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  • HELP! Lens covers

    Anyone use a camouflaged lens cover, like from here?
    https://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies...over-sets.html
    Just wonder if they are any use to disguise the lens and make it a little easier to get shots of wildlife, especially birds.
    sigpicDave

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    Re: Lens covers

    Originally posted by sapper View Post
    Anyone use a camouflaged lens cover, like from here?
    https://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies...over-sets.html
    Just wonder if they are any use to disguise the lens and make it a little easier to get shots of wildlife, especially birds.
    Dave,

    I think it's the photographer who needs to blend in.

    Harold
    The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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    • #3
      Re: Lens covers

      I use one but only for the minor protection theneoprene offers to bumps and scrapes - I am clumsy. As Harold says there isn't much point camouflaging the lens and not the camera or the scary thing holding them!
      Iain

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      • #4
        Re: Lens covers

        They don't help at all as part of a disguise. Birds seem to respond mainly to movement. The best thing to do is use a portable hide and wait for the birds to come to you.
        Best wishes

        Wildwood

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        • #5
          Re: Lens covers

          Originally posted by Wildwood View Post
          They don't help at all as part of a disguise. Birds seem to respond mainly to movement. The best thing to do is use a portable hide and wait for the birds to come to you.
          I was waiting for someone to say that. That is precisely my experience with insects. They respond to hand movements e.g. to focus via the focus ring.

          Any upward movement is unnatural and is likely to startle your subject.

          Harold
          The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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          • #6
            Re: Lens covers

            I work for Essex Wildlife Trust and also visit RSPB and I have seen several people who have camouflaged their lenses and scopes.

            I can assure you that it makes no difference to the image quality and that most birds and wildlife react to movement and noise.

            I have seen birds perched on a hi-vis vest hung over a spade handle. Robins in particular are very bold and will approach most things if there are mealworms available.
            Graham

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            • #7
              Re: Lens covers

              The only neoprene on my 40-150 2.8 and 300 f4 is Optech lens hats to protect the plastic hoods in bags, plus slipped on again whilst walking about if there's a need to protect front element from water droplets, pollen, grass seeds, etc.

              I find these easier remove than a lens cap, and a lot less easier to lose than a lens cap.

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              • #8
                Re: Lens covers

                I think it's more of a statement saying "look at me, I'm a pro". Bought by those that have to have all the gear but not necessarily have any idea.

                Stupid if you ask me, better to cover the photographer than a lens.

                Steve
                Old divers never die, they just go down on old wrecks
                Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but bubbles
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                • #9
                  Re: Lens covers

                  Originally posted by Wreckdiver View Post
                  I think it's more of a statement saying "look at me, I'm a pro". Bought by those that have to have all the gear but not necessarily have any idea.

                  Stupid if you ask me, better to cover the photographer than a lens.

                  Steve


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                  • #10
                    Re: Lens covers

                    Originally posted by DavidB View Post
                    Like this?

                    Ha ha

                    Steve
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                    • #11
                      Re: Lens covers

                      Don't forget to ensure the camo cover matches the environment you are shooting in:



                      https://youtu.be/ZOcUIbQxepo


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                      • #12
                        Re: Lens covers

                        Originally posted by Invicta View Post
                        Don't forget to ensure the camo cover matches the environment you are shooting in:



                        https://youtu.be/ZOcUIbQxepo


                        Yeah. I usually wear a suit when I'm doing street photography in the city of London.
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                        Mark

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                        • #13
                          Re: Lens covers

                          I did buy one for my 300m F2.8 when I first got it, as a means of protection for an expensive investment, rather than for camouflage. It didn't fit properly when it arrived.
                          Then I discovered plain black neoprene laptop sleeves in Poundland, and spent half an hour with a sewing machine.
                          Best Regards
                          Bill

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