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12-12-2007, 05:26 AM   #1
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How's your lens hoods going?

Just a query to those that use the supplied lens hoods with DA lenses. My year old 16-45/4 is very loose which is surprising (to me!) because I keep it on the lens with no lense cap so are not putting it on and off every time I pull the camera out of the bag. Only time I take it off is when using the on camera flash. My 50-200 it still fine, but that got put on and has stayed there ever since. So, do your lens hoods still 'snap' on firmly?

Cheers, Nige.

12-12-2007, 05:51 AM   #2
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I have no problems with my 18-55mm though sometimes it jams when I put it on. If it ever breaks, there is always Free printable cardboard lens hoods
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Yes, but I don't use them that much -- usually only in harsh side light, or when I want a little extra protection for the front element. I find the hood on the 16-45 makes an already big lens absolutely enormous, which is no good if you're trying to stay inconspicuous.

Then again maybe staying inconspicuous with a big zoom lens is a fool's errand.
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I don't care for the hard "flower petal" type of lens hoods; they strike me as being somewhat freakish in appearance. I prefer the good old fashioned collapsible rubber hoods.

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Other than losing the removeable part of it, no problems in in the 6 months I've had it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jodokast96 Quote
Other than losing the removeable part of it, no problems in in the 6 months I've had it.
I just purchased four cap keepers, one for each lens with the polarizer door. They are about $3 on a bad day. Cap keepers are strings with a sticky button on one end to be stuck to the lens hood, and an elastic loop that is supposed to go around your lens on the other.

I found that there is no place on my DA* 16-50 where the elastic loop can actually go without restricting either the zoom or focus range, so I cut off the elastic and taped the end of the string to my lens hood with electrical tape (the black vinyl stuff). I'm using the 16-50 as the test case for this idea.

I'm doing a shoot of the Santa train this afternoon with the 16-50. I'll see there whether it is secure enough.
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The hood on my da 50-200 went on with a reassuring 'click' the first time, but hasn't since then (and I've tried another hood that did the same thing). I just leave the hood on all the time now. I've not had any problems with the 18-55 (hasn't seen a lot of use), DA 14, or FA 20-35.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
I don't care for the hard "flower petal" type of lens hoods; they strike me as being somewhat freakish in appearance. I prefer the good old fashioned collapsible rubber hoods.
Well the petal hoods aren't there to look cool. They are there to prevent vignetting on zooms well still reducing lens flare.

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Last time I checked, my lens hoods still click in just fine. I have a DA 18-55mm, DA 50-200mm, and an FA 28-105mm f/3.2-4.5.

Do the interlocking notches on your hood or lens look worn out?
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The lens hood on my Da14 is really tight. I need to use quite a bit force to put it on or take it off Sometimes I almost feel I can't take it off at all ... Or well, I guess I'll just leave it on all the time then.
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Do the interlocking notches on your hood or lens look worn out?
hard to tell, they both look 'used'
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I barely use my lens hood on my 18-55 ... but when i do it clicks home reassuringly ... no problems with mine at all.
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Well, looks like I might have ruffeled 'Murphy' with my post about loose lens hoods, cause today it fell off on it's own accord. When I got the thing (camera and lens) I did think that the method of application was suspect, relying on the plastic bump to keep it there. My Nikon bayonet style ones are a much better long term proposition (I have one of those 25 years old that are still like the day I bought it). Time for a home remedy!
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