Petal lens hood for Nikon 18-55?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by epicwelshman, May 31, 2007.

  1. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

    epicwelshman

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    I'd like a lens hood for my 18-55mm kit lens, but I don't like the look of the Nikon branded one. I noticed on eBay that there are some petal shaped hoods which would fit my lens. They're also a lot cheaper than the Nikon one. Would a petal shape work on my lens, or would I be better off sticking with the Nikon?
    Thanks!
     
  2. hodgjy macrumors 6502

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    The reason the hood for the lens is not petal shape is because the front element rotates when focusing. When it does, the hood also rotates, and you'll get black corners in your pictures if the hood isn't wide enough. The cut-out corners won't always be in the same place if it rotates.

    In other words, don't use a petal hood on the 18-55. Stick with the Nikon one, or just buy a generic rubber screw-on hood for about $8.
     
  3. epicwelshman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    epicwelshman

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    Darn, thought this may be an issue. I just find the petal shaped hoods look so much more professional. Oh well, if I want a petal hood it looks like I'll need a snazzy new lens... shucks ;)
     

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