Splash Bags

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.

Inside the bag, the camera position is fully adjustable to accommodate different length 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.

Our bags can be fitted with an optional, externally mounted waterproof monitor or you can use a raincover over an on-board monitor of your preference.

John Seale talks about HydroFlex Splash Bags on the “Perfect Storm.”

HydroFlex splash bags are available for the following camera systems:

  • ARRI Alexa, Alexa XT, Alexa Plus with primes or zooms
  • ARRI 435 with primes or zooms
  • ARRI 235
  • ARRI Arricam LT & ST with primes or short zoom, 400 ft. mag
  • ARRI 16SR3 with primes or zoom
  • Panavision G2/Platinum with primes or zooms
  • Panavision Millenium XL with primes, 400 ft. back load
  • Sony F35 with Primes
  • Sony F35 with Zooms
  • IMAX IW-5 with 40mm to 250mm lenses
  • Raincovers for large 3D rigs
  • Spray Deflecting Air Knives for all sizes of 3D beamsplitter rigs
Alexa Hand Held Splashbag
Alexa Hand Held Splashbag
Alexa Hand Held Splashbag on SL Cine Pan & Tilt Head
Alexa Hand Held Splashbag on SL Cine Pan & Tilt Head
Alexa Primes Splashbag
Alexa Primes Splashbag
On-Board Monitor Raincover
On-Board Monitor Raincover
Dean Semler, ACS, ASC (center) lines up a shot on Apocalypto with a Panavision Genesis in a splashbag.
Dean Semler, ACS, ASC (center) lines up a shot on Apocalypto with a Panavision Genesis in a splashbag.
Splash Bag
HydroFlex Splashbag protecting a Panavision Platinum with 11-1 zoom lens and 1000′ rear load magazine mounted on a Libra head
Our splash bags were used in the filming of Apocalypto. Click here to read the article from American Cinematographer: A Great Escape
Our splash bags were used in the filming of Apocalypto. Click here to read the article from American Cinematographer: A Great Escape