Schneider Optik FujiFilm X30 Lens Cover Solution
If, like me, you’re a tad anal about your cameras (especially the lens!), you’ll undoubtedly have been looking for a decent lens cap solution for your X30. The first thing you’ll probably have done is purchase the LHF-X20 hood and filter kit. As well as shading the lens, both the filter and the hood provide adequate protection for the lens when out and about but I also worry about loose bits and pieces in my bag scraping against the filter and rendering it useless. I’d also prefer the filter to not be covered with dust and particles every time I go to shoot with it so a lens cover would seem like a sensible solution. Unfortunately, FujiFilm don’t provide a cap for their hood so once again you’re left to your own devices to find one.
If you’re into photography you’re probably a fairly ‘visual’ person and like me, you’ll prefer your camera to look ‘right’, so just chucking any old 60mm cap on the front isn’t going to suffice. When I ordered the Gariz half case I also ordered the leather Capfix. My idea was to find an old cap and cover the front with it. I dredged eBay and finally found a nice looking lens cap in near mint condition, made by Schneider Optik. When it arrived I placed the Capfix over the front but it didn’t look at all right. The leather circle simply didn’t cover enough of the cap’s face and trying to line up the logo inside the little Capfix window was nigh on impossible. My solution was to use the Capfix inside the cap.. I pierced a hole in the side of the cap at 2 O’ Clock using a large heated needle. I then threaded the save cord through the hole and attached it to the split ring of the shoulder strap. The Capfix was then permanently attached to the inside of the cap and lo and behold I had my push on hood cap solution! Looks good, works well, job done!
As a quick update on this one: I found that when using the camera with the lens cap in place it sometimes slightly slipped on the one side. To solve this, glue two tiny strips of rubber (inner tube type) to the inside of the cap edge at 3 and 9 O’ Clock. They should be about 4x4mm and no more than 0.5mm thick. That does the trick nicely and the cap stays exactly where you seat it with no movement at all.