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08-28-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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Reversible lens hoods

I use mainly fixed focal length manual focus lenses with 49mm & 52mm filter threads.
I prefer to use reversible plastic or metal lens hoods when possible.
Pentax models work fine but they're expensive and hard to find.

Do the Sigma "Perfect" petal-shaped hoods fit reversed also?
Are there any other brands you can recommend?

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I have a 'Perfect' hood for my Sigma Mini-Wide II - it is a clip-on hood, not a bayonet or screw-in hood; it will not attach to the lens reversed...
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The Pentax hoods to which I refer are the square plastic clip-on hoods
originally sold for use with earlier K/M/A series manual focus lenses.
These can be stowed in reverse on the lens, convenient for storage.

Some Nikon clip-on hoods are reversible as well, but they can be pricey.

If the Sigma cannot be mounted reversed that's a disappointment.
They seem to be readily available and fairly inexpensive used.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Some Nikon clip-on hoods are reversible as well, but they can be pricey.
Remember the secondhand market too... I managed to pick one up recently for my "Special Lady" for just $6.50.

Lets be honest... a lens hood is a lens hood, provided in clips or screws on, your good to go.

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Lets be honest... a lens hood is a lens hood, provided in clips or screws on, your good to go.

But with a reverse-mounted lens hood my camera with lens fits easier in my camera bag.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
But with a reverse-mounted lens hood my camera with lens fits easier in my camera bag.
No what I meant to convey and obviously failed miserably, with a lens hood, it's a simple thing, so there's no worries like in buying second hand lenses.

This Nikon HS-2 50/2 I bought for the "Special Lady" is one of the reversible types, it has both a clip on and screw in arrangement.
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But with a reverse-mounted lens hood my camera with lens fits easier in my camera bag.

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I like adding a hood with a cap - so the hood just stays on. This is not always easy to do but it works well where it is possible.

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You can also google "Make your own lens hoods" and get lots of ideals. One of them is Free printable cardboard lens hoods. While these are not reversible, if you use Velcro to hold them together they will lay flat when not using. Also, depending on the type of lens, when trying to photograph through glass it's easier to hold a paper or rubber hood against the glass to reduce reflections and not effect lens settings.
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This Nikon HS-2 50/2 I bought for the "Special Lady" is one of the reversible types, it has both a clip on and screw in arrangement.

Do you have a 35mm focal length lens? If so does the HS-2 vignette on it?
Some hoods for 50mm are fairly shallow.

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As mentioned Nikon hoods HS-7,9 (and possibly/likely any of the HS-# hoods) are snap on/can be reversed, and the nice thing is reversed you can also put on a Nikon lens cap (the older ones with push tab on one side work this way). These are originally for 50mm lens FL. They also made HS hoods for 85mm and 105 mm FL's. The following site has data on most older Nikon hoods < Nikon Lens Hood Specifications - Rick Housh >

For wider FL the takumar square 28 mm f/3.5 clamp on hood can be reversed, and as I recall the 24 mm hood is also a clamp on and thus can be reversed.

For all the above sometimes a filter ring (remove the glass) can be useful, or needed--where a step up/down ring is used.

---------- Post added 08-28-16 at 02:09 PM ----------

About the 35mm lens. I tried the HS-9 Nikon hood on my 35mm f/2 SMC (K) lens and it does not vignette (on a 1.5x cropped sensor), and it reverses fine. Couldn't find my HS-7 hood to try but I would think it would also be OK (as I recall it is a shallower hood).

Correction--per the above (late) Rick Housh compilation of NIkon hoods, the HS-7 is deeper (and wider), although still likely to be OK on 35mm lens; however, I still haven't found mine to check it.

Last edited by dms; 08-28-2016 at 08:17 PM. Reason: Added correction for HS-7 vs HS-9 dimensions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Pentax models work fine but they're expensive and hard to find.
Chris, I had purchased a pre-owned Pentax lens, and didn't think it came with a hood. I bought a "no-name" on E-Bay for much less than the "authentic" name hood. Well, the lens did come with the Pentax hood. When I got the no-name one, I could not tell the difference whatsoever; even had the filter window. Only difference, one said Pentax.
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The inexpensive knockoffs look fine but are sold only for current Pentax AF models.
Hoods designed to fit my old Pentax manual focus lenses are long discontinued.

I currently use collapsible rubber hoods. They are adequate as lens shades.
But I'd like to upgrade to rigid hoods for better protection against impact.

So far the Nikon HS-2 may be closest to what I'm looking for in 52mm.
I may pick one up as I do own the 50/2 Nikkor lens it was designed for.

And if it vignettes a bit we do have a bench grinder in the shop at work...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
The inexpensive knockoffs look fine but are sold only for current Pentax AF models. Hoods designed to fit my old Pentax manual focus lenses are long discontinued.
Darn Chris, I didn't know that. That is a shame.
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Do you have a 35mm focal length lens?
Sorry Chris can't help with that one as I don't own a 35mm... yet.
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I ordered the Nikon HS-6 snap-on lens hood instead.
It's also designed for the 50/2 Nikkor but is 5mm shallower.
BTW for this item KEH was much cheaper than eBay.

Now to find something similar in 49mm...

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