DSLRs Aren’t the Most Convenient Cameras
I’ve been into photography since I was pretty young. I think I started taking pictures when I was about 8 or 9. The first camera I remember using was my parents’ 110 film camera. It was a cheap neon rectangle that would fit one long film cartridge, a lot like this. Remember those?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I would never trade my DSLR for one of these little plastic film cameras, but you have to admit, they had more than just nostalgia going for them. Those pocket cameras could be taken with you anywhere. A lot like today’s smartphone.
That’s something you lose with a modern DLSR. They’re big, bulky, heavy and BREAKABLE. So I have to weigh my options when I decide to bring it along on trips or out with the family. Do I really want to lug around a camera bag? Can I really make it through a whole day with this thing around my neck? Will it be ok if I throw it in a tote bag or purse?
None of these options really worked for me. My first inclination is to put it in my bag and head out, but then the camera gets jostled around and the camera lens cap falls off. This leaves my lens totally unprotected and prone to scratches or dust, which can show up in my photos.
That’s why I started taping my lens cap on…which I hated. *deep sigh*
When you’re heading to a photoshoot or blogger event and you have to pull out that camera covered in tape…it doesn’t look professional. Not to mention that after the tape has been on my camera, everything sticks to it afterward. The sides of the lens are sticky, dust and debris are everywhere and it just plain feels gross. #relatable
A Lens Cap That Won’t Fall Off
I finally got the point a few months ago where I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I started looking for long-term options. I searched Amazon and Google and didn’t see any promising results. I gave up and figured I would come back to it later. *ugh*
Luckily, a couple of weeks ago I saw something that triggered this thought again and I decided to search a little deeper. After several searches with a variety of different terms, I finally found something. It was called a “screw-on lens cap,” which I also saw being called a “filter stack cap.” Who knew? *throws up arms*
Ok, so I figured it out. This was the solution that would fix all of my problems. I really don’t know how I didn’t figure this out sooner, except that I never visit camera shops anymore…or else I probably would have seen it there. *hard eye-roll*
So if you’re like me and you do most of your shopping online, here’s one thing you can do to completely fix this problem…and it only cost me $8!
Watch the video below to see it in action.
Where to Buy a Screw-On Lens Cap
Here’s the link to the one that I bought on Google through Adorama. It’s made by ProOptic.
If you want to buy it straight from Adorama, you can do that here.
And you can also find one on Amazon here and here. And don’t forget to pick up a lens cap leash. If you’re like me, you probably set things in weird places where you might never find them again. I do this a lot during food photoshoots (puro chaos!).
Just make sure you get the RIGHT SIZE for your lens. My lens is 58mm, so that’s the size I got and it fits perfectly.
If you’re not sure what your lens size is, you can usually look on the inside of your current lens cap. You can also check your camera owner’s manual, the box your lens came in or simply refer to this handy guide.
Have you ever struggled with lens caps that fall off and don’t stay securely fastened on your camera lens? What was your solution to this problem?