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04-25-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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DA 40mm lens hood & cap on an FA 43mm

So I'm trying to optimize the size of the FA 43mm. It's lens hood and lens cap are a bit large in comparison to the rather elegant approach of the DA40mm. Now since they are the same filter size, I was thinking why not take the DA 40mm lens hood and lens cap and put them on the FA 43 instead. That won't affect anything right? Its only 3mm difference and vignetting will not occur right. And it should fit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vandamro Quote
So I'm trying to optimize the size of the FA 43mm. It's lens hood and lens cap are a bit large in comparison to the rather elegant approach of the DA40mm. Now since they are the same filter size, I was thinking why not take the DA 40mm lens hood and lens cap and put them on the FA 43 instead. That won't affect anything right? Its only 3mm difference and vignetting will not occur right. And it should fit.
I've done that before and had no issues. Just ends up looking like a slightly thicker FA43
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49mm is a good friend of mine. I personally like the hood of the DA 70mm the best for all my DAs and FA primes, plus quite a few others.

I've bought 2 extra of these hoods so far...usually I have one on the DFA 100mm WR, and one on the 43mm, but I'll mix and match all my 49mm hoods depending on what I'm shooting. I always carry one loose in my bag.

The DA 40 hood works quite well on the 43mm, but I've even used it on longer lenses, including my Kiron 105mm (with a step-down ring, 52mm filter size).

Life wouldn't be as much fun without all the mix-and-match.

If you are happy with the results--go ahead and break the rules...and think about trying the DA 70, if you don't have one--I'd recommend finding one somewhere just to look at that hood...it's got a 2 position extension--very versatile, and compact, but not as compact as the DA 40.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vandamro Quote
So I'm trying to optimize the size of the FA 43mm. It's lens hood and lens cap are a bit large in comparison to the rather elegant approach of the DA40mm. Now since they are the same filter size, I was thinking why not take the DA 40mm lens hood and lens cap and put them on the FA 43 instead. That won't affect anything right? Its only 3mm difference and vignetting will not occur right. And it should fit.
Interesting idea....

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The hood for the DA40 is great. The only problem is its price

I'm cheap. So I have a poor man's DA40 hood on each of my prime lenses (except for the DA15). Here are some of them:

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Is that a film canister cap on 21? And what are those rear caps?
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Is that a film canister cap on 21? And what are those rear caps?
Yeah. The lens caps are (left to right): a Fujifilm film canister cap, a generic 30.5mm cap from FleaBay, and a Pentax 110 lens cap (I think for the 18mm lens).

The rear lens caps are Op/Tech dual lens mount caps. I used to attach two "common" lens mount caps back to back but the Op/Tech caps are of much better quality. They themselves are not inexpensive, but compared to the cost of the lenses, the cost of the caps is bearable.

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Cool idea Soldbear. What hood do you have on the 21?

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wow, that's a great idea! small and effective!
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What hood do you have on the 21?
The "hood" consists of two step-down adapter rings: a 49mm-37mm and a 37mm-30.5mm. I choose 30.5mm final opening because that is what the DA40 has. I can not find 49mm-30.5mm ring so I use two rings. The most economical combo is 49-37 and 37-30.5.

The DA21 lens is the most troublesome because it's almost too wide for 30.5mm opening. The 49-37 ring used on the DA21 is very thin (the brand is Sonia). If it were just 0.5 mm thicker, there would be vigneting.

I also use 49-37 + 37-30.5 for my Sigma 50mm macro and Tamron 90mm macro. For my FA50 and F28 (attached to the camera in the photo below), I use a single 49-28 ring:

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