Lens caps…. pain in the arse right? Constantly popping off or falling out of your camera bag… well, the new universal lens cap system from Kuvrd via Kickstarter. Don’t get me wrong, although many of my gear reviews feature many Kickstarter products, I do see some products that question is there really a need for that? …Did I initially think that for Kuvrd’s Universal Lens Cap… yes maybe… could my initial thoughts be wrong?… Potentially!
So what is the Kuvrd Universal Lens Cap, although pretty self explanatory, I’ll give you the low down. Kuvrd’s Universal Lens Cap is a new “one size fits all” lens cap that is both water- and dust-proof. It’s made of silicon and can keep all (or most) of your lenses safe. The lens cap will stretch easily to fit the front of lenses that have a diameter from 60mm up to 150mm. The “Lens Cap” will fit both over the front and rear of your lenses, giving that added protection. You can also use this along with your current lens cap, giving that added protection if you so wish.
So where do I start with the gear review, firstly I think it’s only fair to point out some of the obvious negatives. Although it’s named a “one size fits all” if you were to use the lens caps with lenses such as the small Nikkor 50mm 1.8 … it’s going to disappear into the Kurvrd design, although it would be fully protected. Personally, I don’t have lenses that small (in actual size) but I would imagine some of the Leica and Fuji lenses may also get swallowed. But from there, it really does fit all lenses, I use the Universal Lens cap on anything from my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 upto my Nikkor 70-200mm with no problems. Another thing worth mentioning, this system is slower than using the traditional lens caps, of course we’re talking in seconds here, but for some of you, the extra 20 seconds may be an issue. You do have to stretch the Kuvrd Lens caps over the lens, and this can be tricky from time to time, as they’re made to stretch and stay snug and protective over your lens. With the added lens hood, this can be slightly challenging. Finally, if you do use the Kuvrd system without the generic lens cap, you do lose that “hard plastic” protection… but for me that is what a quality camera bag is for.
So onto my own benefits and why I have implemented the Kuvrd lens cap into my kit, firstly the system protects my lenses from the elements, I’m talking those awful things like dust, sand, rain and mud…. a photographer's favourite right? You might be saying well doesn’t a standard lens cap do this, well actually no. The generic lens caps only protect the front element, you’re still open to the elements seeping in. A recent example I can give is using the Kuvrd system at a recent wedding…. a very rainy wedding. When using the Universal Lens Cap System, it adds a sense of security you don’t get with the standard lens cap system. You feel safe in the knowledge you can put down a lens with the Universal Lens Cap on both ends and know the rain isn’t going to find its way in.
Before the Kuvrd system, I didn’t use lens caps whilst on wedding shoots, to be honest, they just hindered my working, pinging off at every opportunity and felt mega uncomfortable if I had to throw one in my pocket. The Kuvrd products, as it’s silicone, can be folded very small and thrown in your kit, plus you don’t need to worry about the correct lens cap for the correct lens.. bonus!! Finally, if you’re shooting in varied weather conditions and find yourself battling humidity or condensation on your lenses.. the Kuvrd systems go some way to aiding those struggles.
There’s a lot of talks already on the web about how shock absorbing the Kuvrd system is, and with all things that are debated on the web… it’s a 50/50 split. Although I’m dedicated to gear reviews, there was no way I’d be trying those suggestions out. It’s fairly obvious that the system adds some protection than a generic lens cap system would. It’s covering a larger surface area, a lot larger, than the traditional system and it’s also adding a skin of rubber, which of course is going to create some element of added protection. Combine that with the protection from the elements and the universal use… and I think they’re onto a winner.
I certainly will be adding the Kuvrd system to all my lenses, if you wish to do the same, find out more here: www.kuvrdcamera.com