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02-19-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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F 35-70mm/3.5-4.5 Macro Question

I just got this lens and am really happy with my first shots. I'd like to get a hood for it, but the Pentax RH-RA49 (optional hood for this lens) has been discontinued. I was checking out hoods at B&H, and I found a hood for the F/FA 50 lenses.

The B&H site says the hoods are made for specific focal lengths, however, and the one for the 50mm lenses seems a lot longer than the discontinued one for my 35-70.

Any advice on whether the 50mm hood will work properly with my lens, or are there other options?

Thanks!

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I happily use a generic 49mm rubber foldable hood. It has enough taper to it that it doesn't vignette at 35mm.
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I happily use a generic 49mm rubber foldable hood. It has enough taper to it that it doesn't vignette at 35mm.
You mean something like this one? I certainly like the price!
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This might work well?

Pentax PH-RB49 49mm Bayonet Mount Plastic Lens Hood for 35mm FA-Lens more info
B&H #PELH35FA MFR #34796
Now this brings me to another question. I've read that lenses which don't have moving front elements like the DA18-55 can use a flower-shaped hood. But the F 35-70 front element rotates on focus. It also doesn't seem to have the connections for a bayonet mount. (Can you tell I'm a noobie?)

I noticed the DA50-200 uses a non-flower-shaped hood, yet the DA50-200WR uses a flower-shaped hood. Does this mean the front element on the DA50-200 rotates and the one on the WR doesn't?

Or is what I've read a lot of hooey, and hood shapes are simply what the manufacturer chooses?

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I almost bought this recently and I think it sold for 50$. Do people use this lens and could someone post some images?
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I almost bought this recently and I think it sold for 50$. Do people use this lens and could someone post some images?
I don't have anything (yet) that does justice to any of my lenses.

But ... in the review thread, there are a number of photos, which really got me interested in this bargain of a lens.
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Originally Posted by betaPhoto
This might work well?

Pentax PH-RB49 49mm Bayonet Mount Plastic Lens Hood for 35mm FA-Lens more info
B&H #PELH35FA MFR #34796
QuoteOriginally posted by twokatmew Quote
Now this brings me to another question. I've read that lenses which don't have moving front elements like the DA18-55 can use a flower-shaped hood. But the F 35-70 front element rotates on focus. It also doesn't seem to have the connections for a bayonet mount. (Can you tell I'm a noobie?)

I noticed the DA50-200 uses a non-flower-shaped hood, yet the DA50-200WR uses a flower-shaped hood. Does this mean the front element on the DA50-200 rotates and the one on the WR doesn't?

Or is what I've read a lot of hooey, and hood shapes are simply what the manufacturer chooses?
It doesn't work (no way to clip on) so I deleted the suggestion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dragonfly Quote
I almost bought this recently and I think it sold for 50$. Do people use this lens and could someone post some images?
These have almost no pp.


@ 35mm



~ 50mm


@ 70mm



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BTW, this is a nice compact little lens. The closeup feature is a bonus. Its so small that its almost like using an IF lens. I sold mine recently because it wasn't getting used much due to the DA 35, FA 50, and FA 77mm.
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BTW, this is a nice compact little lens. The closeup feature is a bonus. Its so small that its almost like using an IF lens. I sold mine recently because it wasn't getting used much due to the DA 35, FA 50, and FA 77mm.
Yes! And with a Raynox DCR-150 (or -250) on the end, you can get even closer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dragonfly Quote
I almost bought this recently and I think it sold for 50$. Do people use this lens and could someone post some images?
F 35-70/3.5-4.5

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