Mike Kobal

October 31, 2011

Black DIY Lens skins for your Sony Alpha Nex Lenses

sony nex 5n with macro 30mm f3.5 and 16mm
The Sony NEX 5n is so good it quickly became my favorite “take it always and anywhere” camera. I have been shooting with it for a couple of weeks now and I am confident that it can handle pretty much any situation and deliver excellent results. It is like having a mini 5D2 in my pocket! Yeah, it’s that good! What’s not to like? The silver finish of the lens!

I can’t stand it on these lenses (or any lenses), especially when it comes to street photography. Shiny lenses attract too much attention and scratch easily. Here is a quick fix: Take a MTB inner tube, cut strips, since you will stretch them over the lens barrel and the focusing ring, cut them a bid wider than the size you need, make sure the rubber is clean and chalk free, stretch it over the lens and its done (I also put a rubber strip over the silver bayonet ring on the body). I like the way it looks, feels and protects. I f you always AF you could cut one segment or overlap them and this will weather proof the lens. You can easily find mtb inner tubes on line for a couple of bucks, or swing by a local bike shop and ask them to just give you a punctured one for free! Definitely worth a try.
Equipment used in this review:
Sony Nex 5n
Sony Nex macro 30mm f3.5
Sony Nex 16mm f2.8 pancake
Canon 5D2
sony nex 5n with macro 30mm f3.5
sony nex 5n with macro 30mm f3.5
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sony nex 5n with 16mm 2.8 pancake
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Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 10:06 pm

7 Comments »

  1. What a fantastic idea! Thanks.

    Comment by john soho — November 1, 2011 @ 10:24 am

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  3. Wow, what a great idea!

    Comment by Baka — March 4, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  4. What a great idea! I have to ask though how did you get the inner tube on the bayonet ring? I know it has the lens release button in the way. I would love to do this to my 5n. Thanks.

    Comment by Adam — May 7, 2012 @ 12:32 am

  5. Hey Adam, I used large diameter MTB tubes, easy to stretch over lenses and the bayonet ring, it covers the release button but doesn’t interfere with its function

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 8, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  6. Awesome idea. I want to try to do this! Can you please tell me the exact width of the tube you used? I plan to order one but I want to make sure I get it right on the first try.

    Comment by steve — August 1, 2012 @ 2:24 am

  7. Hi Steve, I used a standard 2.1 tube

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 1, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

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