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#1 Jose Ornelas

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 04:54 PM

I am filming La Tomatina, the huge tomato fight in Spain in a couple of weeks. I was wondering what would be best to protect the camera, because I am sure someone is going to throw a tomato at the camera or I am at least going to get hit by splatter. Any suggestions as to what I should use to protect the camera?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 05:05 PM

Rain cover over the camera and an Optical Clear filter in the mattebox.
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#3 John Sprung

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 05:40 PM

Another thought -- If you're shooting hand held, don't put the finder against your eye. Operate off the video tap. That way you don't get hurt if the camera gets hit hard.




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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:51 PM

Get a long lens and try to stay out of the cross fire.

I don't see how going in there with a camera would be any fun. I saw an episode of "Globe Trekker" where people were smearing tomato all over the lens...so it's probably best to stay out of there.

Otherwise, what has already been said. Also, see if you can get a Port-a-brace covering for the camera as well to protect the camera from impact.
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#5 jake harris

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 09:55 AM

I tried filming there a couple years back. That street is soooo tiny. If you are in the middle of that crowd it will be hard filming as there is no room at all to move. Biggest worry would be the buckets of water people throw at you from the balconies, bag up your camera well! Also watch out because the lorries come right down the crowded street and if you're looking through the lens you could get caught out! Best bet I reckon would be to get on one of the lorries and film from there, or as Jonathan already said go long and stay back! Good luck.
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#6 David Rakoczy

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 09:58 AM

A couple LARGE Grips can go a long way as well ;)
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#7 Chris Keth

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 01:55 PM

If I were doing it, I would get a raincoat for the camera and a flat or a screw-on UV and just go with it. Wear a poncho to take cover under for tape changes. Take a few handkerchiefs with you stuffed deep on your pockets so you have some clean cloths to wipe the lens off with. Have fun.
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