LensCoat - Your Friend In The Jungle
LensCoat make a range of FITTED sleeves for long lenses. These allow you to use these lenses in natural situations without giving or scaring the game away. In short - camouflage.
If you are a dedicated birder or animal photographer you probably have a range of strategies and accessories that let you get closer to your quarry - hides, camo covers, ghillie suits, face paint etc. You probably have a good Canon or Nikon camera and have invested in a long lens - but the long lens might be shiny black or worse - shiny white. Great to look at in the shop but a dead giveaway if the rest of you is carefully decked out to look like a compost heap.
LensCoat to the rescue. The camo cover you see on the Canon 500mm f:4 lens from our Rental department is a special kit - it is comprised of 5 separate neoprene tubes faced with the camouflage fabric that slide on and securely grip their respective rings on the lens. There is even a strip of self-adhesive material to cover the sides of the tripod foot ring.
The cover contributes a fair bit of protection to the outer casing of the lens and hides the white quite effectively. It may be removed, though the care that is used in the fitting means that most people will leave it attached. Might be a bit startling at a wedding to take the bride with something that looks like a stack of garden clippings, but then if you are taking wedding pictures with a 500mm you are an individualist anyway.
So you'll be right at home in the urban jungle as well...