If you own a lot of lenses and cameras, labeling them will make your life easier. Canadian company Field Made Co. is on a mission to make it happen, but also make labeling as stylish as possible. They produce stickers for camera bodies and Canon, Sony, Fuji, Nikon, and Sigma rear lens caps, and they’re as sleek as they can be.
It’s been a while since we heard about the Funleader 18mm f/8.0 cap lens. Launched last October through a well-backed Kickstarter campaign, this wide angle lens essentially just looks like a body cap for your camera. But it’s actually, as you might have guessed, an 18mm wide-angle lens.
Well, now the lenses have gone out to all of the Kickstarter backers and now it’s on general sale. Not only that, but as well as the original Sony E and Leica L mount flavours, it’s now also available for Nikon Z, Canon RF and Fuji X mounts, too.
Now, we’re not making any claims or suggestions about the average intelligence of Canon users here, but this is pretty hilarious. A photographer who shall remain nameless received a text from a friend of his who’d recently acquired a Canon DSLR, but somehow was struggling to remove the lens cap from the front of the lens.
We all have friends that are new to photography coming to us with the same simple questions, but this one is quite unusual. And while it may seem obvious to so many of us how to remove a simple lens cap, it wasn’t so obvious to his friend. After receiving the text, a pretty hilarious, but brief, exchange followed.
We all want to protect our precious gear from extreme conditions. Well, at least if we want it to live a long life and serve us well. And there’s a lens cap that can be your ally on this mission. It has a built-in hygrometer and thermometer to let you know if the humidity and temperature are too high for your lenses. And to be honest, it’s so weird that I just love it.
Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I stumbled upon a sponsored post for an interesting Kickstarter campaign promoting Funleader Cap Lens 18mm f/8.0. It’s a very slim, lightweight, and very cheap wide-angle lens. As the name says, it’s so slim, that it looks like a lens cap.
This is quite an interesting idea from Canon. I mean, photographers are often losing lens caps, especially if they shoot on location. You take off your cap, put it down somewhere, come back to it after shooting and suddenly, oh, where’s it gone? I’ve lost track of how many I’ve lost by now, to the point where I usually buy 5 at a time.
Canon’s new patent application (JP 2019-113645), though, describes a lens cap with a barndoor style configuration that allows you to open it up, shoot through it, and then close it again without having to take it off the lens at all.
Grey cards always seem to disappear when you need them the most, don’t they? There you are on a shoot, the lighting’s changed, you need to white balance, and where’s that damn grey card gone? Well, here to save the day is GRAYCAP. It’s a lens cap with a built-in grey card.
A friend who shall remain anonymous (for his own protection) shared this discussion he had with me. His friend, Jake Redacted, just bought a new camera. I suspect he’s never seen one of those new lens cap designs, where you “Pinch” the lens rather than push on its sides.
Obviously, pushing the sides of the lens cap will not help here, as it uses a different mechanism. But even if this is the first time you are seeing this type of lens cap, you have to be seriously drunk to not figure it out.
This, of course, was the perfect setup for the following discussion:
I really don’t know what to make of this one. It’s either a stroke of genius or absolutely ludicrous. I’m talking about Lenscapt, which is a new type of lenscap for DSLRs, mirrorless and other cameras. It’s being funded through Kickstarter and at first, I thought it seemed pretty daft. The Lenscapt precludes the use of lens hoods and some filter systems, but then I got thinking a little more about who could get some use out of it.
How many times have you lost a lens cap? It’s probably one of the most common items to lose, and KURVD is designed to protect your lenses and always be there. This universal, stretchy lens cap fits any lens, protects your lenses from moist and dirt, and unlike regular lens caps – it doesn’t fall off easily.