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    This is my first prototype for a home made lens coat. I bought a small roll of that rubber matting for my dashboard from a cheapo variety shop in Mosman for $2.50 and had most of it left over. So i thought i'd give it a go on the 500mm
    Obviously never going to be as good as the real thing but for less than the price of my daily coffee i reckon it isn't too bad. At this stage just stuck on with sticky tape. I might go back to the shop to see what other colours they have and then use some sturdy double-sided tape on it. the biggest part of this lens is the hood so even just disguising that would make a big difference i think.
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    Default Re: Cheap home made lens coat!

    Nice idea Dave, I think I may do something like that for the time being when I get my bigger lens

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    Nice idea...and the lens hood piece can double as a bath mat too.

    I've been considering using some neoprene rubber from my old wetsuits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffG
    Nice idea...and the lens hood piece can double as a bath mat too.

    I've been considering using some neoprene rubber from my old wetsuits.

    Never been a surfer Geoff so i don't have any of those lying around. How would you stitch it together? Having a big Rip Curl logo across the hood might take away from the camo look
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    Neoprene mouse mats. Stitched together with wet suit glue (aquaseal). You can get camouflage pattern mats if you look hard enough in the $2 shops.

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    Default Re: Cheap home made lens coat!

    And next week on "cheap homemade camera gear" we will be making teleconverters out of macaroni and Coke bottles

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingsonwire
    And next week on "cheap homemade camera gear" we will be making teleconverters out of macaroni and Coke bottles


    Thanks for the tip Arron! Sounds like too much hard work though
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Stowe
    How would you stitch it together? Having a big Rip Curl logo across the hood might take away from the camo look


    I was going to try velcro. I could also glue it or get the Mrs to stitch together. Another possibility for me is to take it to Ripcurl and ask them to stitch the pieces. Ripcurl's head office is 2 k's from my place and they do a lot of wetsuit repairs there.
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    Have been toying with this idea myself but haven't got around to it yet, currently I just lightly secure a piece of camo cloth around the lens being careful not to obstruct the focus ring.

    Of course the biggest and best solution would be....." Canon stop making those stupid white lenses ! :roll: "
    Repost at will......Cheers from Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffG
    Quote Originally Posted by David Stowe
    How would you stitch it together? Having a big Rip Curl logo across the hood might take away from the camo look


    I was going to try velcro. I could also glue it or get the Mrs to stitch together. Another possibility for me is to take it to Ripcurl and ask them to stitch the pieces. Ripcurl's head office is 2 k's from my place and they do a lot of wetsuit repairs there.
    What a great idea! I wonder how much this method would end up costing? Still cheaper than the "proper" ones i dare say. More hassle of course.

    Colin I don't think you will ever see Canon changing the colour of their big glass Too good a marketing tool having sports arenas filled with obviously Canon gear Maybe we could just get out the paintbrush
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    Default Re: Cheap home made lens coat!

    I've been toying with making my own lenscoat for a while, although the sliding hood on the 400/5.6 makes it a bit trickier. Dan Allen made his own for his 500mm I believe. I'll send him a PM and send him this way to add some knowledge.
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    I did make my own for the 500. I bought some Camo type material from Spotlight for a few bucks a metre (1 metre is heaps) and cut it out to suit the lens, then i cut out the same none slip rubber type matting that Dave has there to suit the pieces and glued it to the material with cheap spray glue. The pieces basically wrap around the lens and stick together with velcro, ie the piece for the hood is about 30 x 20cm and wraps around and secures under the lens with the velcro. The whole thing comprises of 4 pieces and cost less than $10.00.

    I'll try to take some pics later

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    Pics as promised, and yes i did all the sewing myself!

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    looks great Dan. As good a camo as Lens coat.

    Fabulous sewing job too
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    Awesome Dan! Have you got any material left over!
    I'll have to go to Spotlight i reckon....the only camo material I think i have is my daughters old camo pants....but they're pink

    ..and i really couldn't tell that you'd done the sewing yourself...
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