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Apr 01, 2017 03:00 as a reply to  @ post 18316372 |  #16

Good idea, but I think it would slip off the raised swich panel. Perhaps sticking velcro pads on would work - though I'm not madly keen on potentially damaging the lens allbeit cosmetically. Also would obscure focus distance window (perhaps I don't really look at that!).


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Apr 01, 2017 03:17 as a reply to  @ post 18316337 |  #17

Tony,

In principle you are right, but on a number of occasions I reach for the camera and shoot to find AF was off, and IS can be off for a while before I notice. I spoils the idea of a rapid camera strap if you have to check settings every time you go fotr the camera.


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Apr 01, 2017 14:57 |  #18

A simple wide rubber band would work! I know they do come wider than this 1/4", but even this seems to be workable and it does not slide that readily. I rarely if ever bother looking at the pathetic distance scales of typical AF lenses, so it does not bother me that the window is hidden by the rubber band.

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Apr 01, 2017 15:42 |  #19

Try some masking tape. Is tape here...don't get too fancy and technical, fyi... :)


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Apr 03, 2017 12:12 |  #20

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Try some masking tape. Is tape here...don't get too fancy and technical, fyi... :)

Why masking tape instead of gaffer's tape? Wont the adhesive on masking tape leave an unwanted residue, and/or kind of melt when in heat, and then the unwanted adhesive residue on the lens attracts and holds dirt and fine debris? Sheesh! Seems like gaffer's tape would be so much better.

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Apr 03, 2017 12:49 |  #21

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Why masking tape instead of gaffer's tape? Wont the adhesive on masking tape leave an unwanted residue, and/or kind of melt when in heat, and then the unwanted adhesive residue on the lens attracts and holds dirt and fine debris? Sheesh! Seems like gaffer's tape would be so much better.

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Generally I find it is Gaffer tape that leaves a sticky residue behind when it is either removed, or eventually gets old, tired, dried out and falls off. Masking tape on the other hand was developed by 3M as a special low tack adhesive tape for use in the automotive paint spraying industry. It's whole purpose was to be easily removable, without either leaving a residue or lifting the new paint, so that different areas could be easily masked off. Apparently the brand name that was used for this new product was Scotch, which was used as a derogatory term by some of 3M's customers in the area of the US the company was from. The clear tape that now also bears the Scotch branding was a later development, introduced for sealing clear plastic bags, but was made redundant by the advent of heat sealing systems, before it could actually get into production. The clear tape did though prove popular for many other applications. Clear Scotch tape has a stronger more permanent adhesive than the original paper based masking tape.

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Apr 03, 2017 13:40 |  #22

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18318372 (external link)
Why masking tape instead of gaffer's tape? Wont the adhesive on masking tape leave an unwanted residue, and/or kind of melt when in heat, and then the unwanted adhesive residue on the lens attracts and holds dirt and fine debris? Sheesh! Seems like gaffer's tape would be so much better.

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They are cheaper and easier to find. Try your local Staples. The 3M blue one is nice. No residues. In fact, I use the blue one to tape my medium format negatives when doing my DSLR scanning. For the graffe tape? I couldn't find them locally. One place close by that sells them is Micro Center. $20 for a big roll.


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Apr 04, 2017 23:51 |  #23

Yeah the blue masking tape is the one that doesn't leave residue.....but then again, it doesn't stick as well as the 'regular' masking tape. If there is pressure and rubbing against the blue masking tape it tends to come off rather easily. It seems that everything is a compromise of one sort or another.

And yeah, I wouldn't expect to find gaffers tape locally - it's one of those thing that you order online and then it shows up in your mailbox a few days later.


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Apr 05, 2017 10:48 |  #24

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18319815 (external link)
Yeah the blue masking tape is the one that doesn't leave residue.....but then again, it doesn't stick as well as the 'regular' masking tape. If there is pressure and rubbing against the blue masking tape it tends to come off rather easily. It seems that everything is a compromise of one sort or another.

And yeah, I wouldn't expect to find gaffers tape locally - it's one of those thing that you order online and then it shows up in your mailbox a few days later.


I find it odd that in the US you cannot easily buy a roll of gaffer tape. here in the UK they have rolls of unbranded gaffer tape in just about every "Pound" store, as well as most larger supermarket branches. That is on top of all of the large DIY centers, and all the little hardware stores, well the ones that are still left anyway. There are stores that sell gaffer tape in pretty much all the major villages around here, and by that I mean the villages that have shops! I am in what passes for a very rural area here in the UK.

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I find it odd that in the US you cannot easily buy a roll of gaffer tape. here in the UK they have rolls of unbranded gaffer tape in just about every "Pound" store, as well as most larger supermarket branches. That is on top of all of the large DIY centers, and all the little hardware stores, well the ones that are still left anyway. There are stores that sell gaffer tape in pretty much all the major villages around here, and by that I mean the villages that have shops! I am in what passes for a very rural area here in the UK.

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It appears to be geographically different. I am in CA, and ordinary hardware stores in the SF Bay area (population: >7 million) called 'Orchard Supply Hardware' carry gaffer tape. But, it sounds that it is still not as common even in the SF Bay area stores as in your locale!


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Apr 05, 2017 12:57 |  #26

I bought a big roll of gaffer tape at some expense - the real stuff that is not supposed to leave marks and deposits.

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I am from UK and most shops dell duct tape which comes in many qualities. It is very stick and leaves marks.
Masking tape is only intended for very temporary use - long term it tends to dry up and leave marks - even the blue stuff.

BTW the gaffer tape is not staying attached to my neoprene :(


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Apr 13, 2017 15:26 |  #27

MK II

Found a velcro strap that fits almost perfectly. Added (sewed on) a bit of neoprene in the switch area and a bit of strapping to lift the buckle so it doesn't touch rthe zoom ring.

Seems nice and solid - will have to try it out now.


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Apr 16, 2017 15:06 |  #28

Worked well on a few miles walking near Dell Quay. :)


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