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Lee Saxon wrote:
A question about integral hoods:
I have a 180/3.4 that has an extremely stiff, damped, feeling when extending the hood, and the hood feels rock solid when extended. I just got a 180/2 which feels a fair bit looser when extending the hood, and whose hood can rock back and forth a bit (not nearly as much as some Nikkors, but a bit) when extended. Is this normal?
Sometimes it can help.
All R-hoods have on the inner surface the felt pad, which provides the necessary friction.
You can try to moisten it with water a bit and move the hood many times, to remove excess water. Felt pad inside of the hood is completely dry in a week. Then often the hood moves much more freely.
This advice at your own risk, of course, do not need to put the lens into the shower