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12-16-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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Dirt Cheap lens pouches

I don't know how good these are but after checking out the Pentax lens pouch prices on B&H, I almost had a heart attack. As far as I know they are not even leather. So I searched the web and found these: New Soft Neoprene Waterproof DSLR Camera Lens Bag Case - US$3.28 to me this all I need. Something to keep my lenses from scratching against each other in my bag. Maybe I can even stuff some tissue paper in there to keep my lenses safe from banging into each other. I purchase 4 small and 1 medium, I'll keep you posted.


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12-16-2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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You can expect that you will pay a premium price for cases with the Pentax name on the front. The same would be true for Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.. The cases for the Limiteds (particularly the FA flavor) are very expensive because they replace what came with expensive lenses. The more common cases are padded ballistic nylon with fold-over tops and are very well-made.

It looks like you found some good deals. The main issue with cases and online purchase is making sure they are sized properly. The Pentax cases may be matched to a Pentax lens. Most of my cases were found used in grab bags at a local camera shop and FWIW, my FA 77/1.8 Limited lives in an Olympus-brand pouch. The original that came with it is still in its protective bag in the box it came in.


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12-16-2014, 09:10 PM   #3
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Those neoprene lens cases have worked for me. I wouldn't call them waterproof, though. They're really dirt cheap on eBay. Mine say "Matin" on them.
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I bought a few of the neoprene bags a while back. I use them for my older M42 lenses and other stuff that I acquired without a bag. They do the job. I think they are good value. No point in paying more for the bag than you do for the lens!

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If you get caught short, a stubby cooler will work nicely for small primes.
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If you get caught short, a stubby cooler will work nicely for small primes.

But your beer would get warm. I think you need to re-assess your priorities!
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I bought set of four different size cases that look exactly like the ones in the first post. I paid $10 for them all, shipping included. They are actually surprisingly good quality.

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But your beer would get warm. I think you need to re-assess your priorities!

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I bought set of four different size cases that look exactly like the ones in the first post. I paid $10 for them all, shipping included. They are actually surprisingly good quality.

I have them also, very durable and nice to click onto a bag if you don't have room inside.
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Thanks for bringing these bags to our attention! Great, inexpensive way to protect our lenses! I'm going to order some, myself!
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My dirt cheap lens pouches came in the mail today. It took almost 2 weeks, but they are your finally here straight from China. They are a little bigger and thicker than I thought. The smaller ones hold lenses like the 35mm f2.8, or the 50mm f1.8 with plenty of room to spare. The middle size one can hold a lens like the 16-45mm with plenty of room to spare. They also have a little padding to them which comes in handy. They come with a drawstring that you could tighten and a plastic clip that you can clip on to your belt. I'm guessing the drawstring automatically disqualifies these bags as being waterproof, since water can sip in to that little hole where the perimeters of the pouch meet. Nevertheless, for the money they are not bad. I certainly would not give them to my dog to play with, but they look rugged enough. Now all I need is some labels so I don't have to guess which lens is in what pouch.
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