Who uses lens caps for X sakes? I'm sure all amatures have a big fat 'what ever' filter screwed to the front of their lens, so why the lens cap? To prevent aspeck o dut ever to invade your precious piee of glass? God forbid. No, seriously, who uses these, and why? Anybody ever had his / her lens damaged because the lens cap wasn't on? Very interested in your replies!
I find your comment rather odd, so I'll try to answer:
1. I use lens caps front and back on all the lenses in my bag....as does every other pro I know.
2. I'm not an amateur (note spelling). I've been a professional photographer for over 30 years.
3. Dust doesn't 'get in' a lens from the front element.
4. I don't typically use filters, but depend on the hood to keep the lens from getting scratched or damaged in use.
5. Disclaimer: I've got an old 24-70 L assembled on a 7D kept in a fast bag with just the hood and no cap, but that's mainly because I lost the cap and have just been too lazy to replace it.
In short, seriously, do you really not use lens caps for your lenses? I suppose you leave the camera bodies open, with no body cap, as well? Thrown all together in a plastic grocery bag, maybe?
Thanks for the English lesson! I'll be extra careful next post.
No, seriously not all here are native English speakers! So please try to control yourself...
Anyway, all the working professionals I know put there lens hoods on (plenty of protection), and 'throw' their lenses in their bag when 'changing' (and, yes, usually WiTHOUT cap on the back end!) Some of us actually see lenses and bodies as tools, i.e. pieces of equipment designed to be used and, if necessary, abused.
Control myself? Wow. If sarcasm were an artform, you are truly aspiring to greatness.
On the other hand, if you are not a native English speaker, then I do sincerely apologize for correcting your spelling.
Like you, I also see my gear as tools...my living depends on them. That's why I can't risk damaging them!
I was taught to take care of my tools. You may not have been.
As a professional, I've broken many lenses...and bodies...usually due to my own carelessness. Probably more than you've owned. Most were damaged from dropping, but yes, if you do this long enough, I've damaged front elements on expensive lenses when the lens cap popped off, or I was just lazy and didn't put the cap on.
I've watched a Mamiya RZ67 bounce across a floor. I've seen one of my Hasselblads shatter into thousands of pieces when dropped onto concrete. Twice I've watched two fully loaded Nikons atop tripods fall to the floor in pieces when I tripped over the sync cords. And yes, I've heard the screech as hardware such as a film back scraped across the unprotected front element of lenses.
It has cost me many thousands in repair bills, but I try to learn from my mistakes. If I allow a $3,000 lens to be destroyed on a shoot I charge $3,000 for, my net profit is zero. That's just bad business.
I humbly suggest you learn from my mistakes, otherwise you'll eventually learn it the way I did.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT!