What to Do When You Lose a Lens Cap – Filmmaking Tip

What to Do When You Lose a Lens Cap – Filmmaking Tip


You spent good money on your camera and lens, and you take care to protect it, but how do you protect your lens when you lose your lens cap? [lens cap hitting rock] [lens cap swishing through air quickly] [lens cap hitting rock] [lens cap swishing through air slower] [camera noises]
♪ [theme music builds] ♪ [zipper closes]
♪ [theme music builds] ♪ ♪ [theme music builds] ♪ [bag rustles]
♪ [theme music builds] ♪ ♪ [theme music builds] ♪ My name is Chris and I’m a filmmaker, and I’m here to help you tell stories. There’s several options if you lose a lens cap. while you’re out and about with your camera. ♪ ♪ ♪ Obviously, you’ll need to buy a new lens cap, but unless you lost it in the parking lot of the camera store, you’re going to have to make do until you can get another one. But even without a lens cap, you still have a few options to protect your lens in the meantime. [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ If you’ve thought about this ahead of time, and you’re prepared, you might have an extra lens cap in your camera bag. [rustling] [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ But that would be too easy. You could hold on to your camera and never set it down… [music stops] [grunt] [swish] ♪ [music swells] ♪ [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ You could make sure that your lens hood is on and hope that it keeps foreign objects at bay. [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ In an enclosed pouch or separate compartment of your camera bag this might be sufficient. But if you don’t have a second bag or your lens hood isn’t very deep this might not work. [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ A filter is a great option. Probably your best option, as long as it’s not an expensive filter. But, then again, an expensive filter is probably less expensive than an expensive lens. Or as a last resort, you could recycle. [swish] [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ A small bit of cardboard makes a great emergency lens cap. Corrugated is best because it’s thicker and more cushioned, but whatever you have is better than nothing protecting your lens. When cut to the right size, the pressure will keep it in place in the front of your lens, but if you lose it, you’re not out anything. You probably need to be careful, but in a pinch, it may just give you the peace of mind that you need. And as an added bonus, you can draw on it. ♪ ♪ ♪ So I actually knew someone who used a bit of cardboard as his daily lens cap, especially when he was outdoors. [click]
♪ ♪ ♪ So, that’s another option: just use the cardboard instead and leave the lens cap somewhere safe. ♪ ♪ ♪

2 thoughts on “What to Do When You Lose a Lens Cap – Filmmaking Tip”

  • Andrew M. Warner says:

    I dread losing my lens cap. I almost lost it by dropping the cap and it almost fell in the sewer but thankfully it didn't. That intro was uber dramatic.. great stuff. I'll try the cardboard lol

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