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10-11-2013, 07:17 AM   #1
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DA L 55-300mm Question

I just got a really good deal on a used SMC Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED. I am looking for a good hood for it. I don't really feel like spending $40 on the Pentax one. I am looking at this one, Zeikos ZE-LH58 58mm, but I am open to suggestions. I am also curious on users experience with this lens compared to the DA version. I am so excited to finally have a zoom over 200mm! I love my tamron 70-200mm, but it just doesn't get close enough sometimes.

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Just do a search for PH-RBG on eBay. The Chinese knock-offs work just fine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Just do a search for PH-RBG on eBay. The Chinese knock-offs work just fine.
Yep... They not only work just fine, they're identical to the original Pentax hood, except there's no Pentax logo, and they're $5 rather than $40. They're probably made by the same factory.
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Amazon works too. With a nearly identical to Pentax's PH-RBG hood, the only functional difference between the DA and DA L versions is Quick Shift, and there are ways around that too.

However, I freely admit that I would love to swap my DA L 55-300 for the just announced WR version of this lens! It would be a terrific companion to my K-30 and 18-135 WR.

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I have always said they could have my DA L 55-300 when they pry it from my cold dead fingers, or they release a WR version. Well, maybe in the spring...
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I would add... Make sure the knock off hood is "identical" to the Pentax. Mine, from eBay, is of much lower quality, hence why is has started cracking and doesnt click in nicely.
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