THANK YOU for the insight – that is exactly what this MYOG noob needs.
Without any sort of design software at my disposal it might be a little difficult to explain my concept, but I will give it a try. Before I begin it’s worth noting that I have a two Canon 5D MK IIs, so unfortunately this project is going to require more skill than a typical point-and-shoot (although I appreciate the link to the bubble wrap project). The good news is that my camera is already relatively water-resistant, so a little moisture isn’t going to be critical. However, I am planning on thru-hiking the Colorado Trail this summer and was hoping to do some time lapse photography – even when the daily afternoon rain showers blow through. So in order to continue shooting during inclement weather I will need to be able to manipulate my settings without exposing the camera to excess moisture.
To do this I thought that I would build a casing for the body and lens (separately) made almost entirely from cuben. For the camera body case I have found a lightweight glass screen for the LCD monitor, but that still doesn’t address the dilemma of accessing the buttons and wheels that manipulate the camera’s settings. The solution I envisioned was to take magnets and machine them so that they essentially “outline” the various buttons and wheels in question, seal them between two layers of cuben, and then make “caps” with the casing magnet’s pair sealed between two layers of cuben as well.
Does that make sense?
For the sake of simplicity imagine a circular button a ¼ inch in diameter. To access this button I would need to make a ¼ inch circular cutout from the camera body cuben case. In order to maintain the integrity of the waterproofing characteristics of the cuben material I need to keep the button covered when not in use. So what I thought would work best would be to take a magnet and drill out a ¼ inch hole from the center so that it surrounds our imaginary button completely (why I had initially envisioned a washer-shaped magnet). Then I would take the positive charged half of the magnet and seal it around the button cut out between two layers of cuben (one side being the camera body case itself). The “cap” would be the negative half of the cutout magnet sealed between two pieces of cuben. Thus, when not in use I could just pop on the cover and keep shooting during the daily CT afternoon rain showers.
The key would be to make sure that the magnetic field isn’t strong enough to damage the camera itself, and thin enough to fit between two layers of cuben…
Please note that science was never my strong suit and I never read Marvel comics as a kid, so if any of my explanation in regards to magnets, magnetism, magnetic fields, etc. doesn’t jive with contemporary science I apologize in advance!