Three tips to never lose your lens caps again

Sep 29, 2016

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.

Three tips to never lose your lens caps again

Sep 29, 2016

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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Lens caps are probably the thing I used to lose the most often, until I quit bothering replacing them. If I have none to lose, then I can’t lose them, problem solved. Sometimes, though, having lens caps saves a lot of hassle. Lenses that I use often are regularly cleaned. But, for lenses that end up sitting on the shelf unused for several months, cleaning dust out of the front element can be a pain. So, I do still keep a few handy.

But if you want to stop losing your lens caps in the first place, what can you do? Well, this video from the guys at The Film Look on YouTube offers three tips to help make your lens caps more visible, organised, and easy to temporarily store while shooting without losing.

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Painting them bright orange is sure going to make them stand out if you accidentally leave one on the floor. As shown in the video, though, you do want to remember to not cover parts that rub together. If you’re using the paracord zipper tags, you can even colour coordinate.

Labelling the lens caps, so you know which goes on which lens can be a good idea if you have many different sizes of lens. I solved this by simply putting 77mm step-up rings on all my lenses that weren’t 77mm. My B+W 10 stop is 77mm, my circular polariser is 77mm, and the adapter ring for my Cokin Z-Pro holder is also 77mm. So, it made sense to buy step-ups for all my lenses that needed them. This means I only need 77mm lens caps.

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The velcro idea, though, is pretty genius. Virtually every camera bag out there has surfaces to which velcro can be applied. Most of them use velcro for the dividers within the bag. It allows you to quickly reconfigure your bag to whatever size body, lens or other gear you need to carry. So, it makes it very handy for something like this.

There are, of course, other options, like lens cap leashes, but I was never really all that keen on having my lens cap just dangling down below the camera. Having a strap around the lens barrel can also make it difficult to focus or zoom.

I don’t know if I’ll be painting or labelling my lens caps, but I think I’ll definitely be picking up a roll of velcro.

What other tips do you have for not losing lens caps or other equipment? Do you lose something more often than lens caps? Let us know in the comments.

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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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10 responses to “Three tips to never lose your lens caps again”

  1. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    I put the lens cap of the lens I am using into my right front pocket. Since I always wear pants while shooting and I haven’t lost my pants at any time I have ever been shooting I have never lost a lens cap.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Doesn’t always work for me while I’m shooting. I’m often nipple deep in a river or a lake, so they’re “safe” on the dry bank. But, they usually end up rolling off whatever I put them on when I forget they’re there, and then blend into the environment by the time I remember to look for them. :)

    2. Christoph Matz Avatar
      Christoph Matz

      I avoid to put lenscaps into the pockets of pants since they collect a lot of Dust…

      1. Stereo Reverb Avatar
        Stereo Reverb

        Any time you shoot, your lens will always be collecting dust (since it doesn’t have a lens cap on). Not putting a cap in your pants pocket is a moot point (Do you have that much dust in your pockets?) . :)

  2. phpic tures Avatar
    phpic tures

    my method:
    1. buy the cheapest uv filter for the lens.
    2. remove the filter glass.
    3. clean the (empty) filter frame.
    4. lay the cap on a flat surface (‘lens side up’) and screw on the filter frame.
    5. hot-glue the filter frame to the lenscap…let the excess hot liquid glue run into the lens cap
    6. leave for an hour MINIMUM to cool and harden.
    7. check (I use a steel ruler straight edge) that no glue will touch the lens – if there are areas, shave ’em off with a boxcutter.

    My lens caps are all ‘screw on – screw off’.
    No caps are lost getting knocked off when i’m moving in a crowd.

  3. Daniel R. Chang Acat Avatar
    Daniel R. Chang Acat

    Andrea Zavala Gibaja olle zi

  4. Jeff Grundman Avatar
    Jeff Grundman

    Isn’t this what back pockets are for?

  5. Sebastian Tröger Avatar
    Sebastian Tröger

    What happens when the inside of the bag is orange too? ??

    1. Robert Carr Avatar
      Robert Carr

      Best keep them black ?

  6. Dan Martin Maghiar Avatar
    Dan Martin Maghiar

    I always put the cap in my left pants pocket. Never lost one.