Lens cap quandary

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by pdh, May 7, 2012.

  1. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Having lost yet another lens cap today, I've been wondering how best to manage this irritating problem.

    I had a spark of inspiration, and the best solution by far seems to be to superglue them to the lens.

    So far I can't really think of any downsides, but before I embark on an evening's glueing, can anyone suggest an alternative?
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    it doesn't look cool, but a piece of velcro on the front of cap and another on the bottom side of the camera or the ubiquitous lens cap strap (also not very good looking). A UV filter and going capless or stocking up on cheapo made in China lens caps and just not worrying about losing them anymore are the only ideas I have....short of the glueing.
  3. greyelm

    greyelm All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
  4. Michael Meissner

    Michael Meissner New Member

    I tend to hate lens leashes for the lens cap, but I find them invaluable for the lens hoods, since I've taken my lens hoods off and put them back on many times, they don't always stay attached when I just have the camera slung over my shoulder.

    In terms of keeping lens caps, there are few products out there to address this issue:

    I bought the Lens Cap Strap holder during its initial kickstarter phase. I personally don't use it, because I've gone to narrower straps (Domke gripper) that it wouldn't fit on. There is also the issue whether the sizes match the lenses you use: The Lens Cap Strap Holder

    Hufa has a clip that holds the cap on your strap. I don't have any experience with this: hufa Home

    OPtech/USA has the fast cap: OP/TECH USA Fast Cap and filter cap: OP/TECH USA Filter Cap. If you carry a filter, you could store the lens cap on the filter or in the filter compartment in this holder: OP/TECH USA Filter Pack

    The alternative that I tend to use, is just buy a couple of generic lens caps with a center pinch in the appropriate size, and when you lose it, just get the next one. You don't have have a lens cap that advertises what brand of lens you shoot with.

    For my smaller micro 4/3rds lenses (Panasonic 20mm, Olympus 14-42mm), I have 3rd party metal lens hoods, and I just keep the cap at home.
  5. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Flashpoint CapKeeper 2 (Model CK-2) Lens Cap Leash (1) FPCL2

    One side wraps the lens, the other sticks to the cap. I've also seen what Michael said above with the Photojojo strap cap holder.

    The Hufa seems interesting but maybe a chip bag clip would be just as effective? Me-- I pocket the caps. One went through the wash but other than that I haven't lost any yet. I keep losing my eyecup though. Had to tape that on.

    As for my lens hoods, I bracelet them. My hands/wrists are small enough to wear them when I am not using them. Interestingly, those don't go through the wash.
  6. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Back pocket of jeans, cargo pocket of hiking breeks, chest pocket of Barbour jacket.
  7. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    well all fine suggestions.
    the latest loss was 'cause it fell off the front of the lens ... push-on 36mm od, not easy to come by ...
  8. +1 for pockets. I never go out without having something with pockets. All other solutions have failed, for me.
  9. HRMMMMM....

    I have no solution for falling off, except replacements, if its a non-standard size. :p
  10. Michael Meissner

    Michael Meissner New Member

    DIYphotography soda bottle lens cap

    Well there is always the put something else on as a lens cap, as this post from diyphotography.net shows, where the poster lost the lens cap for his Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens, and used the bottom of a soda bottle: Object Of Desire - 10.5mm Lens Cap | DIYPhotography.net
  11. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    I have a couple of pentax ones - piece of cord "stuck" to the lens cap and then attached to body of lens - (4) small pieces of black velcro used - cord stuck to velcro with (as you suggest), superglue

    cord can always be easily remove - just separate the small velcro pads on cap and lens

    you can then use the same piece of cord on another lens which has velcro "fittings"
  12. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    I only use my lens caps when I store the lens, so if out shooing, I leave the lens cap in my pocket until I put the lens away, if I am shooting by the ocean I add a MC UV filter to my lens