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lens cap keeper??

Tam Nguyen , Dec 27, 2008; 06:01 a.m.

Hey guys,
Currently I own a Nikon D80, which I'm extremely happy with. The only concern I have is where to keep the lens cap when you're taking picture. I've been trying to either hold it on my left hand, or put it in my pocket, which is really annoying becaue you don't know when you're done taking pictures. How do you guys solve this problem? Do you guys have a cap keeper? If yes, where do you buy those from? If no, how are you holding on to your cap?
This question apply to my 18-135mm and 50mm f1.8, and soon to be the Sigma 105mm macro.
Thanks in advance guys,


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Lex Jenkins , Dec 27, 2008; 06:54 a.m.

Some folks solve the problem by using a sort of lens cap leash. One end has an adhesive dot of plastic that attaches to the front of the lens cap. The leash is either wrapped around the lens barrel or strung through one of the eyelets for the camera neckstrap. I've used several versions of those leashes. Almost invariably they get in the way when I'm working quickly.

Usually I just put the lens cap in a shirt or pants pocket. Sometimes in the camera bag. Depends on what's handy. Depends on the situation. When shooting events I leave the cap off the entire time. So far I've lost very few, if any, original lens caps.

Hans Janssen , Dec 27, 2008; 07:07 a.m.

When my camera is out of the back, there is no lens cap on the lens(when there is no reason to keep the cap on f.i. rain.

Mike W , Dec 27, 2008; 08:17 a.m.

Mine is in my pocket, I find the leash cumbersome especially when the wind blows.

Dan Brown , Dec 27, 2008; 09:36 a.m.

I keep my lens caps in the box the lens came with, along with the soft case and all the warranty papers. etc. Therefore, all my lens caps are in LNIB condition ;-) I protect the front element by keeping the lens hood in place at all times, and use a bit of common sense.

Matt Laur , Dec 27, 2008; 10:02 a.m.

Those cap keepers drive me nuts. But since I'm a guy, and rarely wear slinky cocktail dresses, I've pretty much always got a pocket. And every bag, pack, or camera holster I've got has at least one little stretchy external mesh pocket for low-profile items. I also forgo three extra Grande Half-Caffe Skim Lattes per calendar year so that I can afford... a couple of spare lens caps! Front and rear. Under really dire circumstances, when the fate of Freedom And Democracy is at stake, I'll even (caution, delicate readers!) get out the caps that shipped with my Sigma lenses.

Nicholas Andre , Dec 27, 2008; 10:13 a.m.

cap keeper. they get lost in pockets. I have had a few fail in death valley, but they work pretty well.

Edward Ingold , Dec 27, 2008; 10:30 a.m.

Why keep the lens cap on when you're carrying the camera? If you need more protection, use a clear (or UV) filter and (always) a lens hood. Use the cap only in the bag, where the lens is much more likely to be damaged in contact with other items, and leave the cap in the bag when you take the camera out.

Lil Judd , Dec 27, 2008; 11:10 a.m.

I really felt I needed one for the 14-24 & my 10,5mm Fisheye cause they have very large lens caps. So I bought some on eBay.
Well, already day one the cap failed on the 14-24. The lens cap is simply too big & heavy for the keeper to hold. So I'm back to pockets. The keepers only look silly & they're in my way. Not to mention that it looks silly to have the lens cap dangling under the camera.
Pocket, Pockets, & more pockets. :-)
Lil :-)

Errol Young - Toronto, ON, CA , Dec 27, 2008; 11:54 a.m.

I use sticky velcro strips that stick to parts of my camera bag

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