The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a popular pro-level point-and-shoot that has won much praise from users. However, one minor gripe that most shutterbugs have with it is the lens cap. Some photographers find that a hassle and are looking for alternatives to protect the optics.
Malaysian blogger Ian Ho has found a pretty good solution, and no, it's not manufactured by Panasonic. Instead, he utilized the Ricoh LC1 self-retaining lens cap that was produced for the company's own GX100 and GX200. By using a combination of springs and hinges, three flaps protect the lens when the camera is not in use, and can be pushed open easily by the optics when it extends.
Ho mentions in his blog that it requires a bit of force to push the LC1 onto the LX3 or the Leica equivalent, the D-Lux 4. Take a look at the video below to see how it works. I think it's pretty cool.
Some shutterbugs who tried this mod commented that the flaps tended to block the AF illuminator, and that it will require some tweaking before this problem can be solved. Also, note that since the LC1 is not a listed compatible accessory for the LX3, your warranty will be void if you damage the shooter during installation.
You'll have to check with your local retailer for the availability of the LC1, or search online for it. Pricing-wise, it shouldn't cost more than $25.
(Via Crave Asia)