Choosing the Right Size Shell For You

Cameras come in endless shapes and sizes. With interchangeable lenses and accessories like battery grips and L-brackets, your camera's shape and size might change even within the context of a single shoot.

Fortunately, Shell comes in 3 different sizes, each of which fits a wide range of camera bodies and lenses. Shell is made of a stretchy water-resistant fabric that cinches at both ends. Even if you frequently change lenses or use multiple camera bodies, there's probably a single Shell size that will solve your needs.

 

SHELL SIZES AND CORRESPONDING CAMERA/LENS TYPES

Let's start with a detailed pict-o-gram:

 

If you've still got questions, this chart contains a few more nitty-gritty details:

Shell Size Camera Body and Lens Compatibility

Small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirrorless cameras with any size lens*.

  • Ex: Sony NEX, Sony a7 and a7ii series, all Micro 4/3 cameras, etc.

Crop-sensor DSLRs with kit or small prime lenses and no battery grip.

  • Ex: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3xxx-5xxx
  • Lens Ex: 18-55mm DX lens, 35mm, 50mm DX lenses, etc.

*Almost any size lens. If you're using a Sony a7ii with the Sony 70-200 FE lens, you'll want a Medium Shell.

 

Medium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crop-sensor DSLRs with any size lens* and/or battery grip.

  • Ex: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3xxx-5xxx, etc.
  • Lens Ex: Any DX format lenses

Full-frame DSLRs with lenses as long as a 24-70 f2.8 and no battery grip.

  • Ex: Canon 7D, 5D, Nikon D7xxxx, Nikon D6xx-8xx, etc.
  • Lens ex: Any prime lens, wide-angle lens, Nikon/Canon 24-70 f2.8, or any tele/zoom lens that is shorter than 5 in (127 mm) in the closed position without the lens hood on.

*Any size DX lens. If you're using a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 pro lens on a Nikon D5300 body, you'll want a Large Shell.

 

Large

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-frame DSLRs with any size lens* and/or battery grip.

  • Ex: Canon 7D, 5D, Nikon D7xxxx, Nikon D6xx-8xx, etc.
  • Lens ex: Nikon/Canon 70-200 f2.8, any tele/zoom lens 300mm+

Flagship DSLRs with any size lens*.

  • Ex: Canon 1D, Nikon D4

*Almost any size lens. If you're using 600mm+ lenses, Shell will fit around your camera body but will not cover your entire lens.

Also note that we have not tested Shell on medium-format camera bodies. Shell is designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, so we don't currently recommend it on other kinds of cameras. If you find that it works on any medium/large format cameras, please let us know!

 

And just for giggles, let's share some images of the 3 Shell sizes so you can get an idea of how big they are in relation to one-another:

SMALL:

 

MEDIUM:

LARGE:

 

 

WHAT IF I STILL CAN'T DECIDE?

If you've looked at the above charts and you still can't decide, then use these guiding principles to get you through these tough times:

1. Keep in mind, for most camera/lens sizes there are 2 Shell sizes that will fit your camera. So, this isn't a life or death situation.

2. Shell is made to stretch and fit your camera snugly. For any given camera size, a smaller Shell will fit your camera more snugly and a larger Shell will have a baggier fit.

3. A tighter fit is better for carrying your camera in Capture since everything will be nice and snug. A looser fit is better if you plan to actively shoot with Shell in the rain since it will be quicker to pull Shell up and access your controls.

4. Even if you get the larger Shell size, it will be much more snug-fitting than other camera rain covers on the market.

5. Another advantage of picking the larger size is that you can cinch Shell closed all the way around your camera, even when using long lenses with hoods.

5. If you have a DSLR and a mirrorless camera, consider getting 2 Shells. You really don't want to use anything bigger than the small Shell for a mirrorless camera.

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