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Tip of the Month

October 2016
LensCoat LensHide

Previously I did a great review of Alan Murphy's bird photography ebooks and videos, and in those Alan talked about the LensCoat LensHide blinds. Soon after, I got one for myself, and I love it.

lThe blind has a velcro top slot for an external flash and a built-in, integrated storage pouch. This will sound stupid but I forgot the storage pouch was built in and I spent too much time looking around my shooting site for the pouch! Fortunately, the LensCoat website has a video on how to fold up the blind, which reminded me that the pouch was attached! Duh.

A velcro strap holds the blind in place on your head, although the blind is not heavy, and the weight is distributed over the lens and your shoulders, and chair back if you are using a chair. LensCoat has a short but very informative video that shows all the features, and the blind has several. It is well thought-out, and LensCoat is Scott Elowitz's company. Scott has produced some wonderful bird photography books, and his background as a shooter certainly is reflected in this blind.

The blind is extremely easy to set up as it only requires dropping over yourself, sticking your telephoto lens through the lens porthole, and adjusting the mesh net over your face for visibility.

bThe purpose of all blinds is to remain unseen, but remember, wildlife, and especially birds, react to motion. You'll definitely be hidden inside this blind, but since it drapes over you, and does not have an integrated frame (like a tent), if you're moving about you might be spotted and your subject may leave, or never come in. That doesn't mean you have to be frozen in place. I sometimes read when I'm inside a blind as I wait for a subject. Glancing up periodically I'll spot my subject (or hear it), and I'll get ready to shoot. I move slowly, tai-chi like, rather than making sudden movements, and by doing so I don't spook my subject.

bThere are three different versions - the original, a light weight model, and a water-proof version that is a bit taller than the preceding two models. As you can see from these illustrations, the blind blends in. One could, I suppose, use the blind while standing but I'd soon that too tiring, so I use my blind with a seat inside. Around the house, in my woods, placing a chair certainly isn't a problem as no transport is required, but if I were going afield, then I'd use a foldable camp stool with a back. Backless stools would work, of course, but over time you might find this tiring. I find a stool with a back best.

The standard blind sells for $119.99 and comes in Realtree Max4 and in Realtree AP Snow. The waterproof blind sells for $179.99. Although several on-line companies sell the blind, you can also order it directly from LensCoat. It is worth visiting their site for their other products, too!

While Christmas is still months away this blind would be the perfect Christmas present -- even if you have to buy it for yourself!


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Previous Tips, July 2009 onward


Converting Color to B&W
Using Extension Tubes with a Zoom Lens

Nature Photography Magazine

Photographing Lightning

Bataflae Photo Backpac
The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography

Essential Gear
for Safaris
Take our Digital Nature Photo Course FIRST!
GPS and Home Security

Range IR Camera Remote

Gitzo Monopod 5561T Monopod

Easy Macro with Extension Tubes and Zoom Lenses

FotoSharp Camou Rain Covers

Canon 17mm T/S Lens
Locking Button for the Canon 7D

NIK HDR Program

Silver Efex Pro for Black and White Images

Beware the DELL Software Solution Rip Off
How and What We Pack for Trips

Canon Digital Learning Center

The Movie Mode with the Canon Mark IV
Batch Renaming in Bridge and CS5
Alternate Uses of some Bogen Products

Hoodman Products

Using High ISO and Live View for Focusing in Dim Light

Art Print Scams for Hungry Photographers

Hungry Vultures ruin vehicles in the Everglades

Use a Short Lens for Depth of Field

Get Professional Help!

Mini-Molar Bag
Access America Trip Insurance
Bogen Base for Macro Work

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