Am I the only one who finds himself fiddling around whenever placing the cap back on a Zeiss lens? The other day I lost a cap because I apparently hadn't placed it back on the lens properly, luckily found it again. Am I the only one who is annoyed by this? Such fine lenses, such bad caps!
Zeiss front caps - oh, the horror! Particularly vexing on the 100mm/2.0, where the deep lens shade demands a level of finger dexterity only found in German and Japanese optical engineers. Certainly not in Norwegian photographers with our frozen fingers. "The world's finest lens, with the world's worst lens cap," I have often concluded.
It's unfathomable why Cosina (maker of Zeiss lenses) continues to furnish their premium product line with such irritating ####. Because they are capable of much better - the caps on their Voigtländer-branded lenses are actually quite decent.
I agree. First time I removed the cap from the lens one of the springs behind one of the pinchers provided a spontaneous aerobatics display. As I was in my home I found the spring and reassembled the cap. If that was to happen when out and about the spring would be history and the cap useless. The dealer has exchanged the cap but having seen the woeful design, I will be getting an alternative. It is too risky to rely on the Zeiss model. Also, I found an error in the minimalist leaflet for the lens. Not a quality introduction to Zeiss! Fortunately, the lens (21mm) is very good.
The replacement cap malfunctioned on the first day of use! I disassembled the cap to find one of the springs was bent resulting in one of the pinchers not moving correctly. I "fixed" the bent spring by putting it on a small screwdriver shaft and compressing the spring several times to partially restore the shape. The pincher works but do I want to rely on it? No! My cap is an 82mm. I replaced it with one from Sigma which appears to be far more robust and an indictment of the Zeiss approach to lens caps. As I am in the UK the original equipment Sigma cap purchased as my Zeiss replacement was £8.39. I cannot imagine why Zeiss want their lenses advertised by a collection of different branded caps! To cap it all I doubt they will want to contribute to the cost even though the Sigma cap is less than half the price of the Zeiss cap!
It's just absurd and inexplicable that they don't do something about this. I bought Tamron caps for my 21, 35/2, 50/2 & 100/2 and they work like a charm, although they look like plastic rims on a Porche, but that doesn't matter