How to make your 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens even more epically sexy than it already is!
On weddings and other shoots, the lens skin for my shorter zoom got me a lot of comments. Little flowergirls and grand-dads alike, will approach me at weddings to ask about it. Even on corporate shoots I’ve had people ask about it. It was an easy point for people to strike up a conversation with me. Part of it is that I think the lens and camera looks less menacing. With that, I decided to get a psychedelic set for my 70-200mm f2.8 zoom. If there was a lens that made people feel uncomfortable about having it pointed at them, it is this beast.
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Interestingly enough, this colorful lens-skin on the larger zoom received even more attention than the smaller lens had. And so far, everyone that I’ve met has commented favorably … except for one hardcore photo-journo that could barely suppress a smirk. Understandably perhaps. But then, he isn’t a client.
In a conversation with a female photographer friend of mine, she remarked how she thinks it is fine and quite amusing that I’d do this, but she absolutely can’t. As a woman photographer she felt she already had to deal with a credibility gap at times. A frivolous gesture like this colorful lens would just work against her image of being a serious photographer. This is a topic that received a lot of attention recently on another blog. Amusing then, and slightly ironic, that this is something that works for me in certain ways.
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(As an aside, this particular lens skin had an incorrectly shaped pattern for the lens hood, and I had to shape it properly with a pair of scissors. Disappointing then for the price.)
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