LensCoat Lens Covers...
Moving a big white (or black) lens near skittish wildlife is like waving your arms a sure way to flush your subject and ruin what could be a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. LensCoat Lens Covers mask your 200 mm to 600 mm lens, giving you a better chance at getting the shot.
LensCoat Lens Covers are manufactured from 100% closed-cell neoprene, offering protection from bumps, jars and nicks, with a camouflage-pattern fabric cover. LensCoat Lens Covers also provide a thermal barrier, protecting your hands from cold lenses in lower temperatures. They are easy to install and remove, leaving no residue on the lens. And LensCoat lens covers are waterproof, providing protection in harsh conditions.
Other features include a clear, flexible UV-PVC window over the AF/IS/VR controls and the distance-scale window. The LensCoat also features custom holes that reveal the red-dot for easy alignment to the camera body without removing the cover.
LensCoat for the Canon 500 f/4 with IS:
LensCoat 500 telephoto lens cover offers your valuable equipment some protection from scrapes and bumps, preserving its resale value. It also help break up the shape of your lens, making it less noticeable to wildlife.
The LensCoat 500 features a clear plastic windows over the auto focus and Image Stabilization controls, and also the distance scale. A small hole on the last segment lines up with the red dot indictor, making it easy t o quickly line up your lens with camera mount even with the cover installed.
Reviewed by 3 customers
I love my LensCoat. Works as advertised. First and foremost it protects my lens from day to day bumps and scratches. Really breaks up the shape of my nice big white lens which helps with my slow, low approach to wildlife. And the thermal protection in both hot and cold temps makes handling the lens a pleasure. Home run! I also got the matching Hoodie to replace the big bulky Canon lens cover and the LegCoats for my Gitzo tripod.
Lenscoat is an essential part of my camera gear. Without it, my 500 f/4 lens would have scratches. Contrary to the previous review, the product fits the lens as expected. I can't imagine having any lens without the protection. As a wildlife photographer, the camo really helps in not scaring away my subject. Buy this product with confidence. You won't regret it.
The front cover allows no access to the AF buttons on the lens, meaning you have to align and cut your own holes. I have nothing good to say about the plastic window over the controls, either. If you're wearing gloves (as we quite often do when "shooting" birds etc), then moving any of the controls becomes nigh on impossible. It's difficult enough without gloves! I've had no end of trouble with the tape that supposedly hides the tripod ring on both this lens and the 300mm f2.8L. It looks appalling when it's "cut to fit", and invariably peels away from either the lens or the adhesive backing (which DOES leave residue, irrespective of what LENSCOAT say!). I was contemplating the "Realtree" option, but am now looking at other alternatives.