Here Is A Clever System For Labeling Your Lens Caps, Body Caps And Rear Lens Caps

Oct 11, 2015

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Here Is A Clever System For Labeling Your Lens Caps, Body Caps And Rear Lens Caps

Oct 11, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Here is a quick question, how many lenses do you have? More than 1? Great. How do you match each lens with its front and rear lens caps?

I used to put the name of the lens on the cap with a tape (both on the front and the rear ends) but after watching this move from DSLR Video Shooter I think I am going to change to their method.

The problem is simple, if you have several lenses, they are all nice and neat when you start shooting, but by the end of the day, there are lens caps all over the place. Or if you are a bit neater, all the caps are accounted for, they just don’t match their lenses.

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The solution is simple, remove some info from each label: instead of writing the brand, focal length and max aperture, just write the lens filter thread, this automatically increases the cap-to-lens-match ratio. Of course, you would lose the ability to identify a lens by the label, but most lenses are different enough to tell them apart anyways.

The same goes for the back caps, Just put a small label to mark the brand: say ‘N’ for Nikon, ‘C’ for Canon and ‘FE’ for Sony FE. You get the idea.

Then you can go ahead and do the same for the body caps.

Of course, if you are shooting video on the lenses there is a good change that all your lenses are stepped up to 77mm anyways to save on filter and mounting adapters, which makes this even easier.

[How to Label Lens Caps | DSLR Video Shooter]

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14 responses to “Here Is A Clever System For Labeling Your Lens Caps, Body Caps And Rear Lens Caps”

  1. Joseph V. Avatar
    Joseph V.

    Did not know was an issue, I can tell what cap fits on where just by looking at it.

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      But we need another reason to use sticky tape on something. LOL If someone has been shooting for “six-ish years”, they should know the diff between a body cap and a lens cap. I would hope.

  2. Assaad Mouawad Avatar
    Assaad Mouawad

    wow useless

  3. Don Smith Avatar
    Don Smith

    Most people are shooting one system (Canon or Nikon, etc) and the end caps all fit all the lenses from any brand. For lens caps it is just a matter of the right size. All really very simple and not in need of “a system”.

    1. Assaad Mouawad Avatar
      Assaad Mouawad

      “a clever system” :P

    2. Matt Hudson Avatar
      Matt Hudson

      The only problem I have is the caps on my extender are slightly longer than usual. To keep track of this, I put the camera body cap + extender rear cap together in the camera bag, and the extender front cap + lens rear cap go in the telephoto bag.

  4. Cedric Avatar
    Cedric

    6:33 minutes of video to say : put stickers on your caps if you’re struggling with them.
    If one I day it happens to me I’ll first ask to myself if I really need all these lenses …

  5. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    well, as I usually only use one lens at a time, I usually only have one cap off at a time… ;-)

  6. Nicolas Racine Avatar
    Nicolas Racine

    If the size of the lens cap is written on the back already, why bother to put a piece of tape on the front? Honestly, I must not have enough lens; for me this has never been a problem. I take a lens, I keep the from cap in my left back pocket, and the body and back cap, I assemble together. When I have finished with the lens, I just put the caps back on.

  7. Sheri Belanger Avatar
    Sheri Belanger

    Lord love a duck. Lens cap? What’s a lens cap ? With the exception of a very few of my lenses — I “cap” the lens with a filter and leave the lens cap at home. Yup. I’m just reckless that way.

  8. Andrew Sharpe Avatar
    Andrew Sharpe

    I’ve never had this problem. I use 40-50 year old lenses that are all 49mm filter, and M42 mount. Every lens can use any other len’s cap and mount cap. Seems that the manufacturers forgot about this convenience along the way. And how many folks actually shoot Canon AND Nikon AND Sony?

  9. Jason Revell Avatar
    Jason Revell

    Never had a problem before but thought I’d try it out. I’ve labeled up my old body caps, Nikon (marked N) and Zenith (marked Z). I’m getting more confused now . . .

  10. Kaouthia Avatar
    Kaouthia

    If the diameter’s written on the back of the lens cap anyway, why do you need to bother putting a label on the front of it?

  11. Lorenzo Colloreta Avatar
    Lorenzo Colloreta

    Is this a prank. no, really? are you joking?
    Covering the CANON logo with a strip of tape with a C?

    Did you forget your vitamine or…?