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    Re: Lens caps for Kodak WIDE FIELD EKTAR 135mm f6.3 Lens

    Tiffen makes a range of step-up/down rings, so you might contact them...

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    Re: Lens caps for Kodak WIDE FIELD EKTAR 135mm f6.3 Lens

    I think this is what you are looking for:

    front outer diameter 57mm
    rear outer diameter 43mm

    I used to use the original (I think) front metal cap on mine but now have a Series VIII to 2-1/4" (57mm) adapter (which lets one use 67mm filters/caps). On the rear I use a rear nikon 35mm bayonet cap with a little bit of thick tape on the inside - it works pretty well.

    Enjoy the lens; they are very sharp and have great coverage.

    By the way, in addition to B&H you can buy good cheap generic caps for a couple of dollars on ebay. They take a while to arrive from China/HK, but they are cheap and work fine.
    Ethan

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    Re: Lens caps for Kodak WIDE FIELD EKTAR 135mm f6.3 Lens

    Thanks everybody for your suggestions, especially about the Series VII lens adapter.

    If the WFE does not work out, then I will look at the Fuji NW/W lenses. I do like Fuji lenses, but I am curious to try shooting with a Kodak EKTAR lens just to see how it renders color and (occasionally) B&W film.

    I generally get Kaiser lens caps if I cannot find the original manufacturer's caps.

    Ethan: thanks for the dimensions of the front and rear elements. And yes, I generally buy lens caps from KEH.com, B&H, or Adorama, in that order.

    Namaste,
    Daniel

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    Re: Lens caps for Kodak WIDE FIELD EKTAR 135mm f6.3 Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    I used to go rummaging in the junk drawers of camera shops to find things like these- a shame that that's not really an option any more.
    Actually, here in Atlanta, you can. Every time I go into Wing's Camera that is exactly what I do. Over the years I have amassed a very decent inventory of Series filters, filter holders, adapters and lens hoods.

    Also in Atlanta, try Quality Camera. These folks buy out whole studios lock stock and barrel so they have all kinds of equipment.

    Also in Columbus, Ohio try Columbus Camera Group.

    In Chicago and in several Ohio locations, try Dodd Camera.

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    Custom Lens Caps

    Doesn't one of our members custom make some very nice lens caps?

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    Re: Lens caps for Kodak WIDE FIELD EKTAR 135mm f6.3 Lens

    Hello,

    I use a Kodak Wide Field Ektar 135-mm f6.3 often in the mountains, and it is nearly always mounted on my metal field camera, which closes with this lens installed. When traveling, the camera is in a Photo Backpacker soft case which is in a pack. I figure if the lens is damaged while I am carrying this pack, it would be the least of my problems, as it would probably take a serious fall for this to happen. With this pack, I am rarely on anything more difficult than Class 2 rock (easy, unexposed scrambling) or 35-degree snow.

    Even so, I appreciate Doremus's comment about the WF Ektar's rarity -- I have had mine awhile and did not pay that much for it, but am beginning to realize it would be hard to replace.

    Usually, I have a Heliopan Nr. 154 step-up ring on it. It goes from 54-mm on the lens up to 72-mm for the filter. For lens caps, I have plastic push-ons: a 57-mm for the front, and a 42-mm for the rear. I measured the 42-mm, the others are marked dimensions.

    Good luck with your travels.

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    Re: Lens caps for Kodak WIDE FIELD EKTAR 135mm f6.3 Lens

    Thanks everyone and just to follow up.

    The 135mm WFE lens was compact enough for me, even with the adapter ring and lens filter.

    I did locate a Series VIII - 57mm adapter ring on *that auction website*, and all is well. My 67mm UV lens filter screwed into it just fine. And I had a lens cap to fit the adapter ring with the UV lens filter.

    I found the rear lens cell required a 43mm cap: 44mm was just a little too big. I use push on lens caps for both lens elements.

    Now back to hiking and rock scrambling!

    Daniel

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