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Procuring a lens cover for large (133mm) lens?

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I recently bought a large projector at auction and it came with a 133mm diameter lens but no caps or covers.

Where do I find lens covers for such a large lens? The universal lens covers I've seen do not work up to that size. The manufacturer also does not sell the cover as a separate part (it's a 2007 Christie HD6K).

I'm tempted to make my own but I'm not quite sure how to make one that will be as resistant to impact or scrapes as an engineered one.

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I have a recollection that someone went and 3D printed a lens cap, check Thingiverse for projects and... (1 comment)
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I'm not quite sure how to make one that will be as resistant to impact or scrapes as an engineered one.

Many large lenses are sold with fabric "socks" as their only protection, so you may be worrying unnecessarily.

I personally have a Sigma 300mm f/2.8 which I acquired second-hand with no cap or cover at all, and for which I made my own. I used a circle of hard plastic, about 1mm thick*, covered with two layers on the inside and one on the outside of black foam from the craft section of a cheap department store, which I stitched into place; and then side walls of the same foam, again stitched. It took about 4 hours to assemble, fits very snugly**, and should certainly protect against scratches and light jostling. (I will add that in an abundance of caution I left the assembled product to air for a couple of weeks before using it, just in case the foam was outgassing anything which might harm the outer coating of the front element).

* If you ever bought CD-Rs, they came in a spindle with a piece of plastic the same size as a CD, presumably to protect the unused ones. It was the perfect size for my lens: you would obviously want something larger.

** I had intended to fold back the top and make a channel for a drawstring, but that wasn't necessary.

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cobertos‭ wrote over 3 years ago

Will have to try! I actually have some leftover acrylic from a project and a ton of polyurethane (upholstery) foam. I was worried a lot about what the foam might do to the lens but I will give it a go, and maybe call the manufacturer.

KalleMP‭ wrote over 3 years ago

Felt and baize are common components in camera cases and such. They should not outgas much.