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03-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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Quick question re replacement hoods

Just scored a da 16-50 with a couple scratches on the front element and no hood for a very good price. Should I try and find a genuine pentax hood? some cheapo aftermarket petal-type or one of those rubber ones? What's a good replacement hood? I have no idea, but a hood is mandatory.

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If you have scratches on the front element, I think a hood is a "must". Finding the optimal hood is far less important than using a hood of some sort.
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I have a hood I got cheap off ebay to replace one I lost off my DA 18-55. Then found the missing one. side by side with the name hidden it is almost impossible to tell one from the other. there is a very slight difference in thickness thus weight but it works as well as the original.
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QuoteOriginally posted by patrick9 Quote
I have a hood I got cheap off ebay to replace one I lost off my DA 18-55. Then found the missing one. side by side with the name hidden it is almost impossible to tell one from the other. there is a very slight difference in thickness thus weight but it works as well as the original.
Ditto here. I was even able to move the window piece from an aftermarket hood onto a genuine Pentax hood and have it fit perfectly. Just use a hood.

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It seems like most of the cheapo hoods are screw-on. Do these keep you from being able to use a cpl?
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I lost the hood off of my 16-45 lens a few years ago. It was around $ 75 for a replacement hood....which I declined. I haven't noticed any difference in my phoo's I would suggest before you go to the expense of getting another hood...try the lens out in sunny conditions.

If you notice issues....get a hood....if not....why get a hood.
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I've found that the diff between a shaded lens and one exposed to direct light is huge. Plus, more times than I can remember, I've hit the hood against something that would have def scratched the lens had there not been a hood. Like I said, it is a must, I've just not had any experience with the aftermarket ones.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChatMechant Quote
I've found that the diff between a shaded lens and one exposed to direct light is huge. Plus, more times than I can remember, I've hit the hood against something that would have def scratched the lens had there not been a hood. Like I said, it is a must, I've just not had any experience with the aftermarket ones.
Absolutely. It's like folks that say - oh, the sun isn't that bad, I don't need a hat! and once they put on a good hat the relief is immediate. There is no substitute for a good hood, none.

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I'd start off with the original Pentax hood designed for that lens and go from there.
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Absolutely. It's like folks that say - oh, the sun isn't that bad, I don't need a hat! and once they put on a good hat the relief is immediate. There is no substitute for a good hood, none.
wait... you mean I need a hat too?!! but which kind?!!!
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you mean I need a hat too
You mean you haven't got one, all serious photographers always wear large highly coloured sombreros, even on dull days.

That's how you know they're masters of their art.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChatMechant Quote
wait... you mean I need a hat too?!! but which kind?!!!
One with a brim - no beret's!
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Ok, I'm sold. Maybe I can shade my lens with my hat!
Apparently, they are also quite dapper....

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I would recommend a Tilley. But then I'm a Canadian (I have four of them, three for spring/summer/fall and one for winter).
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChatMechant Quote
It seems like most of the cheapo hoods are screw-on. Do these keep you from being able to use a cpl?
There are those that screw on but also ones that mount as the original. I chose one that fit as an original so as to be able to flip it backwards for storage.
On another My hat means I can go out without my wife as she has said she wouldn't be caught dead near me with that thing on my head in public
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