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rshunk 10-30-2010 08:53 AM

DIY "Lenscoat"
I purchased a small amount of 3mm thick neoprene (6"x48") and a tube of neoprene seal cement from eBay - total cost: $27.00 (including shipping). This is enough to easily do two lenses - that's only $13.50 per lens!!

I should have bought the black cement - the "clear" cement is actually yellow.

1. The first thing I did was draw a picture of the lens and took detailed measurements of the areas of the lens that I wanted to cover. I then subtracted 1/8" from the circumference of each for a secure fit.

2. Then I gathered together all the pieces and parts I'd need.

3. I used WORD to create boxes the exact sizes of my measurements and printed them out. I had to tape some pieces together to get the right length. I then labeled each piece. Using the templates, I placed them on the neoprene until I got them positioned in such a way as to minimize the amount of waste material. Once the positioning was finalized, I used double-sided tape to stick them down so I could cut them out. Using sharp scissors, I cut out all the pieces - leaving an additional 1/8" to the length - and test fit them on the lens. Made minor cuts and adjustments and then cut to the final length. (I'm not very good with an X-acto knife and ruler, but it would probably make a cleaner, straighter cut than with scissors).

4. Using two glasses I propped up the edges of the neoprene to be glued/cemented, following the instructions that came with the tube of cement. Mine required two coats and a total of 15 minutes curing time.

5. After the allotted curing time, I put down a piece of wax paper to prevent any sticking to the inside of the "tube" (just in case, but it really wasn't necessary) and then I used 4x folded thread to add a few stitches for added holding power.

6. When they were all done - I had "tubes" of various sizes and widths that are custom made to fit my lens. I even cut out a small section for the distance scale and made a slit for the rear filter holder.

That's it! You have yourself a homemade "LensCoat"!!

It's reversible

Not bad for a couple of bucks and about 2-hours time!

Bob S.

Mr. Pickles 10-30-2010 09:35 AM

Great write up and kudos for posting the whole exercise.

stef@apl 10-30-2010 11:28 AM

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And you thought you weren't going to use algebra later in life....

YACOB 11-02-2010 04:41 AM

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Great job

robbiew 11-02-2010 05:36 AM

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Great idea Bob. def some K on the way for the idea. :)

R. House 11-03-2010 02:37 AM

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Beautiful work! Thanks for posting this. Would you mind posting the links for the materials?

rshunk 11-03-2010 05:30 AM

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Originally Posted by R. House (Post 1127999)
Beautiful work! Thanks for posting this. Would you mind posting the links for the materials?

No problem!

I got the neoprene from THIS SELLER on eBay and I got the seal cement from THIS SELLER. Both sellers shipped very fast.

Bob S.

Canon fodda 11-03-2010 10:04 AM

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thats brilliant, can you get the neo in pink?

stef@apl 11-03-2010 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Canon fodda (Post 1128188)
thats brilliant, can you get the neo in pink?

And you thought white lenses attracted attention....

nillapoet 11-03-2010 02:50 PM

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Very cool. I might actually try this. ;D

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