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55-200 with a modified and nicer looking lense hood

Discussion in 'Fuji X-Mount Lens Forum' started by Morten Mitchell Larød, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Morten Mitchell Larød

    Morten Mitchell Larød Well-Known Member

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    The original lense hood on the 55-200 was way to long. Solution: I cut of 25mm (1") and got a much nicer looking kit. Took some flare test shots on a tripod with and without the hood - no difference what so ever.

    My stealthy X-T2 with the 55-200 and modified hood attached.

    PS
    For the observant: The o-ring is there for preventing zoom creep.

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    Did you ever see zoom creep happen with that lens? I have an XF55-200 and I can't make it creep if I try. It takes a fair (but not excessive) amount of effort to turn the zoom ring and it has always stayed put for me.

    The effort reflects that five separate element groups move independently when you turn the zoom ring. There's a metal barrel inside with five different helical profiles machined into it. (With all that going on, it's impressive that it takes as little effort as it does to zoom.) Lensrentals.com took the lens apart and has pics at Please login to view links
     
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    Define "way too long"? Presumably you mean aesthetically? Because in an real sense "too long" would mean so long that you get vignetting - and I don't believe that's the case here. Purely from a looks pov it has never bothered me - but if you prefer it cut down then that's all the really matters I guess.
     
  4. Rand47

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    +1 I suspect somewhere along the line an actual engineer designed this lens hood. Given that companies will go to great lengths to save even small fractions of materials costs, I'm guessing that the hood design reflects the minimum amout of material they thought would do an adequate job.

    I "get" that we like to customize our stuff, though . . .

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    I actually use a metal 62mm threaded shade from heavystar.
    It's only about 40mm deep overall.
    Have not noticed any flare issues.
    The factory shade is quite deep while being both strong and liggtweight.
    Still it's too big.

    My lens also has a very firm zoom ring. No zoom creep at all.
    The ring provides quite a bit of feedback with even a bit of what I consider resistance toward the middle range.
    Maybe it needs service. Not overly obsesses, ... I'll wait until there is a true failure.
     
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    The hood is probably as efficient as it can be for a zoom, it doesnt vignette at 55 so it can't be very efficient at 200 even without shortening. I cant see the problem, its a big lens anyway compared to other Fujis (although very compact compared to equivalents for dslrs) and you can leave it off if you want, it reverses for putting away.
    As for zoom creep, I have never known a lens that is so stiff to zoom, but its worth it for the quality.

    Gerry
     
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    Due to space considerations in my bag, I've been using the lens hood for my 56 f1.2 lens on both that and my 55-200mm. Seems to work fine. Its about 15mm shorter than the one for the 55-200mm.
     
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    Morten Mitchell Larød Well-Known Member

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    Would I have an o-ring on my lense if the barrel didn't creep? No. My lense is butter smooth rotating the zoom, but it creeps. Prefer that instead of having a dead stiff zoom ring. I tried two at the shop and chose my sample because of this.
     
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    Sorry Morten,
    looks nice but far from stealthy...
     
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    I'm tempted to test for flare with no lens hood!
     
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    I've done som testing and found the lense to be very flare resistant. One of the reasons why I cut the hood.
     
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    No creep on mine but I like the sawed off hoodie, LOL.
     
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    But the hood reverses, so apart from making the lens a tiny bit fatter it doesn't take up any room at all?

    Gerry
     
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    It's not just overt flare prevention. The len's contrast performance benefits from limiting non-focused light from entering the barrel.

    Rand
     
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    I am used to hoods on 500mm f4 or the 300mm f2.8. Everything else are tiny in comparison.
     
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    I use the Fuji LH-XF23 hood on mine (and also on the 56mm f1.2), ok so its less efficient but the Fuji lenses seem pretty flare resistant anyway.
     

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