HydroFlex makes a full line of splash bags to accommodate a variety of cameras. More than a rain cover, a splash bag is a sealed unit with a custom dry-suit type zipper that allows easy access to a camera while ensuring full protection from rain or other wet conditions. It can be used hand-held or mounted on a tripod or crane. A splash bag combined with our HydroHead remote pan & tilt head, allows smooth seamless remote camera use in rain, a dump tank, a boat, or any other wet location. Click here for more information about the HydroHead. Splash bags are not immersible and should be used for surface use only. For camera protection while filming underwater, see Camera Housings.
All of our splash bags have integral spray deflector systems to prevent water drops from collecting in front of the lens. Splash bags are equipped with either the HydroFlex air-powered spray deflector system or a spinning disc system. An internal defogging system keeps condensation from forming in front of the lens.
Once it’s in a splash bag, the camera’s lens control can be achieved with a Preston remote system or manually with a follow focus whip. Clear side panels on the bag allow easy viewing of lens and camera settings. Magazine changes and most lens changes can be made easily without removing the camera from the bag. The viewfinder retains over 90º of rotational adjustment.
Inside the bag, the camera position is fully adjustable to accommodate several different lenses. Outside the bag, the mounting base remains adjustable, enabling the system to be balanced on a head regardless of the lens chosen. A built-in matte box accepts accessories including eyebrows and hard mattes.
Most of our bags can be fitted with optional, externally mounted waterproof monitors. Standard definition or HD can be used according to which camera you are using. See our monitors page for details.
John Seale talks about HydroFlex Splash Bags on the “Perfect Storm.”
HydroFlex splash bags are available for the following camera systems:
- Raincovers for large 3D rigs including Element Technica Quasar & Pace
- Spray Deflecting Air Knives for all sizes of 3D beamsplitter rigs
- Arri Alexa
- Arri D21
- Arri 416
- Arri 235
- Arri 435 with primes or short zooms and 4×5.5, 6×6 matteboxes
- Arri 435 with long zoom and 4×5.5, 6×6 matteboxes
- Arri 435 with Panavision 11 to 1 zoom
- Arri 535 with primes or short zoom, 400 ft. or 1000 ft. mag
- Arri Arricam LT & ST with primes or short zoom, 400 ft. mag
- Arri 16SR3 with primes or zoom
- Arri 35-3 with primes or short zooms
- IMAX IW-5 with 40mm to 250mm lenses
- Mini Vistacam with primes
- Mini Vistacam with 50 to 300 zoom
- Panasonic Varicam
- Panavision G2/Platinum with primes, 1000 ft. top load
- Panavision G2/Platinum with 11 to 1 zoom, 1000 ft. back load
- Panavision G2/Platinum handheld, 400 ft. back load
- Panavision Millenium XL with primes, 400 ft. back load
- Panavision Genesis with internal cooling system
- Red One
- Sony F35 with Primes
- Sony F35 with Zooms
- Sony HDW-700 with Fujinon HA 10 X 5.2 BEVM-28
- Sony HDF-900/950
- Thomson Viper
HydroFlex also offers the Compact T Bag from ASL Products. It accommodates a wide variety of smaller video cameras including (but not limited to) the Sony EX1, EX3, Z1U, FX1 & Panasonic HVX200 & HPX170. It will accommodate a Red One with smaller prime lenses. This bag can also be used in conjunction with the ASL 4″ HD Underwater Monitor.