I consider Ziploc style bags essential gear for protecting my cameras. Here in North America, it’s a bit chilly this time of year. But it’s also a great season for photography if you make the right preparations. One of my favorite cold weather tricks is to put the camera in a Ziploc style bag before I return indoors. By doing so, any condensation that might appear when the warm room temperature hits my cold gear, will form on the bag and not the camera itself. Once the camera has reached room temperature, I can safely take it out of the Ziploc. If you don’t have a Ziploc with you, then leave your camera inside the Lowepro bag until everything warms up.
Of course there are dozens of other uses for Ziplocs, ranging from temporary rain protection to transporting found objects. It’s definitely the other bag you should have.
Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.