around and I found:
- a light spot
- a plastic box
- powertape
- powerglue
... and a condom / or clingfilm

Less than ten minutes later my pocket was ready and I went fishing tuna at sea. I didn't catch anything, but my camera survived.
 
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Step 1: Break the light spot

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Take care! Don't break the glass objective because that's why you're breaking the spot.

Step 2: Cut the plastic cap

Cut a hole in the cap of the box with a hole saw - use a diameter slightly smaller than the diameter of the objective - and glue the glass objective in place. Use powerglue: quick-drying & waterproof. Or silicone. Cut the excess glue.
Measure the depth of the lens of your camera when zoomed out, add a safety distance and cut the base of the plastic box.
Add powertape to seal cap & tube.

Step 3: Prepare the condom...

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The condom will make your camera waterproof. Using a condom will allow you tu use all the functions of your camera, which is not the case with rigid plastic boxes.
Most condoms are waxed. You don't want to wax your camera? So clean it and dry it.

Step 4: Assembly

Slip the camera in the condom. Slip the base of the condom over the objective. Add some powertape to seal both.
Condom not strong enough? Use clingfilm, or a balloon.
Don't forget the powertape. Again.

Step 5: Take supersafe pictures!

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Your camera is now waterproof. Ready to go off-shore!
Enjoy the fishing!
Henge2 years ago
What a great instructable; you don't see pictures of water filled condoms everyday.
As an electronics technician who wears a special ESD smock, ESD wriststrap and ground straps every day at work to protect against static electricity I shudder when I see cling wrap being used around the camera. While I applaud the effort and ingenuity I just wanted to warn you about the risk of zapping your camera (way worse than any rain) and rendering it useless. Cling wrap works in part because of the static electricity generated from peeling it off the roll, wrapping it around your camera which is filled with all sorts of sensitive electronics is not a good plan. Even if there are no visible static discharges harm can still be done, and if there is a spark that's ~2000 volts.

All I'm saying is be careful with this and consider whether the fix may not be riskier than some light rain.

FYI Here's a good little presentation on ESD on Cisco System's website, ironically one of the customers of the company I work for http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le31/esd/WelcomeP.html
bricobart (author)  jphphotography2 years ago
Thanx for your comment jph! Very interesting, by the way!!!
I didn't think about all that and so I'm looking for a better alternative! Suggestions?
I'm sure a plastic bag will do the job as wel.

Note: that's why my camera is flipping since I put it into clingfilm. Hahaa!!!
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bricobart (author)  DELETED_jrutherford52 years ago
Hi jrutherford! It was a 'first aid' pocket in the first time and not intended to long submersions into water.
You know, I'm the kind of person who prefers buiding something myself than buying it. Even if my own version will cost me twice as much ;-)
ilpug2 years ago
You know it's a good how- to when one of the steps is titled "Prepare the Condom"
bricobart (author)  ilpug2 years ago
;-)
tgirard2 years ago
I was wondering if I needed to buy my Camera Dinner first... that was a pretty slick(no pun intended) Instructable though.