Simple Lens Cap Solution For Those Using A Fuji X100 With Hood
If you use the lens hood with your X100 you’ll likely have noticed that the supplied lens cap no longer works. The lens hood is 58mm at the open end and as far as I know a protective cap is not available. That’s something I’ve found annoying because, unlike with my DSLR lenses, I leave the lens hood permanently mounted to the X100. It’s possible to buy one of the standard Nikon style plastic lens caps with the pressure grip (have not yet seen a Fujifilm branded one) but the drawback with these is they add about 8mm on to end of the hood. If you’re like me and also use a 52mm filter in front of your lens then there is a very simple and cheap solution that will not add even a millimetre to your lens hood.. In days gone buy it was common practice to protect both filters and lenses with a screw-in metal cap. These caps are still available new today but can also be picked up for pennies on the auction sites.
If you use this solution you’ll want a lens cap keeper so you don’t keep losing it or have to store it in your pocket when removed. This is slightly problematic as there aren’t any holes or tabs in these metal caps. The solution is to pick up a Gariz leather lens cap keeper. These are made of good quality fine leather and attach using a strong 3M self-adhesive strip.
Once in place it made this old used $2 cap look pretty sharp!
Now just screw the cap into your filter and the front of the leather keeper will sit exactly in line with the front of your lens hood! The keeper and tab make it very easy to screw on and off.
This system works especially well, if like me, you’re throwing your X100 in and out of a bag all the time. Yes, the filter will protect the lens but if you’re using an expensive B&W or Nikon filter you won’t be wanting to scratch that any time soon, either and it’s always preferable to not have a dust covered filter when you’re about to shoot.
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