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04-23-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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52mm Hood doesn't fit 18-55mm DA L

I just got a SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR kit lens with my K-50.
It's not supplied with a hood, but I thought "No matter, I have an 18-55mm DA lens with a PH-RBA 52mm hood, I'll use that"
Nup - doesn't fit.. What a surprise! And how silly!

So, it there a particular Hood that will fit the SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR?
Suggestions please

04-23-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
I just got a SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR kit lens with my K-50.
It's not supplied with a hood, but I thought "No matter, I have an 18-55mm DA lens with a PH-RBA 52mm hood, I'll use that"
Nup - doesn't fit.. What a surprise! And how silly!

So, it there a particular Hood that will fit the SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR?
Suggestions please
Very interesting. I had exactly the same problem, ordered hood from Keh and it did not fit my 18-55 WR but apparently does fit the earlier kit lenses. Problem is the hoods for the earlier lenses have four male flanges to match with similar surfaces on the AL 18-55, but the WR lenses and hoods have only two such flanges, so you have to order the specific part number/hood for the WR version of the lens. I finally found a screw-in type hood for my WR, not the ideal solution, and I am still looking for the proper hood. Good luck to you with the same problem.
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The DA L 18-55 WR uses the PH-RBC 52 hood, the same as the DA 18-55 WR.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/634700-REG/Pentax_38766_PH_RBC_52mm_Lens_Hood.html


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The 18-55 WR uses the PH-RBC hood, not the PH-RBA. No idea why it changed...

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Ah.. Thanks.
Might grab the JJC version from ebay
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Yup. Check ebay for cheapo Chinese knockoffs. They go for around 6-8 bucks shipped
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AUD$14 in this case - still fine by me.
PH RBC Lens Hood Shade FOR Pentax DA 18 55mm F 3 5 5 6 AL WR 52mm Filter Thread | eBay

Incidentally, the PH-RBC is a 49mm non-petal hood according to the pentax web store??
PentaxWebstore.com:49mm Lens Hood PH-RBC 49mm Lens Hood PH-RBC
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What filter would I need to buy for a HD DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR both Uv and Cpol?

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Best to start you're own thread rather than hijack this one with a totally unrelated question
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Best to check here:
Pentax DA Zoom Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
It usually says what filter sizes or hood type (in case its bayonet) fits.

And yes its quite confusing that the filter size and hood vary
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I use the original 2004 SMC Pentax -DA 1:3.5 ~5.6 18~55 AL with the PH-RBA 52mm hood and it is a useful lens but has a bit of a flare problem when getting around to close angles to the sun.
Late afternoon facing west in our garden is a common photo I take here at parties etc.

here is a comparison I made last year against the old SMC Pentax -M 1:2 50mm also with a Pentax hood.
(early morning, the hood is just shading the lens, ..posted before)
18~55
https://app.box.com/s/xnir6j5sp99sdf05g6vs

SMC Pentax-M 1:2 50mm
https://app.box.com/s/izcv2q8akxhdh1ajxwuk

The common internet wisdom (!?) is that modern lenses are more flare resistant due to better coating tech, but these shots show the opposite.

I wonder if the newer hood is more effective and I would be interested to know if the newer 18 ~ 55 s versions with their hood are better in the sun than my original versions.

Regards !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
Incidentally, the PH-RBC is a 49mm non-petal hood according to the pentax web store??
That would be the PH-RBC 49. The hood names are suffixed with the filter diameter. Go figure.


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The change was introduced with the DA 18-55 WR, after the DA 18-55 and DA 18-55ii models. I seem to recall the WR and non-WR outer diameter is close or identical, just the number of flanges is different, which I agree is a little frustrating. But that doesn't matter -- Pentax could have justified the different hood design, claiming (true or not) that the improved sealing necessitated a different barrel design, I'm guessing that when the DA-L WR was introduced, they just lifted existing parts off the DA WR.
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