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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


IMO, the biggest rip-off for camera gear is the price of lens hoods. Up to $1,000 for a piece of metal or plastic, with maybe a set-screw, or just a threaded end.

For those who carry their gear through bush while shooting handheld, you probably know how easily the hood can be knocked off by bushes, branches, etc. Sometimes you don't even know it was knocked off.

Now if you are a lens diva, this method may not appeal to you if you worry about what your gear looks like. I could care less what the temporary covering or attachments on my lenses look like. I use them for taking photos.

The hood on my Nikon 200-500 has just enough room in the small slots to thread a stretchy cord through. This is then tied to an elastic band around the lens body. This allows some movement, but will still remain attached to the hood should if fall off. If your hood does not have slots or a hole for a cord to go through, you could driill a hole, or just put an elastic band around the hood also.

Don't believe a lens hood can cost $1,000? Then how about $999?

Nikon 800mm:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/918854-REG/nikon_4985_hk_38_lens_hood_for.html

Or you can buy the cheapo Canon one for $699. Canon 800mm:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763757-REG/Canon_4415B001_Lens_Hood_for_EF.html

Cross-posted to the Canon Forum.












Sep 23, 2017 at 12:59 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


For those that are not as mechanically inclined as you Tony, they can use a lens cap keeper:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&O=&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C%7Bcreative%7D%2C%7Bkeyword%7D&gclid=CjwKCAjw6ZLOBRALEiwAxzyCW__UaJskv26t43W1qA1WYx4XIhbnphwJKnVM_enim8uookVqRpocahoCu3wQAvD_BwE&is=REG&m=Y&sku=834774

Your idea will clearly save people thousands of dollars by avoiding losing their lens hood.

Morris



Sep 23, 2017 at 01:21 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Dummy cording is a wise practice for expensive things that could fall and get damaged or lost.




Sep 23, 2017 at 01:35 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Not a bad idea especially for the terrible 200-500 lens hood. I've almost lost that thing off my kayak a bunch of times. I think I will give this a try for that lens in particular. The big prime hoods get screwed on so tight I've never even seen one loosen on my lenses. The 100-400II has a very nice locking mechanism and also I've never had it loosen. But that 200-500 is another story

Of course the price of $53 for the 200-500 replacement hood isn't all that bad all things considered.... https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1175270-REG/nikon_4148_hb_71_bayonet_lens_hood.html



Sep 23, 2017 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


morris wrote:
For those that are not as mechanically inclined as you Tony, they can use a lens cap keeper:

Morris


Yeah, that might work, although the adhesive-backed disc is designed to go on a flat surface, not a convex one.



Sep 23, 2017 at 02:16 AM
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I guess that must be a common problem for the 200-500 as I've been out with two different people who used electrical tape to hold it on. When they unpacked their lens and mounted the hood they went around a couple of times with the tape. Thankfully I haven't had any trouble with hoods falling off so far despite spending lots of time walking through the brush.


Sep 23, 2017 at 11:40 AM
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What are you using for the neoprene type hood cover?


Edited on Sep 24, 2017 at 02:21 PM · View previous versions



Sep 23, 2017 at 12:36 PM
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SSISteve wrote:
What are you suing for the neoprene type hood cover?


Wow, I never knew that a neoprene type hood cover is illegal in some parts, that one can be sued for using it.




Sep 23, 2017 at 01:00 PM
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Greg Lavaty wrote:
I guess that must be a common problem for the 200-500 as I've been out with two different people who used electrical tape to hold it on. When they unpacked their lens and mounted the hood they went around a couple of times with the tape. Thankfully I haven't had any trouble with hoods falling off so far despite spending lots of time walking through the brush.


Duct tape for me. Better adhesive than electrical tape.



Sep 23, 2017 at 01:47 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Gaffers tape, here.


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Photozack81 wrote:
Dummy cording is a wise practice for expensive things that could fall and get damaged or lost.



So that's why I am tied up....




Sep 23, 2017 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


$1400 lens... $55 hood...
$16,000 lens $1000 hood...

Sounds about right....



Sep 23, 2017 at 03:18 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Luckily for me so far the hoods for the big prime lenses are pretty well attached. I have accidentally whacked mine pretty hard a few times on accident and none have fallen off yet. I guess you get a little more for your $1000.

monochrome wrote:
$1400 lens... $55 hood...
$16,000 lens $1000 hood...

Sounds about right....




Sep 23, 2017 at 03:29 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Thanks for the tip! Agreed, with the cost of these things they should be more secure. Even the cheaper OEM ones are expensive, for what they are IMO, to lose.


Sep 23, 2017 at 03:44 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Well, the 200-500mm lens hood is about the flimsiest and most poorly fitting of any Nikon hood that I've had experience with. It was, in small part, the reason I ended up keeping the Sigma 150-600mm Sport over the Nikon when I was comparing the two side-by-side. Besides the fact that I could use the Sigma as a jack to change a tire on my Jeep.


Sep 23, 2017 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


I've got a good collection of those rubber bands, they come around a bundle of asparagus and are handy for a lot of things. What I have noticed, however, is that they deteriorate pretty rapidly and crumble if left in the sun a lot.





Sep 23, 2017 at 04:01 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Here another tip that can save the shooting day.
On my Nikon 500mm is the lens hood attached through a kind of lock that is moving up and down by turning a knob.
That whole locking system stands or falls with that little circlips on the inside. If this is lost is there no way to keep the lens cap in place (with the exception of gaffer tape).
For that reason do I have under the neoprene protection of the good two circlips held in place under some scotch tape. Learned that the hard way.
Cost: a few cents only



Sep 23, 2017 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


SSISteve wrote:
What are you suing for the neoprene type hood cover?


I guess that is a typo, and you mean "using"?

I buy sheets of neoprene and use it for a variety of things. Seams can be glued or sewn.

One supplier: http://www.seattlefabrics.com/Neoprene-Foams_c_17.html



Sep 23, 2017 at 05:05 PM
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John_T wrote:
I've got a good collection of those rubber bands, they come around a bundle of asparagus and are handy for a lot of things. What I have noticed, however, is that they deteriorate pretty rapidly and crumble if left in the sun a lot.


Yeah, cheap rubber versus more expensive rubber. No big cost to change them often.



Sep 23, 2017 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Spend about 10 cents to save maybe up to $1,000.


Perhaps Nikon needs to reintroduce the integrated metal hoods (180 f/2.8, 105/135 DC, 300 f/4 AF, etc)


Sep 23, 2017 at 05:58 PM
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