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I lost one of the lens caps that I got with my digital SLR camera so I was keen to replace it as quickly as I could.
I like to keep my belongings in good condition and I wanted to protect the lens from dust or damage.
~ Price and availability ~
I found this Canon E-58 lens cap on Amazon.co.uk where I paid around £5.00 for it. I thought that was a bit pricey for what you get and I later found you can buy them on ebay for £1.00.
I ordered one from ebay as well in case I lose another one, but I found that it wasn’t a real Canon product when it arrived even though it had their logo on the front.
I can tell the difference between the two because all of the colour on the ‘Canon Ultrasonic’ written across the front has scratched off.
~ In use ~
To use the lens cap you simply hold either side of it and push the sides together to release or apply the cap. It is very easy to remove or replace and I find the bits you push in on either side are not stiff, but on the fake lens cap more effort is required to push these in as they are quite stiff.
The lens cap is to be used on lenses with a 58mm filter size. It fits two out of three of my Canon lenses.
I am pleased with the job that the lens cap does. It stops dust getting onto my lens, which is something I hate the idea of because to get the dust off you either end up with finger marks on the lens or smear marks if you’ve used a cloth. It also helps protect it from scratches.
I use a filter on my camera, which is just a single piece of glass that you thread onto the end of your lens. I mainly use it to protect the lens further. When I went on holiday last year I don’t remember my camera suffering any impact at all, but when my partner pointed the camera at me there was a big crack in the glass of the filter on the front. The lens cap must have been on the lens when it got damaged and it did not protect the filter from cracking, but the lens cap is not really designed to protect from impact and the crack could have been caused by a gentle knock if it was screwed on too tightly or something. It’s difficult to know what happened when we are unaware of any impact, but the point is the lens cap isn’t going to protect your camera from all damage.