Blooming DSLR

I remember borrowing a professional camera from a cousin for my African Safari Honeymoon. You would expect me to capture some really gorgeous pictures of lions making their kill, well to cut a long story short, I had no clue how to work the thing, so I ended up overexposing some pictures and taking out-of-focus shots. Thankfully the current generation of DSLRs is more forgiving towards amateurs. But basics like lighting and exposure can still intimidate some, hence the need for the Flower! A lens cap that allows you to automatically capture some stunning shots by simply regulating the light exposure; ok Africa, here I come!

Designers: Rhie Hyi Joong & Lee Sang Hwa

Flower is a 2011 Spark Awards winner.


  • Shapewear says:

    I would actually find this much easier than placing and removing the lens cap constantly

  • James says:

    Rhie Hyi Joong & Lee Sang Hwa, please, please, start a Kickstarter project for this and make it a reality!

  • bellamichelle says:

    I want one!!

  • karen says:

    awesome, I want one!

  • delo says:

    can be fragile.

  • Dustin says:

    not sure if worm gears work that way round. Usually it’s the rotary screw that drives the gear. Trying to get the screw to rotate by turning the gear would put a lot of strain on those very small-looking plastic teeth.

    love the idea though. very natural and intuitive design.

  • yargi says:

    I wonder if they ever heard of something called wide-angle lens.. And as previously stated, its quite fragile, not compatible with lens hoods etc.. Poor R&D..

  • A.Lwin says:

    Quote from the source: “A lens cap that allows you to automatically capture some stunning shots by simply regulating the light exposure; ok Africa, here I come!”

    A lens cap to regulate light exposure? Does that mean I just turn the screw to make the opening of the cap narrower to capture less light?

    And from one of the diagrams: “You could have made a mistake that you didn’t take off lens cap and took the pictures”

    With a SLR (digital or otherwise) the moment you look through the viewfinder you know whether the lens cap is on or not.

  • Oscar says:

    I would buy this…. where and when can I buy one?!

  • noel82 says:

    Great idea, but have to know that lens hood MUST be of the right design depending on the lens you use: a hood for a 14mm lens should not be the same of a 85mm one (just for example)..

  • Foxxel says:

    This is like the best Idea I have ever saw. This must be made. For something like me, I need something that makes is fast for me to take out another lens and not have to worry about some lens caps. This just makes life alot easier.

    Make it and I shall buy it.

  • David says:

    Please make this, I’d buy a couple

  • Marc Womack says:

    Saw this on Engadget, and yes, if you ever make it, let me know, I’d pay $50 USD for it.

  • Pdtpoet says:

    Yes! Build it and many prosumers will buy it including me! Think of all the time it will save as well as the misplaced lens caps.

  • Hiten says:

    Too Fragile and no need for such a product.

    Products are already available in the market to solve your problem

  • ric says:

    when can i buy this? how will you cope with differing lens diameters?

  • Jim says:

    The reason I keep my Factory lens hood on + a uv filter is so I don’t have to use a lens cap.

  • PK says:

    I’d like to know when exactly you came up with that idea….as I had it a few years (2008) ago… mentioned it to only 2 persons but then lacked the determination to pull though with it and go for it as the market for it is probably smaller than we gadget lovers would think……and now someone on the other side of the globe has the same idea as well?….
    Did you find an investor/maker that would actually produce and distribute it as part of their brand i.e. Sony, Nikon, Canon, Olympus or accessoire brands like HAMA…? I’d love one too….
    The thingy has a catch though being great for lazy amateurs like us… is prone to break easy and those who pay 1000s of $ for their lens won’t adopt it for the minimal protection it offers….and the flower being not exactly perfect for light conditions…
    I presume that the serious brands had that or similar ideas before as well and it just never made it to the public for the same above obvious reasons…Only now the picture has changed with (D)SLRs being on the market at affordable prices for everyone…..and hobby photographers… etc…
    So when an where will we see this come available to major lens brands…SIGMA…., SONY….etc…???? Ever????

  • Aaron says:

    I would buy this in an instant if you built it!

  • Peter says:


    Is this for sale or are their plans for it to become something we could buy? I’m quite interested in getting one and, from the comments, so are a lot of other people. Can we expect a release date or confirmation that this indeed will become a product we can buy?


  • getsit says:

    For a wide-angle lens it could just open further – on a wider angle. Equipment can be made small, light and strong, it does not have to be fragile. As far as compatibility with lens hoods, this makes lens hoods obselete!

  • getsit says:

    If this was manufactured durable enough to protect my lenses with confidence, I would definitely buy this. Kickstarter go!

  • Hans says:

    Like the idea a lot! But just a bit afraid that it’s gonna be fragile, but try to convince me otherwise! 🙂

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  • Mandella says:

    I saw one of these for a SLR Film camera back in 2000. I believe that Pentax made it back in the 70’s of course it was not as a sophisticated design, but it was similar. They worked really well, and well the old one wasn’t made of plastic. I got to use it for a job that I had teaching B&W photography and have never been able to fine one since… but I really want one.

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