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Lens hoods with caps

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Qwerty, May 5, 2012.

  1. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

    67
    Jan 15, 2012
    Canada
    I've always been a serious user of lens hoods on all my lenses since my large format and medium format days, where you learned about optical theory and the importance of lens hoods. I thought I would share some of my lens hoods that I'm using these days on my m4/3 lenses.

    Initially I went with those cool looking vented lens hoods for the rangefinder look, but I've now moved back to solid metal hoods as they provide the ultimate in dust protection. These metal hoods that I'm using are typically found on ebay for around $5 or so, I've paired them up with lens caps that I have. Typically a lens cap thats a few sizes larger provides a good fit resulting in a totally protected and sealed lens.

    Panasonic 14mm f2.5
    This is a 46mm hood, but it's quite small in width and matches the lens diameter perfectly. It's this one:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/46mm-metal-...044?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b2d59fb4
    I'm using a 49mm lens cap
    Pan14mm_whood.

    Sigma 30mm f2.8
    Although this is also a 46mm hood, it's the more common wider one than the one I used on the Panasonic 14mm. This wider hood matches the width of the 30mm perfectly.
    Here is one of these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Metal-4...166?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ec9a5a26
    I'm using a 58mm lens cap
    Sigma30mm_wcap.

    Olympus 45mm f1.8
    Tried the JJC silver clone hood of the Olympus original hood, found it too large and wide, plus a lens cap could not fit the front. Found a nice 39mm metal hood and purchased a 37mm to 39mm step-up-ring. Perfect small package now and my Panasonic lens cap from the 14mm provides a nice firm fit.
    Here is one of these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Metal-3...255?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebbdc4f67
    37mm to 39mm step up ring is this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/37mm-39mm-3...t=US_Filter_Rings_Holders&hash=item2a06fa1bda
    I'm using a 46mm lens cap
    Oly45mm_whood.

    Olympus 100mm f2.8 OM MC
    I'm using a 55mm tele hood with a step up ring because I had one lying around, but you can get a 49mm tele hood (it has the same diameter as this one), see: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Metal-T...821?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ec734cb5
    I'm using a 58mm lens cap
    Oly100mm_whood.
     
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  2. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Cool, those look nice. If you had links to the proper fitting hoods handy, I'm sure it would be much appreciated.
     
  3. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    I''m seriously considering switching to those. This week I shot the Konica 28mm/1.8 for a night firing of an wood fired kiln. I definitely could have used a deep metal hood like these. Its rubber hood was worthless.

    Fortunately I had the Cosmicar 22.5-90mm/1.5 with its recently modified hood which surpassed all expectations. It's not as elegant as your, but very functional.

    100mm_dia_drainage_pipe_reducer_hood.
     
  4. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

    67
    Jan 15, 2012
    Canada
    That is one very functional hood Crdome.

    I've edited the original post to include details of the hoods and lens caps that I used as requested.

    If anyone else has good lens hood solutions for m4/3 lenses, feel free to post them here.
     
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  5. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Konica 21mm/f4 hood

    Qwerty,

    This is an interesting Konica concept for the Hexanon 21mm. The hood is rather like a slip-on lenscap with a rectangular hole the size of the image crop. If anyone has this, please PM the dimensions of the hood's inner diameter and its cut-out.

    21F4Hood.

    -http://www.buhla.de/Foto/Konica/Objektive/e21_4.html
     
  6. MartinOcando

    MartinOcando Mu-43 Regular

    42
    Apr 3, 2012
    Panama
    Very good idea. I'm still using the vented hoods on my Panny 20mm 1.7 and Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm 2.4. I'm using 52 and 58mm caps respectively, but they do get dust from time to time.
    I might end up don't the same thing you are doing.
     
  7. rusteel

    rusteel Mu-43 Regular

    106
    Mar 15, 2011
    Kansas City, KS
    can i purchase this hood or similar at Amazon.com?
     
  8. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
  9. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    637
    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Dennis
    I have been using the heavy star ones. They're pretty avg/well made. I got those, rather than the hoods+caps separate, which would have been cheaper- but virtually no one lists the dimensions for the hoods, so I'd have to get the hood, measure it then order the cap. I was a bit too impatient for that... although I have a ton of caps laying around from over the years.

    I used to use the vented ones, but did the same and went to solid metal for dust reasons. I used to only use UV filters etc, but decided to minimize the extra glass in front, mainly because those µ4/3 modern lenses are just too nice to have anything in front of it.
     
  10. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Cool hood, but IMO one of the main virtues of the 14mm is its diminutive size, and by adding a lens hood--even if it marginally improves contrast--seems to defeat the purpose. Especially since these, unlike the ones provided with some of the lenses (14-45, 45-175) can't be stored on the lens in an inverted position. But to each his/her own!
     
  11. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    That's basically how I feel, particularly with the pancake lenses, a hood sort of defeats the lens' purpose. It makes me feel like this:

    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFgAORdRUf4]Raging Bull - "About a Steak" - YouTube[/ame]

    So, the compromise I've struck is using these collapsible rubber hoods on my pancakes. If you're really concerned about fighting flare, you can go with a deeper one like this.
     
  12. rusteel

    rusteel Mu-43 Regular

    106
    Mar 15, 2011
    Kansas City, KS
    thanks for the quick replies/suggestions. appreciate it much.
     
  13. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    637
    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Dennis
    Oh, except for when I owned the 20mm + 14mm pancakes. Putting hoods on them always seemed a little silly, and they really didn't need them under most situations. I just used the plain lens caps they came with.