If you are a habitual lens-cap fan and own some older Leica M lenses with hood caps, you’ve probably lost one or two caps in your time. The 14043 hood cap, supplied with the Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 (V4), Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH (Mk1) and Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 ASPH (Mk1), was discontinued last year. But salvation is at hand for when you next lose yours.
The 14043 was easy to lose or misplace, and it would detach easily at the slightest knock. Not surprisingly, despite Leica’s decision, there is still a big demand for replacements.
London’s Red Dot Cameras reacted to this demand by revisualising and improving the original design.
This 3D-printed hood cap, exclusive to Red Dot Cameras, is made of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) rubber. The cap fits the hood securely when the lens is stored or not in use.
It features integrated clips to hold the cap in place when attached to the hood, a pull tab for ease of removal from the hood and an eyelet to attach a leash (not supplied).
The cap is in stock now at the cost of £20 a pop, but it comes only in red for the time being. Personally, I think the little red cap looks rather fetching. If I owned one of the three lenses in question, I’d be on to Red Dot like a ferret up a drainpipe. But I do think they missed a trick. This little cap should be known as the Red Dot Rotkäppschen. Perhaps it will, as lens owners continue to misplace their boring old black numbers.