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12-14-2010, 11:35 AM   #46
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You can buy those generic pinch caps at most of the major photography stores, yes. They'll cost you though. B&H had them the last time I checked. I bought a couple a while back to get ones for a lens that came with none.

12-15-2010, 08:10 PM   #47
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steinback Quote
Put it in my pocket. Haven't lost one in 15+ years, 6+ bodies and 20+ lenses across several different formats and systems.
I wish I had your luck, I've lost 4 of them this year!
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I wish I had your luck, I've lost 4 of them this year!
NP. Buy yourself a full set of cheap non-genuine caps, the absolute cheapest most useless ill-fitting wrong coloured smelly gangrenous rubbish you can find.

Murphy's Law will then guarantee that you'll never lose one anymore.

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12-16-2010, 01:53 AM   #49
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I sympathize completely: I lose about one a month. They are not THAT cheap either.

Pants pocket would work, except when I forget to do it, or take it out again when my camera isn't around and put it down somewhere. Being a scatterbrain is tough!

I got the sort with strings attached for my most used lenses. It works, at least I lose those less often!

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12-16-2010, 12:08 PM   #51
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I just bought a 72mm center pinch cap off ebay for $1.99 with free shipping from hadeedo. He carries several sizes. It seems to be well built and stays on better than the original Promaster lens cap.

Lens Cap snap-on center pinch 72mm EXTRA STRONG DESIGN - eBay (item 390264868559 end time Dec-22-10 11:22:58 PST)

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The retainers made of elastic material that attach around the lens with a sticky end the size of a dime, that adheres to the cap, available at any camera shop are great if you tend to change lenses quickly and have many. They insure the right cap goes on the proper lens after the shot is captured. I tend to place my lenses carefully but quickly on for e. g. my vehicle seats while photographing.
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Front left pocket.

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Front left pocket.
Same here, plus I hardly even use them anymore:

Most of my lenses sit in a cabinet, with the caps laying all over the place.

And when I'm out shooting with my small bag and I have a few lenses, I always have the hoods on them and place them front glass down.
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The centre pinch caps are very good but the plastic tabs tend to be rather smooth and slippery. It is too bad they aren't moulded with horizontal ridges.
However, gluing a strip of medium sandpaper to the tabs makes them much easier to use.



Are any of you old enough to remember when all men's pants always came with a watch pocket in the waistband?

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QuoteOriginally posted by mickeyobe Quote
Are any of you old enough to remember when all men's pants always came with a watch pocket in the waistband?
I am thrilled to say--NO! I don't remember THAT at all!

But that's about all I'm not old enough to remember.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mickeyobe Quote

Are any of you old enough to remember when all men's pants always came with a watch pocket in the waistband?
Well I wouldn't say one would need to be 'old' to know things like that, or perhaps I might be showing my age in responding to this?

Yep you're right, it was called a "fob watch" pocket (in my cultural corner of the planet anyway). Those classic watches were restained by a chain for which there was often a dedicated small button too on men's apparel, to attach its tether. The chain and the usually inner-sewn non-visible pocket served to avoid snatch & grab theft too. Watches were pretty expensive at the time, and very much a necessity, unlike today with near-unavoidable ubiquitous clocks ruling our lives.

Also, jeans to this day still sport a small inner right-side pocket, presumably for small coins? Or is it a continuance of the fob (watch) pocket tradition too? Mssrs Davis & Strauss did design jeans back in the late 1800s and the classic, trad-style is still maintained (on some brands anyway).

Also men's trousers, not just dress ones either, were also typically fitted with six buttons to the inner waistband, 2 sets of 2 at front and one pair at back -- in case the young whipper-snappers here don't know, they were for attaching "braces".
(especially helpful for early lifestyle-obesity problems!)

OT. Hats for men (blokes, of all status and classes), were standard fare back when too, I've actually adopted wearing a hat now not just because of bitey sunburn, it helps shade the viewfinder and allows me to see the silly LCD a bit easier in sunny weather! (and matches my walking stick too in a way which doubles as impromptu monopod - for the total suave camera-toting-geriatric look!)

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10 pinch caps for <$1.50 each
PENTAX K 10 CAPS REAR, BODY, 49MM LENS CAP BUYER SELECT - eBay (item 400172120652 end time Nov-20-10 09:53:03 PST)

I've gotten good use out of them. I have caps with leashes (they came with them)and those without. I'll say this about the ones with leashes - I haven't lost either of them.
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I'm surprised to read that so many people use (front) caps. I assumed almost everybody would only use a rear cap, and carry the lenses with the front facing down.

That does present a problem with longer lenses where they won't fit in a bag with the hood attached. I think I'd be tempted to permanently mount a filter for those cases, although I'm not sure how a filter (particularly multicoated) would do literally grinding on somewhat course bag material. I supposed one of the super-tough multicoated models might work, but they're very expensive.

Using a lens cap just doesn't seem to be a practical option. It's just too much work, particularly if you have only one camera body and are changing lenses constantly.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
I'm surprised to read that so many people use (front) caps. I assumed almost everybody would only use a rear cap, and carry the lenses with the front facing down.

That does present a problem with longer lenses where they won't fit in a bag with the hood attached. I think I'd be tempted to permanently mount a filter for those cases, although I'm not sure how a filter (particularly multicoated) would do literally grinding on somewhat course bag material. I supposed one of the super-tough multicoated models might work, but they're very expensive.

Using a lens cap just doesn't seem to be a practical option. It's just too much work, particularly if you have only one camera body and are changing lenses constantly.

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Not sure how you get away from caps. Without them something is getting scratched - either the front element of the lens or the filter you put in front of the front element. Caps are an easy solution to that issue and not costly if you don't care who sends it to you. Why wouldn't one use caps?
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