Camouflage texture on wildlife lens covers seem pretty popular. I get that the covers can be great to protect the lens from dents and scratches as well as to protect the hands of thephotographer from a cold barrel.
However I'm not convinced that it helps at all in camouflaging the lens so that the photographer is less likely to be noticed by animals. In my very limited experience in wildlife photography, the animals don't seem to care about the lens barrel itself. They rather seem to react to reflections from the front element and general movement.
Is there any benefit at all of having the camouflage texture or is this just a marketing trick taking advantage of the gulliblity among certain people that are attracted to anything that allude to military stuff.
Looking for answers on the Internet seem to indicate (but not entirely conclusively) that the camouflage is rather useless: , , . If you can I'd be happy if you provide a good source if you know the answer.