The comment about the lens hood actually has some merit, but for a totally different reason.
I use a lens hood on my EL-Nikkor 50. It has kept my fingers off the front element when I reached up to turn the aperture ring...but did not grab the lens quite right.
I hear you! Just today we cleaned the bottom glass of 29 enlarger lenses, and dusted off the top glass (19 enlargers, 5 with 3-lens turrets). Not all were dirty, though, so we did skip a few bottoms, but got all the tops. We did this three weeks ago, also.
Last week was checking the alignment on all of them (most were still good), the week before that was checking and cleaning condensers.
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
I don't think they were offered solely. You might try with the lens manufacturer.
But why? Those enlarger lernses are typically not carried around but stored at home or even at a darkroom. So any casing found at home might work.
Why not use a PE-box intended for the fridge/freezer? Glue with hotmelt some dividers into it and you got a customized dust-tight casing for several lenses.
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What I have observed is:
If the lens comes in a cardboard box it will have both front and rear caps.
If the lens comes in a screw in "jewel" case, it probably only has the front cap, as the rear is screwed into the jewel case. Then it is up to the buyer to buy a rear cap, if he wants one.
And all bets are off for used lenses.
Caps could be added or removed/lost.
If the lens is kept on the enlarger, there is a good chance that the caps will be lost.
In high school, when I carried my camera around ALL DAY, I rarely used a lens cap. And when I did use a lens cap, it got lost within a week, so I stopped buying caps.
Even now, when I go out to shoot, the lens cap is off the lens. The lens is not capped unless I have a reason to cap it.
I have 3 Omega lensboards with 50/80/135 respectively and rotate the 50 and 80 fairly often (have slowed down my 4x5 shooting recently)
Caps would be nice for these when they are in the box not in use. I do have then in sealable bubblewrap envelopes but caps would be nice also.
I agree with you. I need to get caps for the lenses that came in jewel cases. So when I remove the turret or lens board with the lenses on, I can protect the front and rear elements when I store it away.