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October 31, 2011

Black DIY Lens skins for your Sony Alpha Nex Lenses

Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 10:06 pm

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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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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