Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/02/16

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Subject: [Leica] Re: lens hoods
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 08:15:15 -0800
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At 04:05 PM 2/16/01 +0100, Julian Thomas wrote:
>I realise how far I've come taking all things leica for granted (bashing the
>things, swinging them off my shoulder etc) when I saw a guy at a  demo with
>a brand new M6 and coupla lenses. The guy wanted to get close with his new
>28 but couldn't help cuddling it at the same time. The only time I worry now
>is when the damn lens hood on the 50 summilux collapses everytime someone
>hits it. Why can't leica design decent lens hood/caps. Anyone else hate the
>35 summilux asph lens cap?

Actually no.

I really really like the 35/1.4 ASPH lens hood and rubber cap. I've had it,
on my black M6 since the beginning of that model, carried it over my
shoulder, around my neck, for thousands of rolls, over half the world,
without a trace of a complaint.

On the other shoulder is my chrome M6 with the latest model 50/1.4 and I
have absolutely no problem with the built-in shade. I hear folks
occasionally complain about these things and personally, cannot fathom what
the problem is.

I have a LOT of Leica lenses with built-in hoods and I love them all. And I
especially like the 35/1.4 ASPH and 24/2.8 ASPH hoods as you have a hood
always on and an easily removable and pocketable cap for when photographing.

What do you folks keep hitting your lens on? My cameras and lenses don't
"hit" anything. Maybe my arm. I certainly don't hit someone else with it.
If one is in a situation where other people and things are hitting one's
camera and lens, the least one should do is put the lens cap on. The proper
thing is to get the hell out of that situation. Not be there in the first
place is the best answer.


Replies: Reply from John Gong <> ([Leica] Re: lens hoods)
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