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05-07-2015, 07:41 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
I've seen mixed reviews on the non-Pentax versions which are much cheaper...
I had ordered one of these off of EBay, when I bought the lens here, not knowing it came with the Pentax hood. The one from China looks exactly like the Pentax one, including the filter window. Same quality as far as I can tell. Perhaps it was just luck on this one!

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as an alternative, this hood works with the 18-55mm lens:

Vello 52mm Snap-on Tulip Lens Hood (Version II) LHS-52II B&H

but I rarely use a hood on that lens; on the 50-200mm lens, I use a Kalt screw in metal hood:

Kalt 49mm Metal Lens Hood NPMLH49 B&H Photo Video
An odd but practical advantage of plastic is that if there is an impact, it will break, but not transmit the damage to the lens. With a stronger metal hood, I've found the hood will survive an impact, but then bend and damage the expensive lens. For years I never understood why the hot shoe on shoe-mounted flash units were so easily broken until I realized that a broken flash unit is cheaper to fix or replace than a damaged camera hot-shoe or pentaprism.

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