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Canon lens caps join the 21st century!

By Matthew Saville on November 8th 2012

Lens caps usually don’t make headlines, especially on the same day as a new Canon “L” lens and the first-ever stabilized normal prime.  But I know there are a handful of Canon users out there who are shouting “FINALLY, CANON!”

In case you’re wondering what the big deal is; I’ll explain it-  The old lens cap design was horrible for use with a lens hood.  And over the past few years, every other manufacturer has updated their lens caps to a more modern, center-pinch design that is far easier to use when you have a hood on your lens.  Not just Nikon but also Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, …even the generic lens caps from Ebay are center-pinch!  So now, years late to the party, Canon has finally updated their lens caps.  Dear Canon engineers:  Congratulations, you did it!  It must have taken tons of R&D money, and many hours of stressful deadlines.  Or in  this case, I guess you had no deadlines whatsoever lol…

Of course, I jest.  This is the biggest non-deal-breaker in the history of Canon VS Nikon.  This will not affect your image sharpness at all, heck it probably won’t even protect your lens any better.  But at least now you can easily put on a lens cap while using a a lens hood.

For those of you who never put a hood on a lens in their life, either because you run in the UV filter crowd or because you’re just downright reckless, this may not be a big deal at all.  However to those of us who use hoods 99% of the time, even indoors, this is a huge deal.  Yay.  Can you tell how excited I am?

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  1. Ed Rhodes

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  3. Gerdie Hutomo

    my tamron lens cap still looks better

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  4. Shai Yammanee

    It is about time. I hate the idea of using such crap lens caps on my L series lenses. 
    It is a silly thing that I am so happy for this change. I can’t wait to replace my lens caps!

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  5. Po_C

    Best thing since sliced bread!

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  6. Nyaj Timautes Yaaj

    I think they are fine the way they are. We are just too anal about the details. What matters is that canon is the best camera makers out there. Canon not need to worry about such trivial detail. They need to concentrate on  making the 5D MKIV instead.

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    • Roy

       This is a big deal if you use lens hoods, put a lens hood on and i’m sure you will change your mind about the old caps being just fine

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  7. Scroller52

    awesome, they should call them L caps and add a red ring on it.

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