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08-21-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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OpTech Hood Hats

I absolutely love OpTech's Hood Hats for my lenses. For convenience, I always leave the hoods on my lenses, making it very difficult to attach/detach the lens caps. These neoprene Hood Hats go over the hoods, eliminating the need for the caps; and gives very good protection from scratches, nicks on the hoods. I also have used their straps on every camera I've owned! The Hood Hats slip on/off easily, and can be folded up to put in a pocket, while camera is in use.

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This is a Montana company that makes their products on site. Nice to pickup the phone & get a "live" person to discuss something with immediately, without hitting several numbers to get to a rep.

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Those look great, Carol. I've heard of them before, but never really looked at them properly. I'd definitely have a use for those with my tele lenses
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Mike, they are really a great addition to any lens, but especially those with hoods. My most recent was the one for my Tamron 500 mirror; in the Nature design (which I really like!). It's very inconvenient for me to carry the hoods separately, and put them on/off, just to be able to attach a lens cap more easily. These hoods, solve that, and give added protection!

OpTech is a small company right here in Montana, plus their products are availble at B&H, etc.
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We bought one a few years ago for my wife's Hasselblad SWC and it is great. A tight fit but comes off easily. If I kept any other lens in a camera bag with the lens hood on I would definitely have a lens hood hat for them too.

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Glad that one's working out for you!
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I don't use them for everything, but I do have one that I use on my 300mm f4 when the hood is on it, and another that I use on a Sigma 10-20mm when I use an ultra thin polarizer that has no outer thread, so a snap cap won't work.
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Shucks, I've always just used thick, stretchy athletic socks.

You know, the mate to the one you can't find?

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Lint and all, huh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
I absolutely love OpTech's Hood Hats

Awesome products--I run a hood hat on my only tele, and it's pretty handy. Their lens wraps are nicely sized for DA Limited lenses as well.
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way to go
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I tried these and found them not quite as useful as I had hoped. I just picked up a bunch of cheap, generic pinch caps to use and still keep hoods on; with one or two exceptions, that works great. But I still have one of these hats for my 70-200 and I like that one (it's one of the aforementioned exceptions).

Now OpTech lens sleeves! Those are genius!
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Thanks for the heads up on these OpTech Hood Hats Carol. Looks like it could just be what is needed to protect the sensitive silver finish on my FA* lens hoods.
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Chuck, you are most welcome!
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I've got Hood Hats on 3 of my lenses and I really like them. I don't have to worry about accidentally bumping them and knocking them off the way I used to do when I used lens caps on the end of my hoods.
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Lint and all, huh?
Nope, but those're 'high quality' socks an' been washed at least once a year.

But did ya do a 'sniff-test' on the 500, 10-24 or 16-45?
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