If you have ever watched wildlife photographers lining up on a bear in Yellowstone, chances are most of the big lenses were in camo. What is this, and why do I want it? LensCoat makes terrific custom-fitted neoprene covers, and if you use your big glass a lot for wildlife, then you want one. The neoprene firmly slips onto your lens, and makes a great buffer for glare, bumps, scratches and moisture. These covers are not meant to waterproof your lens, but LensCoat makes a great rain cover as well. The covers come in a variety of solid and camo patterns, which will help break up the outline of your lens if you are photographing shy wildlife. I used a camo version on my 600mm F4, and it really helps reduce the wear and tear on the lens with everyday use. It has small clear windows so I can see and change the switches on my lens, as well as protect them from the elements.
Would I use it on my smaller lenses like the 70-200mm F2.8? I don’t only because this lens is less conspicuous and doesn’t take as many bumps as my big glass. But I use another accessory, the TravelCoat, to slip my 600mm into when I don’t want to carry a bulky case around. This 3mm neoprene cover is perfect for protecting the lens for shoots, and a lot smaller to carry the lens in. Check out all their accessories here.