CPL filter OR Lens Hood?

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Big Swifty
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CPL filter OR Lens Hood?
Jun 9, 2014

Before returning to South America I purchased a Fuji X-E1 along with the 18-55 kit and 55-200 lenses. I only purchased 62mm filters for the 55-200 along with a brass step-up ring and a cheap, collapsable rubber hood so I could use the filters with the 18-55 (which takes 58mm filters) and still be able to use a hood. Problem is, I get vignetting whenever I use the rubber hood at wider focal lengths, even when collapsed. Enough so that I don't really bother using it anymore. Not sure if a different hood would solve the problem but gear options are far fewer and more expensive here. It's cheaper to order from abroad than make a trip to Lima and hunt around for what I ultimately may not be able to find.

I'm at the point where I'm considering getting another CPL filter so I can use the hood that came with the 18-55 and only use the step-up ring for when I occasionally use my Hoya ND-400 or even less frequently the Marumi ND-8. There's a store in Hong Kong that will ship to me in S.A. a 58mm B+W Kaeseman MRC CPL for $81 or for an additional $18 the XS Pro Digital version - both of which keep me under the limit for paying Customs duties and would seem a more certain solution than a new hood which may or may not solve the problem.

In the hood vs. no hood debate I tend to fall on the side of using the hood to cut down on potential flare and to protect the lens from my occasionally clumsy self; not that I want to start that debate. Given the above situation, what would you do? Get the 58mm filter (and if so, which one?) so I can use the OEM hood, or continue to use the 62mm B+W Kaeseman MRC CPL with the step-up ring without using a hood? Most of what I shoot is outdoors - landscapes, architecture, street, etc..

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