Differences between Genuine Sony Lens Caps

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by rdfisch, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    I know this sounds like (and maybe is) a boring topic, but it is of significance to me and I am a little surprised that I could not find anything when I searched before posting.

    Through some purchases/trades I have owned 6 SEL lenses using the 49mm filter/cap over the last 18 months (but am down to 3 now). All of the lens caps appear to be genuine Sony, and appear very similar, yet one is slightly different and, for me, much easier to use. The easy one has a protruding ridge on the inner "pinch-to-release" slider ... the others have no ridge. For me, the one with the ridge provides a very positive feel (I far prefer to use the inner grips when removing the cap) and the ones without the ridge I find a bit "slippery" when squeezing, resulting in some scary fumbling (so much so that I have to use the outer grips). I freely admit to having a minor hand coordination issues, but I have no problem with the ridged cap ... it really is a big difference for me.

    Unfortunately, I have no idea which lens came with the ridged cap, nor if this has to do with the model of lens or the date/place of manufacture.

    Surely others have noticed this difference ... am I the only one that cares ?

    TIA to anyone that could shed some light on the matter, or better yet steer me to a source to buy genuine Sony "ridged" caps.

    The lenses in question (in approximate order of acquisition) are:

    Silver SEL1855 (unknown origin)
    Another Silver SEL1855 (Thailand)
    SEL16F28 (unknown origin)
    SEL24F18Z (Japan)
    Black SEL1855 (Japan)
    SEL35F18 (China)
     
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    I replaced my Sony caps for 2 reasons- 1) they're expensive to replace (and I tend to drop/lose them), and 2) they are hard to manipulate. I picked up some generic caps off ebay (sorry, don't remember the vendor) and you should be able to find something that will work for you.

    Mine look like this:
    caps.

    You can see how much farther the generic cap grip area protudes above the surface of the cap than the Sony cap.
     

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  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    I actually like the standard Sony caps, they're not as loose as the generic ones from ebay (although some may prefer the loose feel as it's easier to get on and off fast). The worst cap from a standard E-Mount lens I have is the one from the 12mm Touit. I don't know why Zeiss isn't able to build a solid lens cap, but I need to repair this thing regularly - the plastic grippy pieces simply get stuck at one side or the other.
     
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  4. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    Phew ... I'm glad I'm not the only one. Personally I find the non-ridged Sony very hard to manipulate and the ridged version much less difficult.

    Next time I'm in NY, I will stop by B&H and hopefully feel/try a few generics, but I would be very happy to find a source for the ridged Sony ones.

    I found another slight difference to distinguish the 2 Sony caps - on the inside the slashed zero in front of "49mm" is small on the non-ridged model and the same height as "49" on the ridged model. sonycaps.
     
  5. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    Lens caps are not just important to protect your lens, they are part of your system that you interact with constantly. It would be nice for the manufacturers to realize this and put just as much thought into the design as the rest. It's like saying "hello" (and "goodbye") to your camera each time you take it off (and put it on), and I would like it to have the same tactile goodness as the rest of the kit. I miss the good old days of metal with a felt gasket (talking about feeling good and taking it off fast), but I suppose the new-fangled plastic one's stay on better. Maybe I'll start hunting around for some oldies that will fit over the filter.
     
  6. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    Bimjo, does your generic cap fit on OK if using the hood (in either the stowed or hooded mode) ?

    I seem to remember one of the SEL's I bought on eBay came with a generic cap that was a problem in that regard.
     
  7. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    I have to make sure I get it all the way on, but yes it works with the hoods in either position on my SEL1855 & SEL55210.
     
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  8. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    I actually stopped using lens caps a while ago. I just throw in the camera and lenses (with hoods) in my camera bag. One less step to do every time I change a lens or take my camera out. Saves quite a bit of time.
     
  9. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    FWIW, I just bought a new SEL55210 in black and it came with my preferred "ridgy" cap.
     
  10. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

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    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
    Markus
    I like the generic caps more for there better finger snaps to take on and off but all I've seen sit much too loose on the lens...
    So I stuck with the Sonys on my SELs' but my new Sigma 60mm has a much better cap that's solid, easy to use with good grip on the lens.
    And by the way for the statistics: All my SELs (4) came with the slippery lens cap, haven't seen another version yet...
     
  11. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    The sigma art lens caps are awesome, you can squish from the outside or pinch in the middle, either way is fine and they fit great. Really excellent build quality too (cant believe I am even posting in here! how sad are we lol)

    I dont really use them though, like Poki I just have hoods now, when it comes to shooting professionally faffing with caps will slow you down a ton.....

    Except this one :p its awesome :D

    13913156390_878ebf680e_b. best lens cap ever! by Mathieu Decodts, on Flickr


    I always use it for pro shoots, it announces I have brought the big glass to the shoot (canon fd 55mm f1.2)
     
  12. Tabibito

    Tabibito TalkEmount Regular

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    Apr 1, 2013
    I have the 'slippery' one with my SEL18-55, while my SEL35 has the one with protruding edges on the inner section. I think all the newer lenses have this kind of cap now.

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  13. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    This I find is true with mine.
    I ended up switching mine around...now the 30mm Macro & 20mm f/2.8 has the non-ridge ones and the 35mm f/1.8 & 55-210 has the "better" ones.
    My SEL35F18 came with the "slippery" one....
    Since both the 20mm & 30mm has the same lens hoods, it's much easier to just pinch the outside to put on & take off.

    I find that adding a filter on the front of the lens also helps.