GLUE THEM AND TRAVEL-and stick them in a pocket

GLUE THEM AND TRAVEL-and stick them in a pocket

For years and years photographers have come up with their own ideas to make everything photographic work better for THEM.

First, let’s take a step back into history.

Nikon made a bag called the FB8.  Like so many bags of the time it was made of fine leather and was designed with a sense of class and originality.

As you can see from the photo below, there was a fitted spot for your camera body and a metal plate in the bottom of the bag and mounted to that metal plate are three Nikon F lens mounts, which allowed for the attachment of three Nikon F lenses.  It had a flip over cover for working in the bag and two metal snap closures to seal the bag.   Of course it also had some outside storage for film, cable releases, etc.  The bag was a hard shelled rectangle.00Ta6C-141575884

Most bags today are soft, and many are very similar.  But known have a very rigid bottom and rigid side protection that would allow mounting the rear caps mounts into the bag securely.

It was a few years ago.  Maybe more than a few, as the older you get the more they jumble together sometimes, a photographer showed me his method for carrying extra lenses and that method over the years has stuck with me.

I do not recommend it for some of the very overweight or oversized zoom lenses but it is great for prime lenses as well small zooms or a combination of those.


caps-1The solution was simple.

Take two rear caps from the system you are using.  I would recommend using rear caps made for the manufacturer with their name on it.  Now that you have two similar caps, put them back to back but first TAKE SOME EPOXY OR SUPER GLUE and put that glue on the backs of these rear caps and stick them together.  Hold them for a few minutes and then let them sit over night.  I found that putting them in a vise type of device holds them tighter together for a better bond.When this process is completed you can now mount a lens on each side of the glued and bonded rear caps and shove them in a coat or vest pocket and have them at the ready when you need to change lenses.

A bit of a tangent will take me to telling you the vests I use.  Summertime, I use one made in Virginia called Big Pockets.  Price: $114.00 + Shipping

XXL: $124.00 + Shipping.  Two upper pockets on either side of the vest can hold lenses as large as a 70-200 2.8 and the vest will stay balanced.  There are lots of other pockets as well.  The other vest for cooler weather is the Bilingham.  But for $299.00 I cannot in my heart recommend it.  The best bang for the buck is the Domke Vest.  The Domke is made of a heavier material and is good for cooler weather. $104.00 to $109.00.

If you buy a vest be sure to buy one size larger than you think you need.  You could also just buy the Big Pockets and layer it in cooler weather.  It is my favorite vest over all.

I also use cargo pants a lot when out shooting and these stacked lenses fit nicely into the large pockets in those pants as well.

Back to the rear lens caps.  Please be sure that you put the two together making sure that they are properly aligned and please apply enough pressure for a couple of minutes

caps-1-2to get a good start on the bond.  Make sure the surfaces are clean and dry.

This has worked out great for ME.  Remember that you do this at your own risk and I do not take any responsibility  if things go south, like the caps coming apart.  If you follow the method described it should work out fine for you.

If you manage to also stick your fingers together, nail polish remover is the best way to get the glue off your hands.



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