I have three different lenses for my Sony Nex-6, and I’m always worried I’ll lose the caps. They usually end up living in my bag or at home just so I don’t leave them somewhere by accident. I briefly considered those keepers that have an elastic loop on one end & a sticky circle on the other, but they don’t really get great reviews so I never bought one. After losing a cap earlier this year, one lens is always cap-less, and therefore left home so I don’t scratch it. I finally got around to ordering a replacement cap (quick note: it fits the Sony 50mm, but not the Sony 16mm), and noticed that it has a built-in hole that a cord can be looped through. After some quick brainstorming, I used items I had in the house to DIY my own lens keeper & it was SUPER easy!
|1⁄16 and 1⁄8 Drill Bits|
|Scunci No Slip Grip elastics|
I drilled two holes in one side of each cap, in a place where it wouldn’t affect the mechanism. I used the cotton twine to loop through the two holes, and tied a knot on the top of the cap. I didn’t want a huge knot on the inside where it could affect how the cap attached to the lens. I tied the other end around a hair elastic, then trimmed the ends. The elastics are the perfect size to snugly fit around the lens body, and the no-slip-grip part keeps it securely in place without glue or anything like that. I used the 1/8 bit for the 49mm cap that fits on the 19mm lens, and the 1/16 bit for the 40.5mm cap that fits on the 16-50mm lens. Told you – easy!