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.
The lens cap first appeared on Japanese blog DC.Watch in November, and the first review was published earlier this month. The lens cap is unimaginatively named UNX-8595, but it’s a pretty unusual product. Basically, it’s a retro-looking thermo-hygrometer attached to the rear lens cap. Since it’s analog, you don’t need any batteries for it.
I guess it can be pretty useful to have it around unless you keep your gear in a humidity-proof case in the first place. This strange lens cap lets you monitor the conditions and make sure that your lenses are protected properly. The downside is that it’s two times thicker than a regular lens cap, so it takes up a bit more space. And it’s only available for Micro Four Thirds.
As for the price, it costs 1,980 yen ($18 USD) including tax in Japan, and it looks like it can only be bought online from retailers in Japan. But, if this strange lens cap arrives in the US and Europe – will you order it? Do you think it would be useful?