How do you keep track of your lens cap?

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crypie
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How do you keep track of your lens cap?
10 months ago

I have had my GM-1 for a little over a week and am very happy so far. I don't know if I have anything to contribute outside of the many reviews but one question I have and have not seen much talk about is how you keep track of your lens cap? They are so small and I have already had a couple of times where I had to keep looking around to find mine.

I know there are lots of lens cap systems out there so I'm curious what folks have decided to use for the smaller cameras like the GM-1.

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In reply to crypie, 10 months ago

I usually just put the cap in my pocket when I'm actively taking pictures.

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Heyseuss Hoolio wrote:

I usually just put the cap in my pocket when I'm actively taking pictures.

Same for me, there's more chance of dropping/losing it if you're taking it on/off all the time. Never lost a cap in my pocket in 30 years, although I've had a few go through the washing machine...

The UV filter is enough - I just clean them when required.

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Always in the same place.  Any lens cap.

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crypie wrote:

I have had my GM-1 for a little over a week and am very happy so far. I don't know if I have anything to contribute outside of the many reviews but one question I have and have not seen much talk about is how you keep track of your lens cap? They are so small and I have already had a couple of times where I had to keep looking around to find mine.

I know there are lots of lens cap systems out there so I'm curious what folks have decided to use for the smaller cameras like the GM-1.

Thanks

One of the very best gadgets for photography I have ever bought is a HOOcap. Google for it. The lens cap converts to a lens shade and back again at a touch. Well made. Brilliant concept. I use one on an RX1 where the Sony lens cap is a thing of genuine beauty. At well over $200 a lens cap, it needs to be a thing of beauty. I have enjoyed watching Leica owners jaws drop after they have seen and handled that cap. Now it stays at home on my shelf and I get real pleasure in just picking the thing up, but I wouldn't want to risk it by actually using it.

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crypie wrote:

I have had my GM-1 for a little over a week and am very happy so far. I don't know if I have anything to contribute outside of the many reviews but one question I have and have not seen much talk about is how you keep track of your lens cap? They are so small and I have already had a couple of times where I had to keep looking around to find mine.

I know there are lots of lens cap systems out there so I'm curious what folks have decided to use for the smaller cameras like the GM-1.

Thanks

B+W filter, then you'll never really need a cap since a B+W filter is relatively dust resistant and so easy to clean. The Digital Pro filters are silver colored, whereas the standard MRC ones are black.

If you do want a cap, you can buy a third party cap that has a lanyard attachment, then you can keep it hooked to the neck strap if you so please. Since most compact lenses for M43 cameras are 37mm or 46mm, you can use the same cap for many different lenses.

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take pictures, you then don't need a lens cap it just gets in the way

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Neat. Only m4/3rds lens they make one for seems to be the Panasonic 14-42.

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crypie wrote:

I have had my GM-1 for a little over a week and am very happy so far. I don't know if I have anything to contribute outside of the many reviews but one question I have and have not seen much talk about is how you keep track of your lens cap? They are so small and I have already had a couple of times where I had to keep looking around to find mine.

I know there are lots of lens cap systems out there so I'm curious what folks have decided to use for the smaller cameras like the GM-1.

Thanks

As others have said, put it in your pocket every time.

And, don't use one of those lens cap keepers which attach the cap and lens with a string. You are then risking an expensive camera in order to save a cheap lens cap.

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Back pocket, or cargo pocket, depends on pants.

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I put mine in my pocket, and occasionally (once) I drop it over the side of a jetty.

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Thanks for all the answers. Apparently, sometimes the simplest answer is the best - just put it in your pocket and don't worry about it

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Martin.au wrote:

I put mine in my pocket, and occasionally (once) I drop it over the side of a jetty.

My experience is similar - usually in my pocket, but sometimes I randomly drop it when I'm somewhere really inaccessible. Once off a boat, then most recently from the summit of Mount Ossa (Tasmania's highest mountain) where it went through a crack in the rock and must have fallen 1000ft

Which reminds me, I need to get a generic replacement. I'll probably get 3 while I'm at it (just in case) for half the price of an Olympus branded replacement.

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Martin.au wrote:

I put mine in my pocket, and occasionally (once) I drop it over the side of a jetty.

My experience is similar - usually in my pocket, but sometimes I randomly drop it when I'm somewhere really inaccessible. Once off a boat, then most recently from the summit of Mount Ossa (Tasmania's highest mountain) where it went through a crack in the rock and must have fallen 1000ft

Which reminds me, I need to get a generic replacement. I'll probably get 3 while I'm at it (just in case) for half the price of an Olympus branded replacement.

I took advantage of my misfortune to buy the shiny metal one for the 75mm.

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RoelHendrickx wrote:

Always in the same place. Any lens cap.

Me too. I thought this must have been too lazy and not advisable, but very glad to see more authoritative sources agree!

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Remove from lens, insert to pocket, repeat as needed.
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Haven't lost a cap in 20+ years.

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I have a drill press. So I drilled a small hole in the side of the cap. I have a tiny cord  securing the lens cap through the hole. The other end of the string attaches to the barrel of the lens and is secured by a zip tie (black to match the lens) that goes around the barrel of the lens. I usually use two hands to shoot, one on the right side to hold the camera and the second on the lens. The lens cap string is around my little finger as I zoom in or manually focus the camera.

Probably not for everyone, but works well for me.

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I put it in my pocket.

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Framer wrote:

Haven't lost a cap in 20+ years.

Showoff!!!

No, wait.

That's because you're supposed to take them off to take photos.

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There are just a few ways to solve the problem.

1. Attach to every lens cap a GPS transmitter

2. Write down in your notebook current location of the lens cap after you change location (keep location of the notebook in the in a separate notebook)

3. Buy a bag of lens caps with sizes that are relevant to your lenses. You lost the cap - you have a replacement right in your hand.

4. If you have a spouse, ask him/her to carry the cap. In this case you have someone to blame and bully if cap went missing.

This list can be continued by those who have a wealth of experience in tracking and capturing of fugitive caps.

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