Fuji Lens caps

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Patrick T. Kelly
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Fuji Lens caps
Apr 5, 2014

I am new to Fuji and have only two lenses for my X-E1. It came with an 18-55 and the first day I was out shooting the Fuji lens cap fell off three times. I went to some good photo stores in Oaxaca and the third one had a decent 58mm lens cap. Actually, they had two so I bought both.

I am compulsive about using the lens cap. I stroll and shoot in the streets of Oaxaca and if I'm not taking a picture I always have the lens cap on. In only takes a second to pop it off to take a phone.

Putting it back on takes longer and then it sometimes isn't on securely. The little thingies you push to release the lens cap stick out so it it brushes against your sleeve or a passing bush the lens cap can fall off.

I got the 27mm lens, with the 39mm lens cap, and lost it within the first hour. I went straight downtown and discovered there isn't a 39mm lens cap in Oaxaca. I checked B&H and they don't have many, less than a half-dozen, and the best of the bunch looks to be Fuji which is, in my opinion, terrible.

I wish Fuji, especially for the tiny lens cap, had a better designed cap for the lens. If I get another Fuji 39mm I plan on using my Dremel tool to buff off the wings that seem to be designed to make the cap fall off the lens. Without the wings it would be a decent center-pinch lens.

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Patrick T. Kelly
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Al Valentino
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In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 5, 2014

I use Bower pinch caps on my fuji lenses as i had the same problem and use them the same way you described. Got mine from BH for about $4 or close to it a year ago.  They have been perfect

Fuji Silver XE1 w/14, 35, 18-55, 55-200, Rokinon 8mm Fisheye & Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro

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Red Boar
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In reply to Al Valentino, Apr 5, 2014

Fully agree...wonderful (and expensive) lenses with crummy lens caps.

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Mike in Kansas
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In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 5, 2014

It's been reported by some that they've put a step up ring on the 27mm to step it up to a more common size.  However, depending on the dimensions of the step up ring, it can interfere with the len's focusing, so in that case they have taken a cheap 39mm filter and removed the glass in order to make a spacer, and THEN they've put on the step up ring.  Others have mounted a screw on hood and just put a lens cap in that.

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In reply to Red Boar, Apr 5, 2014

I own 7 fuji lenses and all of the caps suck.

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In reply to Al Valentino, Apr 5, 2014

Al Valentino wrote:

I use Bower pinch caps on my fuji lenses as i had the same problem and use them the same way you described. Got mine from BH for about $4 or close to it a year ago. They have been perfect

Fuji Silver XE1 w/14, 35, 18-55, 55-200, Rokinon 8mm Fisheye & Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro

+1 on the Bower lens caps. I bought several after seeing Al's comments in another thread. They are great. They have the same issue with the tabs sticking out, but I have seen that as a problem. They lock onto the lens much more securely than the Fuji caps. I'm not sue they make a 39mm size. Check B&H, Adorama and Amazon. I think they all sell the Bower lens caps.

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In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 5, 2014

I have two of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Center-Pinch-Cover-18-70mm-lenses/dp/B006MXT0B4

and both of them are much better than the original one. The leash is optional; I happen to like it.

You can probably find a better price that this if you spend some time...

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Londongal
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In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 5, 2014

Lensmate has some good caps. You can remove the tether.  Haven't found a 72mm on their site, but they have 52mm; 58mm & 62mm.

http://www.lensmateonline.com/store/fujifilmX-E1.php

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Ray Sachs
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I replace them all with Tamron caps
In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 5, 2014

Tamron makes great lens caps that can be pinched in the center or at the edges, but they lock securely, you KNOW when they lock on, and they NEVER come off accidentally. Usually anywhere from $5-10 depending on size.

I'm sure there are others, but those work really well for me...

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Bill Robb
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In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 5, 2014

I feel your pain. I come to Fuji from Pentax, which has the best lens caps ever. The Fuji lens caps are a real disappointment after the felt lines press on caps that Pentax provides for it's lenses.

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In reply to Patrick T. Kelly, Apr 6, 2014

The Fuji lens caps are a total disappointment and inconsistent with the quality of the lenses. Please Fuji, make a better quality lens cap! I replaced all the Fuji's with Nikon pinch caps. Still haven't found a decent 39 mm as Nikon does not make that size.

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In reply to adventure_photo, Apr 7, 2014

I understand that the front caps need replacement.  Do the rear caps and body caps also need replacement?  If so, what sizes for each, please?

Back to the rear caps.  I saw a product advertised for Nikon and Canon concerning their rear caps.  It was replacement rear caps with the lens model or FL painted on the cap so that you could pull the right lens out easily.  (It wouldn't hurt to have good replacement front caps so marked as well.)  Has anyone seen this or have a suggestion on how to mark caps neatly for Fuji lenses?  (There's a small business opportunity here for someone, IMO.)

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CrabbyGuy wrote:

I understand that the front caps need replacement. Do the rear caps and body caps also need replacement? If so, what sizes for each, please?

Back to the rear caps. I saw a product advertised for Nikon and Canon concerning their rear caps. It was replacement rear caps with the lens model or FL painted on the cap so that you could pull the right lens out easily. (It wouldn't hurt to have good replacement front caps so marked as well.) Has anyone seen this or have a suggestion on how to mark caps neatly for Fuji lenses? (There's a small business opportunity here for someone, IMO.)

Buy a cheap label maker. Once you have one, you'l find a bazillion uses for it all around the house. Besides labeling the rear cap for easy identification in the bag, I label all of my batteries so I can cycle through them as they are used. That way I don't have a couple that get all the use, and others that lay unused for weeks or months. If you're like me, you have a bath tub load of battery chargers for every device imaginable. Label them. No more confusion about what charger goes with what device. I'd be lost without a label maker.

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In reply to CrabbyGuy, Apr 7, 2014

CrabbyGuy wrote:

I understand that the front caps need replacement. Do the rear caps and body caps also need replacement?

In my opinion, yes, the rear caps need replacement. The Fuji rear caps do not tighten securely enough to stay in place when the lens is being transported in a camera bag.  That was my biggest aggravation with my Fuji lenses on a recent trip.  I replaced all Fuji rear caps with JJC caps, JJC being frequently recommended by people on this forum. The JJC rear caps tighten properly and stay on the lens. Much better than the Fuji supplied ones.

My fav local bricks and mortar store carries JJC, so I purchased there.  B&H doesn't carry them, you can check Amazon & ebay.  I can't comment on the body cap because I've not had need to use it.

Cheers!

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