I've been using products from Wildlife Watching Supplies for many years now and have found them to be high quality and essential in my camera bag. So I was very pleased when they asked me to review their throw over Bag Hide. As a wildlife photographer I need to disappear into the landscape and try to make my presence unknown by the subjects I'm trying to document. I've used many different hides over the years and they all have their plus's and minus's but when I'm in the field I want something that is easy to use and no hassle. The hide is very easy to use, it's compact so you can easily fit it in your camera bag and you do not need any pegs or poles just throw it over yourself when you need it. It will cover yourself, camera, tripod and seat. Due to the hole at the top you can wear it like a poncho if you think you'll have to cover yourself quickly. You can also use it like old victorian camera, drape it over your tripod and then pull it over your head for more cover. The bag hide is available in many different camouflage patterns so you can use the right one for the environment that you work in.
There are two main holes on the bag hide: one for your lens which is lined with velcro so you can fasten it around your lens (see below image) and also another hole which is covered with a removable piece of scrim which you can use to look through.
I found wearing the hide as a poncho very handy when walking long distances and you don't want to be messing around in your camera bag trying to get it out when you're in a rush. You can wear it either like a cape or you can do what I did which was wrap it around my neck like a large scarf, this way I found it didn't get in the way while walking and was more comfortable.
In conclusion I found the Bag Hide to be a very essential bit of equipment for my photography, being able to camouflage myself and not be seen is crucial in my photography. I like how small and easy it is to carry around, it easily fits in my pocket and doesn't take long to put on. Due to the lightweight material, it is very breathable meaning that you don't get too hot when wearing it but a downside to this is that it's not waterproof but if your wearing waterproof clothing then you should be fine. Will it replace me using a large dome hide? No, as easy as it is to use I wouldn't sit in it for many hours as for that amount of time you need to be comfortable and in a dome hide you can sit in it for hours (even days) being very comfortable. This is for the photographer that does a lot of walking with their camera and is constantly on the move but I can see myself using this hide a lot in the future due to how easy it is to use!
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