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    Hi, i have tried to search the web and the forum on how to gaff your lens, but up till now, there are limited, close to nothing, guides. Please help, because i got a feeling that my sigma is gonna peel soon!
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    If your lens is going to peel, the paint will definitely come off when you remove the gaffe tape. so, you might want to consider whether to permanently gaffe the lens since you won't able to take it off once you have put it on.
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    Yes, i am gonna permanently put the gaffing tape on, since it's 2.8, i dont see myself changing it anytime soon. Do you happen to know how to gaff the lens?
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    I really need to know guys. A little help here pls.
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    not much specific techniques. Just buy the proper gaffer tapes (apollo?) so that it doesn't leave a sticky residue. Just tear/cut the gaffer tape to the correct width and stick awaay!
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    I don't think there's any specific way to gaffer your lens/equipment...

    I believe there's basically 2 reasons people wanna gaffer:
    1. Protection
    2. Concealment

    Either way, I think as long as it covers your original coating can already right? Of course, leave movable parts movable (cut thinner strips or something), and don't gaffer over buttons (unless you can memorize which button does what) and dials (otherwise you can't turn). It's really not rocket science, is it? At least, not to me. =P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strawhat Photography View Post
    Hi, i have tried to search the web and the forum on how to gaff your lens, but up till now, there are limited, close to nothing, guides. Please help, because i got a feeling that my sigma is gonna peel soon!
    Ok, what i do is that i use a ruler and rotate around the barrel of the lens that isn't enlarging or getting smaller. then find the length of it around the lens, and find the width of that section. take out the gaffer, paste on a cutting board or smt and use a pen knife to cut the rectangle and go and paste it back on.

    Those sections that are somewhat slanted cannot use the same method, cause there will be 'wrinkles'. don look nice. I find the length of the thicker end, find the length of the smaller end, and find its difference. then u find the width of it, and cut a length of gaffer with its width. then you are going to cut like 6 pieces of trapeziums, the (smaller side)*6 = thinner barrel, (longer side)*6 = thicker barrel. You can cut anyway you want, and take those piece and paste it on.

    voala, done.
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    Sounds like a tough job. I rem someone in the forum does it for a fee. Maybe the TS can ask around?

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    I gaffer my lenses to measure quite precisely (see below). Unfortunately, now is not a good time or I'd do it if you provide tape.

    24-70 on camera is gaffered

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    I gaffer my lenses to measure quite precisely (see below). Unfortunately, now is not a good time or I'd do it if you provide tape.

    24-70 on camera is gaffered
    Nice! really nice, but i have seen gaffered hoods with camo preents which is darn pretty. They seemed flawless.

    Quote Originally Posted by karnage View Post
    I don't think there's any specific way to gaffer your lens/equipment...

    I believe there's basically 2 reasons people wanna gaffer:
    1. Protection
    2. Concealment

    Either way, I think as long as it covers your original coating can already right? Of course, leave movable parts movable (cut thinner strips or something), and don't gaffer over buttons (unless you can memorize which button does what) and dials (otherwise you can't turn). It's really not rocket science, is it? At least, not to me. =P
    I want my lenses to look good plus extra protection, i know i sound damn superficial. Hahaha!

    Quote Originally Posted by ricleo View Post
    not much specific techniques. Just buy the proper gaffer tapes (apollo?) so that it doesn't leave a sticky residue. Just tear/cut the gaffer tape to the correct width and stick awaay!
    It's hard when you have petals hood.

    Quote Originally Posted by agentxq49 View Post
    Ok, what i do is that i use a ruler and rotate around the barrel of the lens that isn't enlarging or getting smaller. then find the length of it around the lens, and find the width of that section. take out the gaffer, paste on a cutting board or smt and use a pen knife to cut the rectangle and go and paste it back on.

    Those sections that are somewhat slanted cannot use the same method, cause there will be 'wrinkles'. don look nice. I find the length of the thicker end, find the length of the smaller end, and find its difference. then u find the width of it, and cut a length of gaffer with its width. then you are going to cut like 6 pieces of trapeziums, the (smaller side)*6 = thinner barrel, (longer side)*6 = thicker barrel. You can cut anyway you want, and take those piece and paste it on.

    voala, done.
    O.m.g, you sound really alien.

    Quote Originally Posted by KY1977 View Post
    Sounds like a tough job. I rem someone in the forum does it for a fee. Maybe the TS can ask around?
    Tried, i can't find. Hopefully they see this thread
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    who is selling gaffer tape in CS? I want to buy a roll

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    who is selling gaffer tape in CS? I want to buy a roll
    MO section. henessy is selling still I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimePhotog View Post
    MO section. henessy is selling still I think...
    tx dude!

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    Hey i hope this helps, i stumbled upon it recently...

    http://reviews.davidleetong.com/?p=844

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    Nice, anyone gaffer on their grip of the camera... my old DSLR rubber texture grip is peeling off... Does the gaffer tape provide a reasonable grip feel?

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