[quote author=trojdor link=topic=10731.
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!
Finally, an answer to my question! See, it is not that hard...
By the way, please don't treat my like I am a 19 year old who just did his first job as a pro! I have 25 years of experience as a press photographer, so your comments about " learning from my mistakes" and "probably damaged more equipment than you owned" are highly unappopriate, wouldn't you agree?
I just launched my question (sorry to hear by the way you thought it was a bit too forward for your taste) because I wanted to hear from amat..., non- professionals (see, now you got me insecure about my spelling) why on earth they insist on using lens caps, when they have a tendency to 'over protect' their gear with filters, pouches and big camera bags while shooting peaceful landscapes, or fluffy animals in a zoo. That is not such a weird thing to wonder about, now is it?
Anyway, still looking forward to hearing from amateurs ;-) about the effects of not using lens caps (and tripping over wires, and dropping stuff doesn't count!)