One thing that I had a really tough time with when I moved to a micro four thirds camera was finding the right bag to hold my lenses. With a DSLR kit, the lenses are fairly large, and there are about a thousand bags on the market to hold them. These bags are generally large too, with plenty of padding for the larger camera body and lenses you’ll be toting around. The problem with a smaller camera, and micro four thirds specifically, is that some of the best lenses are SO incredibly small that a bag of almost any size, even the small bags, would swallow up a lens and really not make great use of the space. I kept thinking that there has to be a better way!
One day I came across a tip in a forum about “gluing the back caps together”. After thinking about it for 10 seconds I couldn’t get it out of my mind. So simple. So elegant. So practical. Most importantly, free! Just a simple solution using the equipment you already have and a little bit of Krazy glue. In no time I had glued the back caps for my Olympus 25mm and Olympus 45mm together to create one long lens that fit much better in my bag.
So simple. So elegant. So practical. Most importantly, free!
You can even buy extra back caps from Amazon. A number of manufacturers make third party versions, but even the official Olympus back caps cost only $4.00 a piece.
Here’s a step by step video for this tip:
This trick also has the added benefit of allowing you to change your lenses faster too. If you’re currently shooting with the lens that was stacked on top, all you need to do is remove it from your camera and drop it in your bag “back” first. The back cap should be waiting there to receive it. Twist it on, flip the two lens combo over, and twist your lens off that was on the bottom. Voilá! Quick lens change.
Do you own some of the wonderful tiny primes that Olympus makes for micro four thirds? Do you use this simple space saving DIY trick? Let me know in the comments!
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