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06-28-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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Better hood for DA12-24?

Does anyone have a line on a tried and true hood for the DA12-24mm lens? I am not sold on the plastic petal model that comes with the lens. Firstly because it doesn't seem strong enough and secondly because it doesn't protect so well from flare coming in the side of the lens.

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Robin, I have the 12-24 but it's often with a CPL on it, since I am using it in bright lighting conditions handheld or landscape w/tripod otherwise.

Is your shooting technique or lighting options precluding using a CPL? Works quite well for cutting down on lens flare.

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Is your shooting technique or lighting options precluding using a CPL? Works quite well for cutting down on lens flare.
I actually have a 77mm CPL, since I was smart enough (for once) to buy this size and use stop-down rings with previous lenses. Although in fact changing those rings was a pain in the butt. Now I have such a large diameter lens it might come in handy.

But...

How the heck do you adjust it? The hood does not have the handy finger window that all the other Pentax petal hoods do.
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Or do you mean you use a CPL and no hood? Not sure I'd do that, since it exposes the CPL to harm, and that sucker is worth money!

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No sir - both are on the lens. It's not that bad to turn it with the hood on, since it's not very deep... just practice...
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No sir - both are on the lens. It's not that bad to turn it with the hood on, since it's not very deep... just practice...
My B+W doesn't turn too easily. So this will indeed require practice!

I just tried a wide angle rubber hood pressed all the way back and it caused vignetting at 12mm. I couldn't figure that out, since it doesn't extend nearly as far as the stock hood.

Then the reason for the petal shape hit me across the head. I never thought about this before but.... rectangular aspect ratio. Doh! Now I get it.
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My Tiffen CPL turns like a gem, no worries there.

You'll need the thin CPL version to avoid vignetting at 12mm. I rarely go below 14mm, but I can correct it in PP if needed.
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I actually have a hard time turning the B&W filter properly too (67mm f-pro)... it feels like there's some kind of friction when turning it. After I dropped it it's much worse :ugh: but that's totally my own dumb fault. Luckily I'm only using it for the Tamron 28-75 so putting another broken CPL filter frame behind it isn't causing vignetting, but one day I'll have to get another one once I own an ultrawide... If I can afford a Pentax full frame I'll be able to afford another CPL anyway

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I think I'm back to square one here. I don't really want to block a stop of light with the CPL. Maybe I'll invest in a plain old UV filter someday. Or find a metal petal hood.

Anyone test one of these eBay metal hoods for vignetting?
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On my 12-24, I use the lens hood that came with my 14-2.8. It does have the window for the polarizer, and it makes only one hood to carry.
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My CPL is easy to rotate too without the need for the hood window.
I did try to fit a DA 14's hood with the window on my 12-24 and it just wouldn't secure on - looked like a different thread on the lens. Don't know how you made yours happen, Yves.
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I borrowed my friend's 12-24 once and did not experience any flare even when I shoot direct into a bright burning hot sun

I only had the original hood and a Hoya Pro1 Digital Filter Protector on

At that very moment, I remembered asking myself: How they ever do that
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My CPL is easy to rotate too without the need for the hood window.
I did try to fit a DA 14's hood with the window on my 12-24 and it just wouldn't secure on - looked like a different thread on the lens. Don't know how you made yours happen, Yves.
I used an Xacto to "shave" the flanges on the filter a little . You have to be careful, because if you remove too much, it doesn't fit on the 12-24 anymore. After the "surgery", there is not too much "meat" holding the hood on the 14, so you have to be careful when installing it.
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