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10-24-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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DA* 50-135mm lens hood

Hey, I've got the DA* 50-135mm, and the lens hood no longer clicks on securely. I've only had it for about 8 months, and it gets used alot, but this feels like premature wear to me. It seems like the plastic parts on the hood that click over the bump to lock it on are worn down. It just kind of spins on loosely and doesn't fasten, to the point that I've stopped using it because it randomly fall of if I have it over my shoulder or hanging off something. Has this happened to anyone before? I would assume Pentax will replace it, but I don't want to have to send in the whole lens and hood just for them to tell my the hood was junk, and send me a new one. Thanks.

10-24-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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I don't think you can apply warranty to wear and tear.

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10-24-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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Well, I wouldn't call that wear and tear. I would call it premature failure. If this product is only good for 8 months of semi-pro use, then that's a joke.
10-24-2009, 03:15 PM   #4
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This is common with bayonet plastic lens hoods irregardless of whichever brand of lenses used. The professional workaround is using gaffer tape to always secure the hood.

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I"ve seen that done before, and was considering it, but with the 50-135, the focus ring goes right to the end of the barrel, so there's nothing to tape the hood to. The 200 or 300 primes, you could do that, but not this. I'll see what they say,and worse case, I'll buy another hood. They're not much. I was just wondering if this was common.
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It doesn't surprise me -- doesn't feel the sturdiest, although I have to say that the DA *16-50 hood seems to be flimsier and more likely to wear out.
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Someone suggested here in another thread to apply a small amount of super glue where the bumps were previously on the lens. As long as you're careful and let it dry that sounded like a smart solution to me.

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