Switching lenses through the day


brett maxwell
Registered: Jan 07, 2007
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front caps, never, ever

rear caps on in my camera case (storage) but off in my shoulder bag when I'm shooting. the shoulder bag is padded on the bottom and I put a lens cloth at the bottom of each slot, so the rear of the lens is protected from impact and scratches.

Mitch W
Registered: Nov 18, 2009
Total Posts: 2931
Country: United States

all caps off, hoods on and filters off. Makes lens changes very, very fast using the TT Lens Changer 3 bag.

Registered: May 30, 2012
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I keep rear cap and hoods on throughout the day. I generally don't change lenses that much as the day unfolds, usually it's between 'events'

Registered: Apr 22, 2012
Total Posts: 428
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Rear and front caps off, no filters, no hoods (I use my hand for flare protection). All lenses go on my Steroid Belt in the Skin pouches. Only times I use caps are if I'm in a dusty environment like at a construction site.

Registered: Feb 01, 2011
Total Posts: 988
Country: United States

I store them with caps on, but once they come out for a shoot the hoods are on and caps are off. Sometimes I'll put a rear cap back on when switching. No filters.

Registered: Sep 25, 2009
Total Posts: 2487
Country: United States

no front caps except on my fisheye, have filters on everything that needs it....55 macro and 50 1.8 dont get them b/c the front elements are recessed so far.....lenses all live in my thinktank belt system, i even store some lenses ass end down in the pouch, mainly my 17-55, and used to be my 70-200 vr 1 till i sold it....i know it's risky pulling a lens out hood first, but i've never dropped one (knock on wood!!)

Registered: Oct 13, 2005
Total Posts: 9822
Country: United States

No caps on anything...I honestly couldn't even find my caps if I tried.

Registered: Dec 10, 2002
Total Posts: 3228
Country: Australia

I have rear caps on my Leica lenses. 2 reasons. Firstly I store my lenses in my belt system with two caps taped together because the lenses are so small. Secondly because the M9 is the greatest dust magnet of all time.

For my AF stuff I don't use caps during the day but have them in the bag for storage. Hoods are on all the time,


Joshua Gull
Registered: Nov 14, 2010
Total Posts: 348
Country: United States

No caps front or rear while shooting, just hoods up front. Rear caps back on when stored between shoots. I have no clue where most of my front caps are.

roland hale
Registered: Dec 17, 2012
Total Posts: 126
Country: United States

I have one lens cap for every three lenses I own. Meh. Just change the lens.

Registered: May 31, 2005
Total Posts: 8984
Country: United Kingdom

Tony Hoffer wrote:
People use those things?

Mine are all in a box somewhere.


Registered: Dec 04, 2009
Total Posts: 323
Country: United States

I like to store them with the lens caps on, seems neater to me.
while shooting I stash the caps until the end of the night.

Registered: May 03, 2006
Total Posts: 1068
Country: United States

I put a filter on each lens, so that the front cap is not needed in actions.

Back cap is always on when the lens is not used to keep the lens clean.

Once the photo shoot is done, then both lens caps are on to protect the lens.

Registered: Jul 07, 2012
Total Posts: 53
Country: Canada

Thanks for sharing. Hmm seems like I have to try living life more on the edge. Caps are coming off next weeking

Registered: Aug 17, 2005
Total Posts: 131
Country: United States

i only switch lens in between sessions
lens cap off with hood on

Ian Ivey
Registered: Mar 21, 2011
Total Posts: 1352
Country: United States

No caps. Rear caps when I pack up at the end of the shoot. Hoods on most of the time.

Registered: Mar 31, 2008
Total Posts: 400
Country: Romania

I keep all caps on while the lenses are in the bag for storage or transportation.

During the day, I have hoods, a filter or both on all my lenses:
14 2.8L II - no filter or rear cap
24-70 - just an UV filter (the hood is too big and obtrusive).
24 1.4 II - UV + hood
50 1.2L - hood (the filters create some flare that I am not too happy about)
100 macro: UV filter
135 2.0L : sometimes just UV filter (hood too big), sometimes hood + filter or for those times when I want some flare in the images without the circular reflections from the filter, I remove the filter.

I use a waist belt with some lens holders. Sometimes I have two cameras on me (one over the neck and one over my right shoulder). I have no rear caps for the lenses that go inside those. It usually takes me a few seconds to switch a lens.