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Mystery of the Century...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bill Gordon, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I wonder why Olympus did not make and/or include lens shades with the lenses for the m-4/3rds cameras?? Any thoughts??
     
  2. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    No idea, but they're pretty good for flare resistance and the ZD 14-42 lens hood actually fits the mZD 14-150.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  3. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    What 14-42mm lens hood...I didn't get one with the lens. I guess that is my argument....they didn't make a hood for that lens or the 17mm
     
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I think Brian is referring to the 4/3 version of that lens (ZD as against mZD).
     
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  5. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I understand...my question is why did they not include a lens hood with these lenses as they did with the 4/3rds lenses. That is the question...does anyone know the reasons behind this? Sorry to be such a pain in the but, but most manufacturers now do include a hood.
     
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Bill I no longer have that lens but perhaps it's the 'folding' design that precludes a hood. I know where you are coming from - all my Pana lenses (except the 20mm) came with hoods.
     
  7. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    798
    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    Lisa
    Save money = make more money selling a separate one
     
  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,
    If they include a hood with the lens, then you don't get to pay extra for it as an assessory.
     
  9. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Again, I can't understand why. I have been using Olympus from the E-10,E-20,E1, E-3 and the E-520...all with removable hoods and now with the m-4/3rds they have changed their pattern...I can't believe that it is to make more money for an accessory, not Oly, there has to be a reason.

    We have people on this panel that have a very close relationship with Olympus and I am sure that they could ask and find out why because it is a major change in their marketing policy.
     
  10. fks

    fks New to Mu-43

    7
    May 16, 2010
    SF Bay Area
    olympus doesn't even offer a hood for the kit lens, so there's no extra money to be made there :confused:

    from what i've read, those who have installed aftermarket hoods have AF problems. the motor in the lens seems to be very weak.

     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    This is true.
    I bought the hood for my 9-18, it's designed for it and works fine.
    Why wasn't it included with the lens?
     
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  12. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Bill, I will ask the question... it will be interesting if there's an answer other than 'none needed'.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  13. BartonFlyer

    BartonFlyer Mu-43 Regular

    105
    Jan 21, 2010
    Bolton, UK
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  14. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    On internally focusing lenses, a lens hood works. Not sure about the kit zoom. The focuser mechanism might not be able to handle the weight of the hood. I would imagine wide angle lenses are more susceptible to flare and those should include one.
     
  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I asked my rep why the hood wasn't included with the 9-18.
    He said the hoods weren't out of production when the lenses were starting to ship.
    I then asked why there was no cut out or space in the lens box.
    He then changed the subject.
     
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I can think of a couple reasons: 1) Cost cutting; 2) Size: If people walk around with hoods on their Pen lenses, the Pen looks larger, which makes it less appealing to others looking on.
     
  17. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Amin,
    I'd like to think you are right on the aesthetic issue.
    The financial issue bothers me.
    I have never used hoods even on my Leicas.
    The 9-18 for some reason, with me is a must have.
    The position over my shoulder puts the lens right against my arm. The hood keeps the glass away.

    So I bought the hood but felt it should have been included.
    It's not a low priced lens.

    On a side note, I have replaced the 9-18 cap 4 times already.