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09-16-2012, 05:39 AM   #1
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Pentax SMC 24/2.8 Hood Alternative

I've been hoping to aquire an original hood for the Pentax SMC 24mm/f2.8 lens. Apparently these are some rare items.

In the meantime, I've also searched for alternatives at the usual sources. But I really don't know how a particular third-party hood will perform, so I'm hesitant to commit to a purchase.

Do you have a recommendation for an after-market hood?

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QuoteOriginally posted by hollywoodfred Quote
Do you have a recommendation for an after-market hood?
I just use a generic rubber hood for that lens.

No vignetting (on APS-C).
Compact for storage.
Easy to flick out when you need it.
Protects against minor bumps.
Can be fitted to glass (like the side of an aquarium) to avoid reflections.

The only downside:
The rubber perishes with time,
so you need to replace it every few years.
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In the same boat hollywoodfred have the lens not the hood. Tried to buy one off the Bay once and biding went way to high for my comfort level. Am interested in the responses you receive as I will benefit as well.
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Having tried several different brands of rubber lens hood, I like the Hoya best. The hood has three positions, and I find that the middle "normal" setting works fine with (on APS-C), even though the stated specification for this setting is narrower than the lens's FOV, even on APS-C. It's well made, which I can't say about some of the cheaper hoods.

The drawback is that it is easy to accidentally bump the hood to its extended position and I have done this without immediately noticing. (My K10D viewfinder doesn't have full coverage to begin with, and I am using the magnifying eyecup as well, so if I'm not paying attention it's easy to miss the fact that the hood is extended.)

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@lytrytyr- I've tried the rubber hood, a Quantaray Wide Angle Hood from Ritz. However, it wasn't wide enough, as it caused pretty severe vignetting. Maybe I needed a ultra wide angle version.

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Not sure if this matters, but I'm using this lens on K-series film bodies.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hollywoodfred Quote
@lytrytyr - I've tried the rubber hood, a Quantaray Wide Angle Hood from Ritz. However, it wasn't wide enough, as it caused pretty severe vignetting. Maybe I needed a ultra wide angle version.
Was this on film?
I was referring to APS-C.

The samples in my (June 13, 2012) review on
SMC Pentax 24mm F2.8 Reviews - K Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
were taken with the generic rubber hood.

For film, you might try a 58mm wide-angle rubber hood
on a 52 to 58mm step-up ring.

Or check Lowell Goudge's calculator
to see if 52 to 55mm would be enough.

Another alternative that has been used
is a metal Nikon 52mm FF wide-angle hood (HN-1).
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QuoteOriginally posted by hollywoodfred Quote
Not sure if this matters, but I'm using this lens on K-series film bodies.
OK, just saw this after posting my previous reply.

So: wide-angle rubber hood on a step-up ring,
or else the Nikon HN-1.

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or one of these...

52MM 52 MM Vented Lens Hood for Leica Summicron lens New | eBay

Cheers... M
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An easy but ugly answer: buy a set of step-up rings and screw them together (49-52, 52-55, 55-58 and maybe 58-62). If you use it a lot, then buy a 62mm pinch cap. I have done this before but perhaps not with a 24mm, I wish I could remember which lens it was; maybe someone could try this and let us know?
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QuoteOriginally posted by hollywoodfred Quote
@lytrytyr- I've tried the rubber hood, a Quantaray Wide Angle Hood from Ritz. However, it wasn't wide enough, as it caused pretty severe vignetting.

Here's a quick-and-dirty solution:

Trim back your current rubber hood to more of a petal shape.
Keep trimming until it no longer vignettes.
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Nikon HN-1 for Nikkor 24/2.8
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I appreciate all the tips. I'm looking for the simplest and most compatible solution, so I'll give the HN-1 a shot first.

Thanks all.
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