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07-13-2010, 11:43 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
.... it would be nice to try the DA40 hood but at $60+ it's hard to justify the cost.
Who says you have to buy the original DA40 hood? A 49-37 step down ring, followed by a 37-30.5 step down ring, makes beautiful hood. Look at my DA21 and DA70. (The lens attached to the K10D is F-28mm. Its "hood" is a 49-28 step down ring):



07-11-2011, 01:43 AM   #32
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Nice thread, found a Heliopan for my FA 31 Feels nice. The thread seems a litle long though, but thats no biggie.

On thing that i had a problem with was the Heliopan white text and the slightly grey colour of the hood. ( ok.... im picky... i admit )

The text was a no no for me, so i took my lady's nail polish remover and began to wipe. The text came off easily. But the grey "coating/paint" also came of. So i put a litle more rubbing into it and now it has almost exactly the same look as the 31!

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cokin extension rings

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in this case a few 58mm filter rings would be a better alternative.
just getting the glass out of them is so damn hard
Why bother with breaking glass from 58mm rings? Simply buy 3 cokin 58mm extension rings and mount them together and you have your hood for less than 5$ probably.
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Upon the recommendation of someone in another thread, I purchased this Panasonic lens adapter as a hood for my FA31: Amazon.com: Janco 58MM Diameter lens adapter tube for Panasonic DMC-FZ18, DMC-FZ28, DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ38 to accept 58MM Filter, Lens caps, adapters & auxiliary lens: Camera & Photo

The adapter unscrews into 2 sections and the larger section is basically a 58mm diameter tube with threads on both ends, so it fits perfectly into the lens hood of the FA31. Not sure if mounting two of them will lead to vignetting, and I'm not going to try.



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Great advise

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Upon the recommendation of someone in another thread, I purchased this Panasonic lens adapter as a hood for my FA31: Amazon.com: Janco 58MM Diameter lens adapter tube for Panasonic DMC-FZ18, DMC-FZ28, DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ38 to accept 58MM Filter, Lens caps, adapters & auxiliary lens: Camera & Photo

The adapter unscrews into 2 sections and the larger section is basically a 58mm diameter tube with threads on both ends, so it fits perfectly into the lens hood of the FA31. Not sure if mounting two of them will lead to vignetting, and I'm not going to try.
Just for the record, darrenleow is spot on with his recommendation to use the Panasonic hood found on amazon as a great replacement for the heliopan. Honestly, this hood looks/feels to be well made, looks great on the lens, has a nice finish, well machined threads, and is just long enough to offer max protection and not interfere with the shot. Not to mention $8, shipped! So glad I found it. Anyone looking for a non plastic/rubber hood for their 31mm needs to look into this thing. If anybody would like a pic of the hood on my 31mm or to see a pic through the hood, let me know. Although the pic darrenleow supplied pretty much shows it all. Thanks darrenleow!
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A Zombie post but worth reading.
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Indeed an old post, but still very helpful to people willing to use the search function. Worked for me
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I thought I'd add in a few more photos of the "hood" since there's some renewed interest in it.

Here is the side profile of the FA31 with the eBay hood, there's a B+W UV filter just before the hood. The fixed hood looks a bit out of place but overall the lens looks quite sleek, as long as it's a black lens. Didn't try putting it on a silver FA31, but I bet it'll look weird. Perhaps silver FA31 owners could try sanding the black finish off the hood and see what lies beneath.



Threads on the front of the hood since it's a 58mm extension. Probably better to put filters before the hood. Haven't tested if putting a CPL on the far end of the hood will cause vignetting



There's some ugly white silk-screened text on the hood, but I colored over it with a Sharpie marker. Not sure how else to remove/mask the text.



Paired with a 58mm pinch cap, this is a much more fuss-free set-up than the fixed hood and the push-on cap. Usually I even leave the cap off altogether since I have a UV filter on the lens anyway




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I tried to order the Panasonic hood and Amazon said in an alert that they don't ship that item to Oz. That also happened when I tried ordering a digital projector from B&H the other day... getting a bit teed off here. lol.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
getting a bit teed off here.
I ship to Oz so pm me if you want me to pick one up and send it to you.
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Update to my post of Aug 2008 (can't believe it's that long ago) For those interested in that lens (Pentax A *series 135mm F1.8), the Pentax lens hood (screw-on hood: RH-A77) really don't cut it.

I've bought a Heliopan Long metal lens hood model 10270 (77mm straight sided, 47mm deep approx). Got it on-line from Teamwork Digital in London (teamworkphoto.com) who were fast & efficient and not expensive, works fine on both FF and digital format bodies.
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Hi K100d,
I guess these are pictures of the FA31 and FA43 with the short metal versions of heliopan hoods ?
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that's correct goubejp ... works great on the FA77 as well
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