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DIY Lens Cap Clip Keeps Your Lens Cap Safe

Keep your camera lens cap close at hand with this simple and dirt cheap DIY lens cap clip.

If you’re frequently jamming your camera lens in your pocket or otherwise seperating it from your camera, this simple DIY hack will keep your lens with your camera by safely clipping it on your camera strap. Sean Michael Ragan, the tinker behind the hack, writes:

Inspired by The Nice Clip’s recent successful Kickstarter, I modified the lens cap for my Canon SX10 by sticking a small lapel clip to it with Loctite-brand outdoor mounting tape (chosen over regular double-sided foam tape for additional strength). The lapel clip was a junk box find, removed from the cord on a freebie wired headset that came bundled with a long-dead cell phone. The metal clip on one of those clear vinyl ID badge holders would also probably work.

Who knew that the eventual use for the old wired headsets we have cluttering up the parts bin in our workshop would be securing lens caps? And they said we’d never find a use for that old Jabra headset.

Lens Cap Clip Mod [SMRagan.com via DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/7/11

Comments (3)

  1. Usman

    I have something that’s cheap, looks (and performs) kinda like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Zeikos-ZE-LCH1-Lens-Cap-Keeper/dp/B001PKY2J4
    (this particular item has negative reviews, cited only for example, mine works fine!)

  2. KatMcCon

    Great idea. I’m going to try to attach metal clip from badge holder using a hot glue gun.

  3. wardog

    hmm. Read this, Thought of how had a cap in old film days. It had a springy cord hooked to camera one end and other end was a dime sized plastic circle glued to the cap. Worked ok enough to never lose cap.
    But for digital camera cap works fine to thread the small black cloth hand strap thru a black blinder clip from office or Staple. A small clip will hold cap yet allow for one-handed removal by just pulling on cap and slides out of clip’s grasp. Small clip doesn’t prevent use of safety strap or tear up the cap. Only drag is having to cradle camera so have two hands free to attach cap. No go in a fast
    shoot. But if have feeling going to be in a rush just stick cap in pocket or hand as usual. For extended shooting you’d want cap out of the way anyway so pocket safest.

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