Beginner has lens hood question

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CathyJ
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Beginner has lens hood question
Mar 31, 2013

I've recently graduated from point&shoot to a Sony A57.  It came w/ 2 kit lenses.  The bigger Tamron lens came with a hood, but the Sony 3.5-5.6/18-55 did not come with a hood.  I do a lot of hiking and outdoor photos and quickly realized I need a hood for this lens.  I've looked at Amazon and Ebay and it is overwhelming which one to get.

Is this what I need?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/55MM-Flower-Lens-Hood-for-SONY-18-55mm-75-300mm-A55-A290-A580-A560-/170855660011?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c7ca79eb#ht_2904wt_1134

I prefer not to buy one that has to be shipped from overseas (many are from Hong Kong and China).

I welcome any suggestions of elsewhere to buy, or alternate hood that might be needed.  Also, I purchased a Sony DT 2.8/30 macro lens.  I haven't used it yet, but will I need a hood for it?  I'll do a lot of blooms, bugs, and tiny critter photos with it.

Cathy

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Peter A. Stavrakoglou
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In reply to CathyJ, Mar 31, 2013

The hood you linked to on eBay is a "universal" hood - it screws onto the lens thread like a filter would.  It will work fine.  I prefer a hood that mounts to the hood mount, not the lens threads and it's for two reasons: 1) I can mount the hood backwards on the lens when not in use so it won't take up the extra space it would with a mounted hood, and 2) the hood will attach easier and quicker when it attaches to the proper hood mount.  This is the hood I would buy (it is from China, though):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lens-Hood-for-Sony-NEX-3-NEX-5-NEX-5N-NEX-7-SH112-18-55mm-f-3-5-5-6-16mm-F2-8-/170787783061?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c3bec195

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In reply to Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Mar 31, 2013

I'm glad you pointed that out to me, I didn't realize it didn't go on the hood mount.  I already have a lens filter attached so that hood wouldn't have worked.  I suppose I can choose one from China, I won't be out a lot of money if it doesn't get here.

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In reply to CathyJ, Mar 31, 2013

If your front element rotates when zooming or focusing than a petal shaped hood won't work......perhaps this is the hood you need, but I'd read the reviews first........
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/625947-REG/Sony_ALCSH108_ALC_SH108_Lens_Hood.html

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In reply to CathyJ, Apr 1, 2013

CathyJ wrote:

I'm glad you pointed that out to me, I didn't realize it didn't go on the hood mount.  I already have a lens filter attached so that hood wouldn't have worked.  I suppose I can choose one from China, I won't be out a lot of money if it doesn't get here.

As far as already having a filter on the lens, you also might have threads on the filter so you could use the hood you linked to.

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In reply to CathyJ, Apr 6, 2013

Hi, I too hike and have reduced my equipment to the minimum, but still use a DSLR (Nikon D5100).  I have 18-55, 55-200 and 35 lenses all with the same filter thread of 52mm. I opted to buy one collapsible, rubber wide angle hood (for the 18-55) and one collapsible normal rubber hood (for the 35 and 55-200). I also use a protect filer when necessary (although hood also does a good job of protecting the lens element) and a polarizing filer; both 52mm screw in. The filters have front threads so I screw the filter to the lens and then the hood. Never had any issues with vignetting, even at 18mm.  Pro: a simple, small and light weight set. Con: have to screw everything to the front of the lens. For me the pro outweighs the con.

You can get these cheap, collapsible rubber hoods on Amazon. Hope that helps.

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In reply to Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Apr 10, 2013

I bought this lens hood and there is no way it will attach to my 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAL1855 lens.  It's not a big deal because I'm not out a lot of money, but is there something I don't know?  The diameter of the lens hood is the same as the diameter of the lens or the filter.  I can't get past them to the hood mount.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lens-Hood-for-Sony-NEX-3-NEX-5-NEX-5N-NEX-7-SH112-18-55mm-f-3-5-5-6-16mm-F2-8-/170787783061?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c3bec195#ht_1727wt_900

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In reply to CathyJ, Apr 10, 2013

Never mind.  I found out this lens hood is for the E mount, not the A mount.

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