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A few minutes of googling reveals Nikon already patented a strap mounted camera lens cap holder back in 2009... the design is different though.
#1 Paul King on 2011-07-18 09:35 (Reply)
Thanks Paul, Can you send a link to the Nikon patent?
#1.1 duann on 2011-07-18 09:37 (Reply)
Oh, got it
#1.2 duann on 2011-07-18 09:38 (Reply)
The patent is Japanese with publication number 2011-133717... I don't know how the Japanese patent system works though, but the filing date was 2009.12.25
#1.2.1 Paul King on 2011-07-18 10:24 (Reply)
This looks interesting. I think patents would either become very hard to obtain so more of the people would either be selling just designs at low or no cost or will have to find a better way to make money out of their products (designs). The iPod/iTunes style. But that's already happening. So mass production for small parts for now would be next to impossible to make a lot of money off unless you are selling to people with 3d printers and more of these people have 3d printing capabilities in house.
#2 Shariq Mushir (Homepage) on 2011-07-18 09:47 (Reply)
My design for these allows you to avoid having to use a camera strap at *all*. Instead, a squarish fabric envelope sewn closed on three sides is fastened inside a slot cut in an article clothing by stitching around the open envelope. This provides a kind of divot or "pock" (as I call it) large enough to hold the lens cap. Add'l "fabri-pocks" could be attached to allow storage of other small items.

Some things needn't be patentable, especially when they're obvious. Oh, wait, that's already the way it's supposed to work. By the way, having made similar items in the past, I can tell you that the strap retainers should be offset a little to avoid stress breaks. Ditto having a glue-on dot of hook-and-look material to hold the holder in a specific place on the strap.
#3 Lynne Wu on 2011-07-18 13:52 (Reply)

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