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.
- 3mm foam
- Black cotton cloth
- Velcro® Strap
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.