A while ago, the kind people at Hüfa (pronounced hoo-fa) sent me one of their lens cap holders.
One of the features I liked with my previous camera was that, for an emergency photo ("Quick! There's an elephant on a unicycle! I must photograph it now.") I could just whip the lens cap off and let it dangle by the cord connected to the camera. On a Nikon, there's no such cord.
So, if not using the Hüfa, what are the other options?
Put the lens cap in your pocket.
Keep it in your hand.
Put in on something.
Most options generally result in a brief, panicked, "Where's the lens cap?!"
Some days (mainly the days where I'm wandering around the house with the camera), that losing of the lens cap is not so brief.
Enter the alternative:
You can't keep the lens cap attached to the Hüfa if you want to put the lens cap back on. Did that even make sense?! You know what I mean. I'd love to have the option of just removing the lens cap and letting it hang, for those emergency photos.
It can get knocked off, apparently. That's what Mr Pippa says but it's never happened to me.
My lens cap doesn't go missing anymore.
You always have your lens cap to hand.
It's made of rubber so it grips the lens cap, rather than having to be a perfect fit.
Its main aim is to compensate for a missing feature on the camera (i.e., nowhere to secure the lens cap), so it does very well indeed. I love it. It's only recently, after getting used to relying on the Hüfa, when using Mr Pippa's Nikon (which is Hüfa-less) that I've really realised how necessary it is.
So, would you like a Hüfa? Those lovely Hüfa people have one up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment and I'll pick a name out of a hat. I'll announce the winner on the blog on Monday.
Ready, set, GO.