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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2013, 03:26:54 AM »
I got my for my new 600 II lens and I don´t regret it. Would buy it again, but only for my big whites.
My 70-200 IS II won´t get one.

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2013, 03:26:54 AM »

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2013, 04:45:06 AM »
If you are wildlife photographer and you don't want distract animals, obviously lens camo is way to go to hide much as possible that big white in middle of forest/field. Otherwise I don't see point using those.
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2013, 08:32:04 PM »
I just received my 300 2.8 II and had a LensCoat waiting for it.  After putting it on, I don't like it and will be returning it.  It covers all of the controls with plastic windows, and completely covers the drop in filter.  WAY too obtrusive for me and I use all of those switches...that's why I paid $6k+ for the lens!  The neoprene lens hoodie is handy and fits in your pocket, though, so I'm going to keep it.  I'll probably scratch the hell out of my lens the first time out, but alas, I but it for shooting, not display.  Never been a "bra" person with my cars, so I should've known.
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2013, 11:14:12 PM »
I use the Lens Coat Covers for my 200/300/400/200-400 & 600.

I shoot Wildlife mostly, Africa & Arctic/Antarctica, these can be harsh Climates & Conditions on equipment, the Covers offer some protection against Dust/Dirt/Snow etc, plus the occasional bump & scrape situation.

But the main reason I use the Covers is to assist in "resale value", I've sold Version 1 300f/2.8 & 400f/2.8 Lenses after 2 years of use for the same price I originally purchased and in both cases having Lens Coat Covers have been a deciding factor from the point of view of the buyer, the Lenses not only are in pristine condition, but they give a clear message to the buyer that the previous Owner cared enough about his gear to protect it.

Some modifications are necessary though with the lens Coat Covers, you need to use a Box Cutter and remove the plastic windows so you can access controls when needed, you also need to cut a Box into the Cover to access the Drop in Filter, The big whites are weather sealed so the Covers less about water.dust getting in, and more about offering protection against scratches etc.

That all converts to $$$ for me, I cant comment on the "Lens Skins", until this thread I'de never heard of them, but i may now look at using something like this on my 70-200f/2.8 II, seems like a good idea to me.

Ultimately it's like a Car Cover, or Painting a house, you have a reasonable Investment tied up in Lenses, in my own case, Big Whites, +/- $50k, Lens Coat Covers for these Lenses cost +/-$450.00 If that helps protect the gear for ultimate resale at a best price, it's a sound investment.
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2013, 11:14:12 PM »