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Pentax PH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49 Rectangular Plastic Hood

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Pentax PH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49 Rectangular Plastic Hood

Pentax PH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49 Rectangular Plastic Hood
Pentax PH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49 Rectangular Plastic Hood
Pentax PH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49 Rectangular Plastic Hood
Pentax PH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49 Rectangular Plastic Hood

The PH-S49 is a rectangular plastic, clip-on lens hood designed specifically for use with the M and A series 50/1.4 mm and 50/1.7 mm lenses.

It can also be used also on the F and FA versions.

In any case, the round metal hood or the folding rubber hood is more convenient to use.

Hood NamePH-S49 (50mm) aka PH-SA49
Hood TypeRectangular, plastic
MountClip-on, fits 49 mm filter thread
Fits Lens(es)50 mm F1.4 and slower with 49 mm filter thread
Removable WindowNo
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New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Posts: 2
Review Date: April 15, 2018 Not Recommended | Price: None indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Effective, lightweight
Cons: Terrible clip on system

This is a nice hood - too bad Pentax gave it a lousy clip on system. I can't count how many times the spring loaded clips came apart. Also, the clip system doesn't hold the hood tightly enough, so the slightest nudge skews the hood out of alignment; this is problematic because this is a rectangular hood and has to be aligned in a precise way. Finally, I pulled the clips off and epoxied the hood to a step up ring, converting it from clip-on to screw on. Problem solved.

If you're looking for a hood for this application, do yourself a favor and find a nice, screw on metal hood instead.
Veteran Member

Registered: May, 2010
Location: Hong Kong / Irvine, CA
Posts: 636
Review Date: January 18, 2013 Recommended | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: easy
Cons: Cannot reverse store

I got this with one clip broken
Works very good and I like the design.
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 4,461

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: October 3, 2011 Recommended | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Well made, looks cool and does its job reducing flare and protecting the lens
Cons: Some issues when used with a circular polarizer

The primary use for a lens hood is to prevent light from hitting the front lens element from the sides - reducing contrast and creating flare. Pictures taken with a lens hood installed can have richer colours, deeper saturation.

A secondary use for a lens hood is to protect the lens. The damage prevented can range from a finger smudges on the front element (a minor inconvenience) to a broken front element (possibly a major expense - and lost pictures). Accidental touches and scratches to the front element are reduced simply because the glass is difficult to reach. Some impact protection is also gained from having a sacrificial part taking the blow.

I purchased the Pentax PH-S49 square hood some time ago for use on my M 50/1.4. The same hood will fit the A 50/1.4 lens. It is made of sturdy plastic and is the clip-on type. It fits firmly in place and it would take a pretty good jolt to knock it off. It has performed well in its flare reduction and protection role. As this hood was designed specifically for the M 50/1.4 and M 50/1.7 lenses. It was also work on the A 50/1.4 and A 50/1.7 lenses which share the same optical design.

You can use this hood in conjunction with a circular polarizer. It can be a little awkward however. The hood will turn with the polarizer if you are not careful and might result in some vignetting. This is the only potential problem I can see with this hood.

In theory the square hood should do a better job of shading then a circular hood, since it can "crop" extraneous light much closer to the edge of the frame without starting to vignette the corners. The round hood will have "gaps" in its protection along the straight sides of the picture. This may or may not be true but if there is an advantage to be had from have a square hood specially built for a lens I want it. Itís true rubber hoods can be found for quite a bit less but to my mind the square hood not only works better it just looks a lot better.

As I recall I believe I paid $25.00 for it as a new old stock purchase on EBAY. They seem to be pretty rare on the used market. I would recommend this hood to those who want the best in flare reduction for their M or A 50/1.4 or those who just want a really cool looking hood. You know who you are.
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