Keeping our lenses safe is very important and there are lots of products on the market to do this job. However, most of these products are quite expensive and overpriced for what they do. I sometimes like to throw my camera and a couple of lenses into a normal hiking day sack when I’m heading out for the day with the family or going on a hike etc. So I wanted something that was tough and rigid to protect the lenses from knocking against eachother and, at the same time, waterproof in case it rains and my bag leaks or a water bottle splits open or any number of other reasons a lens might get wet when out and about. I looked on a number of websites and I couldn’t find what I was looking for.
While in Sainsbury’s doing the weekly shop, I was looking down the kitchenware aisle when I noticed some plastic cylindrical sealable pots, which looked to be just what I was looking for! But would the lenses fit?
I popped back out to my car and grabbed my camera bag then went back to the aisle. To my amazement the Fuji 55-200mm fit straight in snugly with the lens hood on as if the pot was made for it. I tried a few of the other smaller lenses in some of the other smaller sized pots and again they were a perfect fit. Wow! This was exactly what I had been looking for and, at only a couple of pounds each, I filled my basket and headed to the checkout.
The pots that I found in Sainsbury’s come in 3 sizes and fit a variety of lenses with and without the lens hood. They are completely waterproof but not submersible. I had a hosepipe running water on to the 55-200mm in it’s pot for about 5 minutes while I shot the photo above and not a drop got in
I modified some of the pots by glueing circles of foam to the lid and in the bottom for extra protection. You can also keep the lenses in their lens bags for extra cushioning in some cases but the hoods need to be removed.
I haven’t looked in any other supermarkets to see if they sell similar products but I’m sure they probably do. Sistema also make a pot that will hold the smaller Fuji lenses such at the 18-55mm without hood, the 35mm and 18mm with hoods on. These I have seen in all supermarkets.
If you live in the UK and, like me, sometimes want extra protection for your lenses then pop into Sainsbury’s and grab a few of these pots. They are cheap and it’s as if they where made for Fuji X series lenses when it comes to the fit. If you don’t live in the UK then pop into your local supermarket and look to see what they have on their shelves.
So far I’ve not found anything that will hold the Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 lens so if anyone discovers something that will, please let me know.
Hope you find this useful.