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PL 25 hood stowage - cunning plan

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jamespetts, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    803
    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    I am very happy with my Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens, but many people have complained about the awkward lens hood that comes with the lens and can take up valuable space in a camera bag:

    P4013543.

    P4013533.

    Unfortunately, unlike the hoods for many lenses (such as the Olympus 12mm - but at least the 25mm lens comes with a hood for free!), this hood is not reversible, making it difficult to store effectively:

    P4013536.

    However, I have devised a cunning plan. For anyone who has one of the Micro Four Thirds pancake lenses, this hood can be reversed over one of those lenses, meaning that one can store a pancake lens plus the hood in the same amount of space taken by the hood alone. (I tried this with the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, but I expect that results will be similar with the other pancake lenses). Observe:

    The 14mm lens and the hood:
    P4013538.

    Reversed (front):
    P4013540.

    Reversed (rear):
    P4013541.

    In the bag:
    P4013542.

    Of course, the hood cannot be used with the pancake lenses, but storing it this way should make much more efficient space of one's bag.
     
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  2. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    301
    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England
    A nice bit of lateral thinking! Thanks for posting.
     
  3. A 14mm? Dammit, another accesory to buy!
     
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  4. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    thanks for sharing. now I gotta buy the 25 and 14 at the same time haha!
     
  5. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    859
    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Why not? There are step-up, step down rings.
     
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  6. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Unfortunately the PL25 hood doesn't screw into the filter thread on the lens as it's one of those twist-lock type hoods.

    I use the regular 46mm vented hood for the 14, 20, PL25 and the 45/1.8 (+ 37mm - 46mmstep up ring).

    1 hood for 4 lenses. Works for me.
     
  7. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    338
    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    45mm hood doesn't work that way w/ the 20mm f/1.7 :(
     
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  8. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    859
    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Oh, it's a bayonet mount. Got it.
     
  9. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Lol....yes, bayonet mount. Freakin word slipped my mind !!

    :)
     
  10. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    859
    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    That's disappointing. Looks like it could be useful on the 14mm.
     
  11. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    803
    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    If it's properly designed for the 25mm, it would be visible in the frame on a 14mm lens. Ideally, each focal length needs its own hood, as each hood should be as close to being in the frame without actually being in the frame as possible so as maximally to protect the lens from flare.
     
  12. It's a shame that Panasonic chose not to fit the 20mm with a bayonet mount, because if you hold the PL25 hood against it there is no vignetting and it looks quite neat on the smaller lens.
     
  13. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    509
    May 12, 2011
    I can't believe no one has commented on the sheer wiliness of this plan! Quite cunning indeed...
     
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  14. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    What annoys me is that it's nearly impossible to put on/take off the 25mm lens cap while the hood is attached!!
     
  15. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2012
    Toronto
    Are you using the cap that came with it? I accidentally put the 14 cap on the 25 when the hood was attached...now that was almost impossible to get off! The 25's native cap seems to be well designed for use with the hood though.
     
  16. atomic

    atomic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 3, 2011
    Nice trick! This trick also works storing the 20mm 1.7 inside the 25mm 1.4 hood. The only difference is that you have to store the 20mm vertically, and the side edge sticks out a little bit below the bottom of the hood.
     
  17. grantb

    grantb Mu-43 Veteran

    'Tis a fairly cunning plan. Perhaps cunning enough to brush ones teeth with even... but probably not so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel.
     
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  18. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    For anyone who has one of the Micro Four Thirds pancake lenses, this hood can be reversed over one of those lenses,

    What do you do with the hood from the pancake lens :confused: or is it me.
     
  19. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    803
    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    I didn't think that there were hoods for them - wouldn't that rather defeat the point of the pancake size?
     
  20. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2012
    Toronto