i'll preface my post by saying that i personally would never wrap any of my equipment in carbon fiber vinyl, but i don't see any reason why people should be dissuaded from doing so if that's what they want.
Hogloff wrote in post #14688888
Baffles my mind why people care so much about how their equipment looks to other people.
who ever said it was for other people? i have an eccentric tick that led me to perform the time-consuming task of removing the red "DOMKE" labels from the sides of my camera bag. they bothered me, and i personally like the look of a completely black canvas bag.
it wasn't done for anyone else, and it certainly didn't benefit it's carrying abilities in any utilitarian way. i just like it this way, so i did it.
Hogloff wrote in post #14691552
Hygene and making your lens hood look cool are at different ends of the spectrum. I guess some people view their cameras as tools and some view them as some kind of status symbol of sorts. I know where I fit and it's ain't in the lens hood designer catagory.
you're really giving off a better-than-thou tone whether you intended on doing so or not. just because some people think a wrap would look cool on their own equipment doesn't mean you have to agree. the fact that you have different colored clothing, or drive a car other than something ultra-reliable and utilitarian like a honda civic (unless for practical purposes need something bigger or a truck).. you're lying to yourself if you think that nothing you do has ever been influenced by aesthetics.
how about your house? do you plant flowers outside, have anything other than white/beige walls, or have any artwork on your walls? before you jump on people for wanting to spend a couple dollars on customizing their possessions to their liking, you should ask yourself what you do that others can potentially find trivial.