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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2012, 03:57:49 AM »
I've always kind of had a problem with the bright 'oh wow, look at me' canon's. And they really do, scream 'look at me'. I've attracted way too much attention with the times I've been dragging one around.
LOL I even get attention just using my 70-200 f2.8Lis ii with (white) Kenko TC and it's not even that huge. What is perhaps more surprising is the amount of attention my cheapo black Sigma 150-500 gets especially when I have it zoomed out, don't think a skin would fix that!

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2012, 03:57:49 AM »

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2012, 04:20:38 AM »
I have one for my 300 2.8 which I use mostly on the vast open spaces of the soccer field sidelines.  The main utility for me is it keeps the lens considerably cooler.
Thats my thinking when it comes to my go-to landscape lens.

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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2012, 04:33:11 AM »
I think skins for lenses are a stupid idea. "pimping" iphone cases is fine but professional lenses? Please.

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2012, 06:20:24 AM »
For me lens skin is important because I once had lots of dust in my EF 24-105mm L lens (as I mostly shoot in the deserts) and it cost me U$120 to get it cleaned ... I could have easily protected the lens from dust by having a lens skin. All my lenses cost at least US$ 1000 to US$ 2500 each, and I want them all to serve me well for years to come and if I can help by protecting them with a US$ 79 investment (with a lens skin on them) so be it.
Now I use lens skin on all my lenses. Not only does the skin protect the lens from elements but it also increases the resale value ... eventually we all sell our lenses for the better / faster ones ... if the lens does not have scratches and dings and dust, the resale value of the lens goes up.
But what I've noticed (in my limited experience of using lens skins for 3 years) is that for all canon lenses the Lens Coat skin makes them look less "intimidating" ... however on the Sigma 150-500mm OS the lens skin actually makes the lens look even bigger and more intimidating.
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2012, 08:33:04 AM »
I got a white skin for my pancake  :o ;D

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2012, 09:07:07 AM »
I got a white skin for my pancake  :o ;D
lol ... classic!

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2012, 02:09:33 PM »
I got a white skin for my pancake  :o ;D
It's waffer thin ;)

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2012, 11:53:58 PM »
I never saw the point of skins. Unless its camo or wildlife. neuroanatomist said it vary well.

But just lately I herd a photographer talking about them and why you should buy them.
I think it was Moose Peterson. He said, when you want to sell them because of upgrade or other reasons. You take the lens skin off and it looks brand new under it, and you can sell it for more, and get more money back then you would with out it, the lens looking more well used.

He has a point, but I still wouldn't buy them. Its money I could spend on other thing or putting towards a new lens, body, Starbucks, etc.  If or when i sell a lens, it would because of a upgrade to a L lens, my none L lens will never have the life span of a L lens cause they will get replaced with a L lens, sooner then the life span of a L lens.

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2012, 09:44:35 PM »

This might save you some money DIY Lens Coat
I plan on making one for my 70-200.
The purpose is to be less noticable in public, but not sure if that's possible at all with that huge piece of glass  8)
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2012, 10:47:37 PM »
I thought your weren't suppose to use super glue anywhere near a lens because the vapor destroys coatings on lens elements?
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2012, 11:47:41 PM »

I've never heard of it, if true I'll might buy one for $79 after all.  >:(
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2012, 01:04:20 PM »
Personally, I don't see the point from a protection standpoint. Lenses are tools, yes, they'll collect signs of use over time, but I buy them to use them, not to keep them pretty.  As a kid, I had an aunt with a formal living room filled with clear plastic-covered furniture and vinyl carpet runners... I didn't see the point then, and I don't now.

The only exception would be a camo skin for birds/wildlife, when the business end of the supertele is the only thing sticking out of a blind.

I use Lens coat camo for my long lenses.  300 and 600 respectively and for the purpose of wildlife photography.  I dont use skins on any of my shorter lenses.  Lenses are tools.  You take care of them and they last  a long time... Sometimes the coat prevents scuffs and such, but thats not why I use them.  It's to tone down that giant white thing lurking in the bushes..

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2013, 11:14:59 PM »
Canon whites draw attention...some of which is unwanted and can be a concern security wise when one travels or when one lives in or works through some neighborhoods...this is no laughing matter. So setting birds/wildlife aside, depending on your situation, you may need a basic black outer color... not necessarily these lens skins, but even do it yourself approaches...whatever works for you.

I will not claim this will deter dedicated criminals...but it will minimize calling attention to your gear...white lenses are recognized as high value items in some of the farthest corners of the world.

On the non-extending whites, something as simple as thin black dress socks can be slipped on after cutting it either as a single piece or as several shorter cuts.

When we are talking about lenses typically in the range of $2000 to $12,000 ....its more than a used car or months of wages for some people...add a 1 series SLR body or a full camera bag with goodies and you quickly wander into $20,000+ range...which in some areas is "please mug me" category.

All the resale, dings, freezing reasons are secondary to you having the lenses to resell...so it is perfectly ok to be careful especially if you wander around on your own.
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2013, 01:33:22 AM »
I bought the grey camo lens coat for my 70-200 2.8 II. Not for protection of the lens but more for protection for me. Walking around the city with a big white lens screams "mug me".

The lens without the cover always draws comments & that just creeped me out. With the cover no one says a thing.
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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2013, 02:14:17 AM »
Canon whites draw attention...some of which is unwanted and can be a concern security wise when one travels or when one lives in or works through some neighborhoods...this is no laughing matter. So setting birds/wildlife aside, depending on your situation, you may need a basic black outer color... not necessarily these lens skins, but even do it yourself approaches...whatever works for you.

I will not claim this will deter dedicated criminals...but it will minimize calling attention to your gear...white lenses are recognized as high value items in some of the farthest corners of the world.

On the non-extending whites, something as simple as thin black dress socks can be slipped on after cutting it either as a single piece or as several shorter cuts.

When we are talking about lenses typically in the range of $2000 to $12,000 ....its more than a used car or months of wages for some people...add a 1 series SLR body or a full camera bag with goodies and you quickly wander into $20,000+ range...which in some areas is "please mug me" category.

All the resale, dings, freezing reasons are secondary to you having the lenses to resell...so it is perfectly ok to be careful especially if you wander around on your own.
Agree, where I live, Westerners are targeted by local thugs and are often robbed at gun point in the middle of the day. Although a black cover on the big white won't help against that, but at least it will offer some camoflage.

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Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2013, 02:14:17 AM »