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05-18-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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K-r 18-55mm + 55-300mm Lens Hoods

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I am about to order a Pentax K-r DSLR package from B&H that includes an 18-55mm lens and a 55-300mm lens. The kit can be seen here.

I would really like to protect my lenses from scratches, since I'll mostly be using the camera on the go, for travel and such. I was looking at UV filters, but there's the problem with image quality. So I was looking at hoods instead.

I think the 18-55 mm lens has a 52 mm diameter. So would this wide hood be a good choice, or would this one work, too?

For the 55-300 mm lens, I believe it has a 58 mm diameter. So how does this one look?

I've heard B+W products are good. But at the same time, I've heard not all hoods fit on all cameras. So I'm not really sure on how to pick two out.

Thanks a lot!

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I have one rubber hood. I use it on my A 50 and FA 35-70. Works fine at preventing stray light, but is completely useless as far as protecting the lens from damage due to impact, because it is designed to fold in on itself so it doesn't take up space when not in use. Unless the hoods you refer to are stiff and not designed to fold, I wouldn't expect them to offer much in the way of protection.

Edit: Just took a closer look at your links, those rubber hoods do fold down. Personally, I think you're better off with plastic hoods if you want protection from damage.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MPrince Quote
I have one rubber hood. I use it on my A 50 and FA 35-70. Works fine at preventing stray light, but is completely useless as far as protecting the lens from damage due to impact, because it is designed to fold in on itself so it doesn't take up space when not in use. Unless the hoods you refer to are stiff and not designed to fold, I wouldn't expect them to offer much in the way of protection.

Edit: Just took a closer look at your links, those rubber hoods do fold down. Personally, I think you're better off with plastic hoods if you want protection from damage.
Thanks, I'll check them out. So would I be able to use these hoods with the lenses? Should I choose a wider one for the 18-55mm lens?

Edit: What I mean by the first question is, I've heard of hoods specifically for Pentax lenses. Would these third party lenses fit?
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These hoods are clones of the Pentax hoods and work fine.
Lens Hood Pentax SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 PH-RBA 58mm | eBay

PH-RBG 58mm Lens Hood Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f4-5.8 ED | eBay

Reasonable price too.

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Do an e-bay search and you will find all kinds of hard plastic lens hoods that will fit yours. Sold right here in the US
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Just a note - the purpose of a hood is not to protect against scratches. It just happens to do so to some extent. The purpose is to improve your pictures by reducing flare. Your lens cap is the protection you need while a lens is not on the camera, and just being reasonably careful is your best protection against scratches while the lens is on the camera. but the hood does mean you can don't have to be quite so careful.
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I agree with gp1806, the clones on ebay are great. I just bought this exact hood from this ebay seller and had it in 3 days: PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II lens Hood PH-RBA 52mm | eBay
These hoods can also be reversed and stay on your lens, and can be on the same time as the lens cap. They are nearly exactly like the Pentax, except for no name is imprinted. I also got a 48mm clone of the square Pentax hood.
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I'm definitely also looking at hoods to reduce glare, but I came across them when I was looking at ways to protect the lens.

Thanks a lot for the help, everyone!

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