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    Who makes the best replacement lens caps?

    I need some replacement lens caps, and I figure someone has to make a decent one. What's the best? I'm going to need a bunch in 77mm size.

    And not slip-ons - I've had too many issues with them falling off in hot weather (plastic expands and is no longer a tight fit).
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    I don't know about best, but I bought some of these in 49mm and they were good for the price:

    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/digital...non-77mm-24252
    f/22 and be there.

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    Wow - the price is certainly right. Does it hold well onto the lens?
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    These are inexpensive Chinese caps, but they work well and seem reasonably well made. They are the newer type that doesn’t easily get bumped off because there are no protruding “ears” when installed.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...r_CS77_CS77_77
    mm_Pro_Snap_On.html


    These are solid aluminum screw-in caps and give the best protection. The only downside is: friction with the metal cap could scuff the end of the lens barrel’s finish. I suppose that could be prevented by cutting out a thin paper washer to fit over the cap’s thread to insulate the end of the lens barrel from scuffing.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...919+4291432579

    On some of my big lenses I install a step-up ring and then place a metal screw-in cap on that.

    Using the step-up ring is especially useful with wide-angle lenses because it forces me to use larger diameter filters that don’t vignette if stacked.

    As an added bonus that places the cap even further from the surface of the front glass, potentially preventing disaster if something should strike the cap.

    I don’t use slip on caps at all. Their use eventually leads to scuffing the outside of the end of the barrel due to tiny abrasive particles that get trapped between the slip-on cap and the OD of the barrel.

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    This site has pretty much every accessory you might want including lens caps front and rear. There is a range of quality and of price so you'll likely find what you need.

    http://www.camerafilters.com/default.aspx
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    As a tangent on this topic, how does everyone feel about step-up rings? Is it worth going name brand over generic?
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    The inexpensive Chinese pinch-type caps I have purchased from eBay for my Rokkor lenses work well. The quality is good enough for me. But if you are looking for solid, high quality caps, nothing beats genuine Nikon pinch caps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grisez View Post
    The inexpensive Chinese pinch-type caps I have purchased from eBay for my Rokkor lenses work well. The quality is good enough for me. But if you are looking for solid, high quality caps, nothing beats genuine Nikon pinch caps.
    2nd the Nikon caps- the pinch feature makes them pretty secure, and easy to work with lens hoods, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bannow View Post
    As a tangent on this topic, how does everyone feel about step-up rings? Is it worth going name brand over generic?
    I have many, and prefer the Heliopan and B+W step-up and step-down rings because they are brass and don't bind nearly as easily as others. There's also a difference in flexing and binding between the Hoya, Tiffen, etc and the cheap no-name rings.

    KEH will sell you all kinds and sizes of used stepping rings at good prices under /Filters/Adapter Rings. Like that 49 - 43.5 (or 49 - 43) step-down ring you've been looking for.

    Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee L View Post
    I have many, and prefer the Heliopan and B+W step-up and step-down rings because they are brass and don't bind nearly as easily as others. There's also a difference in flexing and binding between the Hoya, Tiffen, etc and the cheap no-name rings.

    KEH will sell you all kinds and sizes of used stepping rings at good prices under /Filters/Adapter Rings. Like that 49 - 43.5 (or 49 - 43) step-down ring you've been looking for.

    Lee
    Heliopan makes the 52mm - 77mm I need, which is nice (B+W doesn't). I plan to leave the adapter on the lens and use a 77mm cap over the top. I am concerned about binding issues, since I will be using filters with it a lot.

    How have I gone this long without a 49mm to 43.5mm step-down ring? I should order 2!
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