I still remember the 3rd lens I have bought in my life is the Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6, bought during a backpacking trip in Australia, only to have lost the cap 3 days after, a Polish boy and a British marathoner whom I was with in the mini van was making fun of me as I covered the ultra-wide angle lens with cardboard paper and black tape for a quick fix.
Well, when the world gives you lemon, you make lemonade! Even when you have the access to buy a proper replacement, hell, isn’t it just more fun to make a cap on your own? Especially some lenses accept only their own uniquely shaped lens cap and could cost 25 USD for just a cap.
Here are 4 of the caps I made that are proven to be more reliable than how they looks:
Furniture leg tip for Tamron 50mm 2.8 C-mount
I found this lens in a old office drawer, in the same drawer different compartment I found this furniture leg tip rubber, just one of it. I assume that the previous owner used that thing as the cap.
2. Wilkin & Sons fruit jam bottle cap for Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Summitar 50mm F2
3. Ugly acrylic glue black cloth tape for Sigma 15mm 2.8 fisheye
I picked up this lens from a flea market for almost free, so as expected it didn’t come with a cap. I was eager to take the lens out for some shoot so I have to make something.
4. BMW 82mm emblem for Russian MИP-47K / MIR-47K 20mm 2.5
This is my second favorite cap next to the Leica jam bottle cap. My father drives a BMW, and after about 8 years the cap just degraded beyond recognize. Luckily, you can order the replacement from taobao/ebay, just google for the BMW 82mm emblem.
I took the degraded emblem down, and the size fits perfectly for the MNP-47k 20mm 2.5. This lens does not have an internal thread therefore I need a customized solution.
What’s the most unique lens cap you have seen before? What could be a cool lens cap solution? Please leave at the comments below if you have other feedbacks and suggestions!