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How the $100 LockCircle Camera Body Cap is Manufactured

Most people balked at the $100 price tag of LockCircle’s professional body cap when it was announced last month, but one thing is certain: manufacturing them is a lot more complicated than injecting some plastic into a mould. This behind-the-scenes video shows how the cap is crafted out of solid billett aluminum in 79 different steps. Ordinary plastic body caps should suffice for more DSLR owners, but perhaps the company will find customers among hardcore shooters who need the extra sealing for harsh environments.


 
  • http://damnuglyphotography.wordpress.com/ Brad Trent

    OMG…a 5-minute video that shows how to waste a perfectly good lump of aluminum! Maybe I missed the memo, but exactly who was crying out for a $100 body cap in the first place?!! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    I love the sound clip of a rifle being racked as the sound of a cover being locked onto the body LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1632512335 Matt Higby

    The music in this video is stupid. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1632512335 Matt Higby

    The music in this video is stupid. 

  • http://www.shutterphoto.net D. Travis North

    So the market for useless and expensive (marketing calls it ‘high end’) gear makes its way to the photography world?  I can’t fathom the concept of actually spending money on something like this.

    As for those photographers needing extra sealing in harsh environments – are they taking a lens off anyhow?  If the lens is already off…they can’t add a lens without the environment wreaking havoc, so the camera is useless.  It’s not like this thing has an IP (Ingress protection) rating.

  • http://www.shutterphoto.net D. Travis North

    So the market for useless and expensive (marketing calls it ‘high end’) gear makes its way to the photography world?  I can’t fathom the concept of actually spending money on something like this.

    As for those photographers needing extra sealing in harsh environments – are they taking a lens off anyhow?  If the lens is already off…they can’t add a lens without the environment wreaking havoc, so the camera is useless.  It’s not like this thing has an IP (Ingress protection) rating.

  • FRO

    Where is the real need for this nonsense? … I just hate this product!

  • FRO

    Where is the real need for this nonsense? … I just hate this product!

  • FRO

    Where is the real need for this nonsense? … I just hate this product!

  • FRO

    Where is the real need for this nonsense? … I just hate this product!

  • hellodeer .

    how dramatic……

  • hellodeer .

    how dramatic……

  • Anonymous

    79 different steps is what, a count of machine movements?  The number of machine commands needed to make the parts?

    It looks very nice, but I’m not convinced there is an actual need for the product.  Maybe someone wants it or thinks they need it.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve even used a body cap.  I think I used one on a camera body I’ve retired from active use. And the caps I’ve removed from new cameras. Otherwise, there is always a lens in the camera except for the few seconds the lens is being switched.

  • Pika

    and still useless

  • Anonymous

    This product is only good for making you feel bad when you loose a $100 body cap.

  • Anonymous

    This product is only good for making you feel bad when you loose a $100 body cap.

  • Anonymous

    This product is only good for making you feel bad when you loose a $100 body cap.

  • RainyDayInterns

    About as “necessary” as a camera strap machined out of the same stuff….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    utterly pointless, but yet i still kinda want one!

  • Jwp

    the hardener occlusion treatment is aluminum anodizing lol

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    The only interesting thing with this is that you can make your own by getting a M42 adapter and make something to screw in to plug the hole with a price tag of maybe $5.

  • http://twitter.com/megapixelsoffun Michael Thomas

    Aluminum Lens caps would be far cooler

  • http://twitter.com/megapixelsoffun Michael Thomas

    Aluminum Lens caps would be far cooler

  • BasicShape

    I can’t wait for their rear lens cap. I’ll take 5.

  • GJohnson78

    I think you could still injection mold something like that and sell more of them.

  • GJohnson78

    I think you could still injection mold something like that and sell more of them.

  • http://twitter.com/LensLineup LensLineup

    I want a Nikon one
    will they make one in Nikon?

  • http://twitter.com/LensLineup LensLineup

    I want a Nikon one
    will they make one in Nikon?

  • http://twitter.com/LensLineup LensLineup

    I want a Nikon one
    will they make one in Nikon?