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03-10-2011, 09:20 PM   #1
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Best Hood for DAL 55-300

Hey all,

While reading this, please keep in mind that I am a newbie and still trying to learn the ins and outs!
I will be receiving my K-r next week. It's the kit with the DA L 55-300 lens. Being the DA L series, I know it won't be coming with a lens hood. Is a hood a good investment? If so, what size, make model of hood should I be looking for??

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The genuine one is probably your best bet: Pentax PH-RBG Lens Hood (58mm Diameter) for SMCP-DA 38761 B&H

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That;s a nice hood, but would any 58mm hood work?
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QuoteOriginally posted by cas814 Quote
That;s a nice hood, but would any 58mm hood work?
It should not be any longer than the original hood or it may vignette at the widest setting. Plus, Pentax hoods have the filter access window. If you are a polarizer filter user, it is worth it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cas814 Quote
That;s a nice hood, but would any 58mm hood work?
I have a DA L 55-300 too and initially used a 58mm rubber hood. Knockoffs of the DA 55-300's hood eventually appeared on eBay for less than $10 so now I'm using that, just search for 'Pentax PH-RBG'.

It's definitely worth it to use a hood as it improves contrast and protects the front element.
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It's definitely worth it to use a hood as it improves contrast and protects the front element.
I'm curious to know how a hood improves contrast. Sorry in advance if this is a stupid question.
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This site has some good rubber hoods. CameraFilters.com - Official Site
I've purchased hoods there before.
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I'm curious to know how a hood improves contrast. Sorry in advance if this is a stupid question.
As I understand it, when a light beam enters the lens from an extreme angle, the front element tries to 'bend ' the light beam around and transmit it to the next element but, because of that extreme angle, it can't do it right. The light beam disperses and stray light mixes with the rest of the light and the combination of stray light and the 'proper' light gets to the sensor. This mix of light can reduce contrast and change colors because some of the light is not from the original scene and yet it gets to the sensor and is recorded. The stray light 'pollutes' the light from the original scene. I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong here.

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There was a discussion on this somewhere else in the forums, and someone suggested this hood:

Lens Hood f Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 PH-RBG 58mm - eBay (item 280581538171 end time Mar-27-11 10:54:36 PDT)
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonakG Quote
I'm curious to know how a hood improves contrast. Sorry in advance if this is a stupid question.
This thread was a good read.
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Thanks gp1806 for the explanation and thanks a lot V10 for the thread link. I get the idea now.

I am asking this because I ordered a flower type hood for my 55-300 lens from ebay. I think that's not the right one for the lens and won't do any good except for protecting the front element.

Need to get a better one. How about this - PH-RBG 58mm Lens Hood for Pentax DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED - eBay (item 220748159258 end time Apr-01-11 01:19:46 PDT)
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Thank you everyone for the input!
Looks like there are essentially three different styles to choose from....
cylinder, petal or the 3-way rubber.
Do any of these have a significant advantage over the other for my 55-300?
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