I'm thinking of getting one of these for this lens to protect against bumps. Opinions of anyone who has experience with this combo will be appreciated. One question: Does it allow the hood to be retracted?
Jay in Toronto
I can't comment on the other brand in UK, but it looks promising.
I use lensCoat on all of my lenses. I have a number of longish, and long lenses, and love them with the following caveat. My smaller L lenses (ex. 24-70 2.8 II L, etc.) with smaller lens hoods, do not keep the coat on the hood well. I contacted the company and they told me to put two sided tape on the hood to help, but that doesn't work at all, and in that regard, I have never been happy.
I have a 300 mm 2.8 II L IS and it has a LensCoat. The LensCoat performs very well and the coat stays well on the hood. I cut a small cutout in the area of the tightening screw that secures the hood to the lens- for convenience and to seat the Coat better.
I think you will be satisfied with LensCoat if you choose it.
I'd consider the covers from Outdoor Photography -- but after three days they haven't replied to my email questions (are the Canon 400mm f5.6 covers reversable, do they allow access to the focus switches).