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    Posted: 04 September 2017 at 04:21
Well, over the weekend I was on a bit of an expedition, visiting my (elderly & frail) parents. Along the way I photographed stuff. Waterfalls mostly.

On Saturday I'd spent a couple of hours in light drizzle, in the Tangoio Reserve. The a7R & LA-EA4 weren't getting rained on as such, but they got quite wet still. Toward the end, the camera was flashing at me that it didn't recognise the accessory attached, albeit it would still photograph just fine.

On Sunday, things seemed to be ok. A couple of hours back into my trip, I took some video clips of a waterfall I photographed earlier.

But when I got to Taupo and the Huka Falls, disaster. The camera/adapter combination wouldn't recognise the aperture controls. I could set the shutter and nearly everything else. But the aperture was stuck. I tried rebooting camera, clearing contacts, switching lenses etc. Nothing.

It was a nervous drive back, and I put the camera and the adapter into my dehumidifier cabinet overnight, hoping it would fix whatever was the problem. I had no idea if the problem was the adapter or the camera. Fortunately everything is all working now.

Clearly even if the A7R is robust and well sealed, the LA-EA4 isn't. I'm not sure what the solution is. Is there a small waterproof sleeve you could pull over where it joins the camera? Or would a manual adapter (like the Novoflex) be a better option for inclement weather?
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As far as the sleeve goes there is one possibility I can think of and that's a beer can koozie. I use them as lens pouches to protect my primes while in the camera bag and they're a good tight fit for the smaller primes like the 35/2, 24/2.8 and the 50's.
But with that being said wouldn't the best solution be a rain sleeve for such occasions?
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The beer can idea looks worth pursuing.

I do have a storm jacket rain cover, but it's a bit too big. I got it for use with a DSLR and telephoto lens. It was also by memory, a pain to use on tripods. I might dig deeper into alternatives.

Also, have an electronic dry cabinet to suck moisture out of your gear is good to have on hand...
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