Canon Shows Off New Lens Cap Design: You ‘Pinch’ Rather Than ‘Squeeze’

Alongside the 24-70mm f/4 IS and 35mm f/2 IS lenses Canon announced today was an interesting tidbit that hasn’t gotten that much press: Canon is refreshing its lens cap design. Canon’s ‘Mark II’ lens caps feature a pinch-style design that’s pretty standard in the industry.

Instead of squeezing two little tabs on the edges of the caps, you simply use your fingers to squeeze the center of the cover. The new design makes it easier to do things such as remove lens caps when a hood is attached to the front.

Here’s a family portrait of the new Canon Lens Cap Mark II lineup (82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm):

While this development certainly pales in comparison to the Nikon D5200 and Canon lenses that were unveiled today, it’s still a piece of good news for photographers who have been asking Canon to go pinch-style for a long time.

The new lens caps will start appearing with new lenses across the entire EF line in the beginning of 2013, and will be available for purchase separately as well.

(via Canon Rumors)

  • 3ric15

    It’s a better design if you have a tulip lens hood on, it would just be easier.

  • randy

    is this where all canon’s r&d money is going towards.
    no wonder their profit margins are falling.
    but none the less about time. lol

  • sierrarobba

    chineese cap makers do this for 10 years

  • JamesR

    Not so good if you didn’t check the lens cap is on before you try to remove it and end up with fingermarks across the filter / front element!

  • Jeremy Aronhalt

    You mean I don’t have to put Nikon caps on my Canon lenses anymore! Canon better get it together.

  • Adam Lipstadt

    Well that only took 20 years.

  • jesseyardley

    Knowing Canon, they will add $100 to the price of each lens now. ;)

  • OllieOh

    This is innovation at it’s finest :P

  • 11

    it looks like you could also press at the periphery like the prev lens caps??

  • Kieran Grasby

    I was mocking Canon about this at work the other day, remarking how the lens caps for the EF-M series had finally got it right. Well done Canon, now get cracking and get them on all your lenses please, the current ones are a joke

  • Daniel Austin Hoherd

    I have done that with Nikon caps more than a few times.

  • Jostein Roalkvam

    I have actually never done that. Why do you pinch? You can just as easily just squeeze the outer edge.

  • Phatteh

    Apparently i’m weird. I dont like the Pinch one on my Sigma.

  • a voice from the future

    Oh my God how did we ever do without this. Why don’t you put a lock on the selection dial ????? Do something that matters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sam

    agree! knowing canon, they will probably add $300 in all of their current lens that comes with new lens cap.

  • F200

    When did Nikon took over Canon’s cap designing team?

  • BH

    Finally something more affordable from Canon.

  • Morten Rand-Hendriksen

    Is it just me or do these new caps look exactly like the Sigma caps?

  • Nikon

    Took you so long Canon…

  • TrollDaddy

    I feel like I’m the only one that doesn’t like pinch caps.

  • Bill

    It’s just my prerogative, but I actually prefer the canon caps with the lock on it as on the 70-200mm 2.8 II and the TS-E 17mm. Not sure what other lens they come on but they are nice since you don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking them off, but then again, that’s just me.

  • Dave

    Nikon must have forgot to patent this design a decade a go.

  • Iris Chrome

    At least the Nikon ones are much better looking :p

  • Iris Chrome

    Functional? Yes.
    Ugly? Very.

  • tonster

    does not look as nice (nor nikon caps do) but yes, it is more practical. Especially if you have the hood on.. Is nice to have a choice though

  • Prabawa

    You mean they took something that somebody else has invented years ago, announce it with fanfare, and put a premium in it? Apple is going to sue Canon for copying their business strategy ;)

  • OmniMode

    When you have a hood on your lens, you will know the ecstasy of the pinch. :-)

  • The_photographer_Tom

    The first thing I do when I get a new lens is to put the lens cap in a drawer and never use it again. I just leave a good quality filter on the front which is also protected by a lens hood. It’s just one less thing to think about when taking your camera out of the bag for a quick shot.

    Last week when I was doing a clear out, I came across Canon caps from the Football World cup in 1982 and the Olympics in 1984!

  • Jason

    That’s it, I am crossing over to Canon now.

  • Joshua Morin

    I use canon caps on all of my lenses. They feel much more secure to me as the nikon/sigma caps always fall off…

  • David Portass

    can they pull an apple by patenting the design now many years after everyone else has been doing it then retroactively sue everyone else for infringing that patent?

  • Wallerus

    Consolation prize for the absurd pricing scheme of the new 24-70 lens. They say geniuses steal ideas. :)

  • Cochese

    Considering they weren’t the first to use this design, it wouldn’t have done them any good.

  • dano

    cause you’re doing it wrong

  • Joshua Morin

    How so? They fall off…

  • Steffen Graumann

    Think of the amount of money Canon spend on the many years of research and development that has gone into making this giant leap in lens cap design! (Watch out for sarcasm ;ยท)

  • Spathara72

    Just like Nikon’s lens caps!

  • sajjad

    FujiFine Pix HS30EXR 2012 i think its copying fujifilm Lens cap :P

  • lexplex

    You really have no idea what you’re talking about do you?

  • Jon Woodbury

    The 5D mk III does have a lock on the selection dial.

  • mike921

    as much as I paid for the 70-200 II and 24-70 II, they should have at least included pinch caps (and maybe a valet as well)…