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 Post subject: Are lens caps important?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:32 pm 
Are they more important to wide angle lens or telephoto lens?

The lens cap of my Zuiko 70-300mm is kinda annoying and I wonder if it's a good idea to leave it unattached.

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Tony


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:42 pm 
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I think they are equally important on all lenses. Personally I tend to leave the caps off when I'm using the lens (even on standby), but put it back for storage after use.

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When I'm running around trying to capture something nice I always mount the lens-shade and remove the lens-cap UNLESS I'm working in rain or spray from the sea.
As soon as my camera is switched of, the lens-cap comes back on.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:54 pm 
Sorry I actually meant lens hood.. I think I need more coffee....

With the lens hood attached my 70-300mm would become too long to be put into the Lowepro Topload Zoom bag.

Any new thoughts?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:28 pm 
if you live in a fantasy world where nothing can go wrong...


...no they're not important.


...but if you live on earth- you should probably put it on there unless you're about to snap a pic.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:40 pm 
I live on earth :D

But I will need a new bag :(


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:50 pm 
You could just hang it over the shoulder? ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:07 pm 
I leave my lens hood on for most, if not all shots. It can really help sometimes.

Regarding the bag issue: Can you remove the lens hood? If so, then just remove it or place it backwards on your lens, and put it in your bag. It doesn't need to go into the bag with it on.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:41 pm 
chickenflavoredchips wrote:
With the lens hood attached my 70-300mm would become too long to be put into the Lowepro Topload Zoom bag.

Any new thoughts?


Reverse the lens hood. :!:

Mark


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:47 am 
Reversing the lens hood seems the way to go.

I find the neck strap quite annoying that's why I prefer to put the camera back in the bag while not using it. To take the lens hood off the 70-300mm, I have to rotate it to the 300mm end first. I think it's a design flaw as I don't have to do it with my 14-54mm.

Thanks for the feedbacks!

Cheers,
Tony


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:21 am 
i found a neck strap annoying as well...

til someone walked by and knocked my expensive camera clean off my hands..

then the neck strap made alot of sense.

certain things on a camera are there for good purpose.

as far as lens hoods go...i attach one whenever possible as it's extra protection if a lens is dropped. a drop hitting the hood on the floor will cause damage to the hood- while a drop directly to the lens might shatter the glass or destroy the filter threads.


it's up to you...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:08 pm 
The camera is likely to fall lens down should it fall for whatever reason and the lens hood will reduce the chances of a smashed front element. It's also a convenient shade when shooting in light rain and let's not forget it's main purpose: to guard against flare.


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