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Got a Gimball and want a Lenscoat…

Got a Gimball and want a lens coat to stop it getting scratched etc, then you could get one of these Lenscoats…

… they cost about £25 but they didn’t make one for my Gimball 🙁 So I bought a roll of Self Amalgamating Tape from Ebay for less than £3.00 and wrapped the Gimball in that….

…Self Amalgamating Tape is rubbery and ‘mainly’ sticks to itself so you should not have any problems removing it and it becomes water proof also.

OK it doesn’t look quite as nice but its much less bulky and in my opinion it certainly does the same job and MUCH cheaper also 🙂

Cold weather…

This winter I am going to photograph in very cold conditions, possibly down to minus 20 degrees C (hope its not that cold though) and I have been thinking of how to keep my camera batteries warm because they do not last very long in severe cold weather, I have come up with a plan which I hope will be a viable solution …YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, DON’T BLAME ME IF IT DOESN’T WORK AS PLANNED… I have a Canon 7D with batterygrip that I am going to try this out with, I plan to put just 1 battery in the grip and put a small chemical HANDWARMER in the place where the other battery should go and hope this keeps my battery warm enough to keep going when it would normally have stopped working because of the cold.

After I have tried this I will report back and say how it went, but don’t forget… …YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, DON’T BLAME ME IF IT DOESN’T WORK AS PLANNED…

UPDATE: This doesn’t seem to work, not with the handwarmers I have anyway, I think this may be because my handwarmers apparently need a bit of air flow (oxygen) to get/keep warm and there isn’t enough air flow within the batterygrip battery enclosure.

Replacement Lens Cap for Canon 500mm f4

Got a Canon 500mm f4 lens then you will have one of these, a  BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG lens cap like this…

I wanted something smaller and easier to get in a photo backpack, and now use one of these…

and this is the result…

I think most will agree that this is a much smaller and simpler solution than the official Canon Lens cap.  Where do I get one ?  Well the top of a 200 gram Gardman tub of Mealworms was my answer, and I could even feed the birds with the mealworms so it was a win win situation 🙂

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