This guy pranked his camera-newbie friend into asking BestBuy to show him how to remove a lens cap

Jun 17, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Jun 17, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

What makes this conversation particularly funny, though, aside from the “relief” friend feels when he believes his request isn’t that unusual, is that the prankster tells DIYP that his friend did indeed actually go to Best Buy with the camera to ask them to remove the lens cap for him. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any follow-up screenshots of the conversation after that happened.

Something which he’s never let his friend forget.

What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on a photography noob?

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “This guy pranked his camera-newbie friend into asking BestBuy to show him how to remove a lens cap”

  1. Anthony Kerstens Avatar
    Anthony Kerstens

    With friends like that who needs a**holes.

  2. lewisfrancis Avatar
    lewisfrancis

    Ha, ha. I did something similar when I couldn’t figure out how my brand new original iMac CD-ROM drive worked, and I didn’t have a hangover I could blame it on.

    Up to that point every CD drive I had ever seen was the tray type where you just dropped the CD in the tray and that was that, but the then new iMac used laptop CD drives, which required a certain amount of force for the spindle to properly socket the CD. This was also about the time when Apple quit providing printed documentation, so having no clues, scratching my head and admitting defeat, I had to be the guy who took the computer back to have them show me how to slightly press down and lock-in the CD.

  3. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    I got a client who rented a 100-400 Canon lens. It was his choice and I just delivered this order.
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    Later, he called me to know how to zoom with this push pull lens.

  4. Tony Cao Avatar
    Tony Cao

    honestly i dont believe this is real, if his friend took off lens caps like 100 times before, and now all of a sudden cant take off a canon lens cap, makes me wonder how legitimate is it…..it’s not like there’s 100 ways to take it off, as far as i know everyone has the same design, and looking at his picture of canon, that’s like the most basic type.