I guess I'm just being careful, and the paper clip isn't really obtrusive. Easy to remove and re-attach. Yeh, those C-clips can go anywhere! I'm enjoying this machine a lot. It's pulling CERY nice shots of the Dragonfly Elida. More on that soon. U'm not sure if it came with a dust lid, or if that's optional. I fashioned an aluminum foil lid, which quickly became a crumbled mess!