Advantages Of A DIY Lens Jacket

DIY protective lens jackets

DIY protective lens jackets

After making the lens jacket for my Sigma 150-500mm and using it, I found that besides protecting the skin of the lens from scratches and light knocks, it could also be used as a rain jacket in light drizzle and as an emergency lens hood.  But, the thing that I like most is that I could carry the lens in whatever bag that I’m using and not only in bags specially built for cameras, lenses and accessories (plus maybe a pocket for the notebook).

I made two more lens jackets.  One for the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and another for the new Sigma A lens, the 18-35mm f1.8.  As for the material, instead of the thicker foam of the camping mat, I opted for a thinner, about 3mm, foam that I bought from the stationary section of a local superstore.  All done in a matter of a few hours as for this time around with the experience that I had, I just concentrated on getting the job done.

Materials used:

  • 3mm foam
  • Black cotton cloth
  • Adhesive
  • Velcro® Strap
Cover one side with oversize cloth and fold over

Cover one side with oversize cloth and fold over

Afterwards paste the other side to cover the whole foam

Afterwards paste the other side to cover the whole foam

Velcro strap stiched and that's all. For hole and notches just cut the cloth diagonally and fold over

Velcro straps stitched on a double layered flaps and the flaps stitched to the jacket, the other part of the velcro strap onto the jacket itself, that’s all. For hole and inward U cut at the sides just cut the cloth of the first pasting diagonally and fold over.

Since the foam used is thinner the hood is able to slid in but only for storage and not during transportation because of the space between the hood and jacket

Since the foam used is thinner the hood is able to slid in easily but only for storage and not during transportation because of the space between the hood and jacket

One other thing that I would like to mention that is not directly beneficiary to the lens is that I like the feeling of holding the jacket firmly in my hand with the lens in it. A lot more confidence and less worry.

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