Lens caps are a great solution for protecting the front element of lenses when they’re not in use, but can be misplaced when you take them off. On the other hand, screw-on lens filters are a great solution for protecting the lens’ glass as well, but they introduce an additional layer of glass between your camera and the world. Is there a middle ground?
At the CP+ trade show in Japan, Kenko International is showing off a new product that aims to deliver the best of both worlds. It’s called the Flip Cap, and is a lens cap that screws on permanently, but flips out of the way when you’re using your camera.
As the video above by CNET Asia shows, the caps are screwed onto the lens filter threads on the front of lenses. When you need to take a shot, simply press a button on the side of the accessory, and the front of the cap will flip open, exposing your lens and allowing for an unobstructed shot.
The Flip Cap will be available in either boring ol’ black or with colorful interchangeable panels, priced at ¥2,300 ($25) and ¥3,300 ($36), respectively. It will initially be available for 49mm and 58mm lenses when it hits stores, but there’s no word yet on when that will be.
That is all. Let the cries of “First world photography problem!” begin.
Image credits: Screenshot thumbnails from video by CNET Asia