tiny lens pouches / cases?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by barry13, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi,

    I'm looking for some pouches or cases to carry a couple small lenses on my belt (belt width: < 1.5").

    So far I've seen
    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/lens-changer-15-v2.aspx
    http://optechusa.com/pouches/lens-filter-pouch.html

    but those seem large for the following lenses, even for 2 lenses with caps glued...
    O 17mm f/1.8
    O 45mm f/1.8
    O 40-150mm KIT (not pro)

    I'd prefer something water-resistant like the Think Tank linked above, but it's not mandatory.

    A hard leather case (etsy?) might be nice, but the ones I've see have open corners and would let in lots of dust (and water).

    Thanks,
    Barry
     
  2. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
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  3. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
  4. WRay

    WRay Mu-43 Veteran

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  5. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The present.
    I use Lowepro Off Trail 1 pouches. They are reasonably weathertight, and they have velcro tongues that lend thenselves to attachement to various belts, gear. I can get a 12-40mm in one of these snugly, and a 40-150mm with the hood reversed. I used to carry a Panasonic 14mm with metal hood and a Panasonic 45-150mm with caps glued. In the other I would carry release cable, microfibre, batteries. These days the rig costs like 19.00 and so overall is a steal. I do find myself somtimes using the whole rig, sometimes just the lens cases. Versatile. Worth a look. The Off Trail II had larger cases, but I suspect you are looking for smaller cases.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOWEPRO-OFF...493?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f46bed27d

    woof!
     
  6. AL904

    AL904 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jacksonville Beach, Florida
    Allen Forrest
    I use them as well. IMHO, they are excellent. However, I use those Micro Lens pouches as inserts in my camera bags, but can see how they would be excellent as inserts for belt-mounted pouches.

    I have been looking for a way to add labels to those Micro Lens pouches to quickly identify each lens when it is one of several (many) in a large bag. Does anyone have a suggestion for a label system?
     
  7. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I am wondering if the OP might be better served using a slightly larger pouch that can hold multiple lenses, etc.; sort of like a fanny pack.
     
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    Richella The Wandering Scotsman

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  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Maybe, but the ones I've seen are larger than my TT MM10 camera bag.

    Barry
     
  10. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    I was looking around for small pouches for a while but I ended up with small fanny pack

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CT1PXG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's very compact but can still hold a couple lenses in the main pocket and a battery, 9mm BCL, mini tripod etc in the smaller pocket. I can even fit the 75-300 upright next to eg 12-50 if I need to. Ideally, 12-50 (or similar) + one or two smaller lenses in the main pocket. No padding but it's easy enough to add some if you like. Great price too
     
  11. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Thanks everyone for all the links!

    The JJC JN-S is too small for the O17 f1.8 or O45.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSHQQF2/

    The JJC JN-M would fit the 17mm OR O45mm. The hoods would be tight (diameter) -- maybe too tight.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSHQMGU/

    The JJC JN-L would fit both the 17mm and 45mm back-to-back, with caps glued, and should fit the hoods as well (inverted). Or it could fit the 40-150R without hood.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LSHQIHI/


    However, I'd prefer a belt loop rather than a hook; I'd worry about the hook tearing off the neoprene and losing the case and lenses.


    The Zing SP* (small) seems about the same size as the JJC JN-L, and has a belt loop but no top flap (rain/dust could get in) http://www.amazon.com/ASIN/B000F4U8VC/ http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_photo?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Zing&node=502394

    The Optech Small seems slightly wider than the JJC JN-L, but it does have a belt loop. http://optechusa.com/pouches/lens-filter-pouch.html or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000X2C4E/

    The Think Tank Lens Changer 15 seems to be their smallest but is considerably bigger than the other brands. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/lens-changer-15-v2.aspx

    The sunglasses case mentioned above by @davidzvi@davidzvi may be too small due to the rounded corners. Almost certainly the hoods would not fit, even inverted. Also, I'd be terrified of dropping lenses when opening the clamshell.

    @dornblaser@dornblaser, @WRay@WRay, I don't see a belt strap or hood on those; please confirm. Otherwise the small and medium might be good fits (but no top cover): http://www.amazon.com/B007TNFT5M/

    @woof@woof, thanks but that's bigger than I'm looking for.


    For now, I'm thinking of getting the Op/Tech or the JJC JN* for the 17mm and maybe the 40-150mm R... does anyone have any other recommendations not mentioned?

    Thanks!
    Barry
     
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  12. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
  13. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
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  14. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    I see now that the specified lengths of Oly lenses do not include the caps or even the mount! -- Annoying.

    The 17mm f1.8 is therefore ~48mm long, not 36!
    Therefore, it won't fit in the JJC JN-S case. :mad:

    Barry
     
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  15. AL904

    AL904 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 29, 2012
    Jacksonville Beach, Florida
    Allen Forrest
    Thanks, Barry!

    I was really thinking more along the line of a tag-like label that could be hooked or tied to the pouch's pull-string to mark its home in the bag- something more permanent than a stringed shipping label made of cardboard.
     
  16. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Depends on the case. But might not fit the hoods depending on the lens. The review I saw had a 75 and 17 in one sunglass case. But he made a point of showing the hoods fit together and were just stored in the bag.
     
  17. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I use an OpTech Snoot Boot Mini for my 17mm f1.8 with a screw on hood attached. Perfect size. I use a small Snoot Boot for my 40-150 f3.5-5.6 R with Oly hood and another one for my 60mm macro. They have belt clips, and they are waterproof but although they cinch up pretty tight with their locking drawstrings, there could be a tiny hole on top for water to get in. The clips seem to be firmly attached and I don't think they'll pull out with the lightweight MFT lenses inside. They are neoprene, so they also provide some bump protection. Really handy. Available from Amazon too.
    http://optechusa.com/snoot-boot.html

    The OpTech lens/filter pouches are pretty big, much larger than the Snoot Boots avaible in multiple sizes.

    Really like the OpTech stuff and have a number of their straps, camera pouches, and lens pouches. Very reasonably priced. And, it's nice that they're made in America, if you care for that sort of thing. :)
     
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  18. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    @Holoholo55@Holoholo55, thanks, I hadn't seen those.

    Will the 40-150R fit in the Snoot Boot Mini, without the hood?
    If so, I might get 2 of those for travel.

    Thanks!
    Barry
     
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  19. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Hmm... I don't think so. A bit too long, methinks. I can try it out tonight. I'll try to shoot some comparison shots so you can see what it looks like.
     
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  20. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Barry,

    Here's a few shots for comparison of the OpTech Mini and Small Snoot Boots. The 17mm with hood attached is at the left and the 40-150 f3.5-5.6 R is the other one. (sorry for the quality of the shots - do not have a good lighting setup, enhanced slightly to bring out details)

    P2200006b.

    This one shows the 40-150 in the Mini Snoot Boot next to the 17mm. Note that the pouch doesn't have enough height to close over the lens.

    P2200007b.

    Both lenses in the boots and cinched up. These are right-sized. You need extra height in the boot to be able to cinch up the top. Note that the clips are pretty sturdy and well anchored to the boot with a webbing base. These pouches are really well made. One more thing. I found that the webbing that is sewn to the pouches where the clips are attached also function as belt loops. A 1" or 1-1/4" belt should fit in them. Didn't realize that before! Cool.

    P2200008b.

    Hope that helps!
     
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