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06-14-2017, 08:31 AM   #1
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FF lens hood for DA* 55

Pondering a DA* 55 1.4 to use with my K-1.

Is there a suitable lens hood in the Pentax line up for it in FF mode?

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06-14-2017, 08:40 AM - 1 Like   #2
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@Fabian, there is no separate FF/APS-C lens hood. Only the standard OEM APS-C one as this lens was designed when Pentax did not have a FF digital camera.

The hood does not appear to be a problem on the K-1 based on what I have seen on this forum. However, I do not have that lens so hopefully others that do will chime in on whether the hood is an issue.
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This one might fit. Pentax PH-RBC 58mm SILVER Lens Hood | eBay It is from the FA 28-105mm F3.2-4.5 AL. I don't know if Pentax ever changed the hood bayonet. Otherwise a shorter screw on 58mm threaded hood will do. It will fit on the filter thread.
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The DA* 55mm is my most used lens on the K-1 and I have always just left the Included hood on it. No real world issues with it over thousands of images.

I know it is just my opinion, but this lens is so good on the K-1, I can't see what a new D-FA 50mm 1.4 will have that could convince me to switch.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fabian Quote
Pondering a DA* 55 1.4 to use with my K-1.

Is there a suitable lens hood in the Pentax line up for it in FF mode?

Thanks..!
I was concerned that the hood might increase the shading in the corners so I am using this
Heliopan 58mm Screw-in Rubber Lens Hood 71058H B&H Photo Video hood. Can't say I noticed any difference, but I like the hood so it is still attached.
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Can you do a test? Av mode, f1.4, shoot an equally lit (natural light is best) white wall, and keep the camera perfectly horizontal and parallel to the wall. 2 sec timer, ISO 100, take two shots without hood, then two with hood. See if there is any difference at all. Another test would be shooting with the sun near the edge off the frame to see how bad the flare is, whether its worth it getting a tighter hood
You can use a third party clip on or screw in hood (goes into the filter threads, some of these hoods even have their own filter threads inside so you can still use filters). But those will probably be less than optimal.
That said, a 55mm lens with modern lens coatings probably does not need a super tight, perfect hood. Those were more important back in the film days where some lenses had really low contrast and flare problems without a hood
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I use this lens frequently on my K1 in FF mode.
There is some increased light vignetting with the original lens hood on under certain circumstances, which is easily correctable in post processing though.

Just to give you an idea, I bought an stepup ring and smaller hood because I also worried about vignetting.
But I never bothered using that instead of the original hood.

I bought this lens especially for rainy weather and it turns out the original hood makes it less likely that rain drops hit the lens element.

I recommend using the original hood and see if you find annoying vignetting. You most probably will not.
But if you do you can still buy a stepup ring with another hood.
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A wonderful lens ... I use it all the time on the K-1 with its lens hood ... I've not thought it made a difference!




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I was under the impression that it wasn't recommended to use the original hood on FF (just from reading here and there).
The responses here are very encouraging though. I rarely remove vignetting afterwards anyway from other lenses.
And the Heliopan and ph-rbc look like great 2nd options. Just nice to know that they're at hand if needed.

Thanks everyone for the good responses.
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It definitely causes corner darkening (but not hard vignetting) on K-1. I substituted a collapsible rubber hood to eliminate the issue.
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I use this one: Schlitzblende 58mm Gegenlichtblende Sonnenblende Metall Universal schwarz 58 mm | eBay. works good on FF
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QuoteOriginally posted by pid Quote
I use this one: Schlitzblende 58mm Gegenlichtblende Sonnenblende Metall Universal schwarz 58 mm | eBay. works good on FF
But that is a vented hood, so it is meant for rangefinders. It might be okay enough, but its less than optimal on DSLRs. But hey, you are free to post that link in various threads, someone might find it useful. The vented hoods certainly have a special look to them
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QuoteOriginally posted by 77me Quote
I was concerned that the hood might increase the shading in the corners so I am using this
Heliopan 58mm Screw-in Rubber Lens Hood 71058H B&H Photo Video hood. Can't say I noticed any difference, but I like the hood so it is still attached.
That is a horrendous price for a rubber hood. Henry's hoods are good quality and only $8.50 CA.

https://www.henrys.com/72635-CAMERON-RUBBER-LENS-HOOD-58MM.aspx

B&H, $6.95 US.

Sensei 58mm Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood LHR-58 B&H Photo Video
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Agreed, but you get what you pay for. Plus I can use the original lens cap with the hood attached. Plus if it did cause vignetting, it collapses half way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 77me Quote
Agreed, but you get what you pay for. Plus I can use the original lens cap with the hood attached.
Any rubber hood with internal threads will allow you to use the original lens cap. I have several. I don't see why the Heliopan is so pricey. Being able to collapse halfway is not useful for a prime lens, only a zoom.
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