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Lens Hood Trouble

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I've had to put the ring back in my black hood (came with a used 35 SX) twice.  There is one deeper notch on the inside of the hood and one bigger lug on the outside bottom edge of the holding ring that goes inside the hood.  It seems clear that the lug goes into the notch to position it correctly.  It is also important to get the ring in deep enough but not too deep.  My most recent try seems to have been too deep, so that I can't get it to turn far enough to lock in shooting position.  LockTite would seem to be the best glue, since it is intended to connect metal to metal and to give under a certain amount of stress. 

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I like a minimalistic hood. I can leave this hood on and still get the camera into the bag. You cannot attach the lens cap of course but if I am out shooting, I do not have one on anyway. Not sure if you can screw it into a filter and still not have vignette. The hood actually came well packaged in a small box unlike a lot of items from China that are just put in an envelope. FWIW.

Very helpful...all of you.

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My dealer in Ranch Mirage California says that he assures me Leica will expedite a brand new hood that works.

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Do any of you do-it-yourselfers have a process for the glueing, where to place it and how to drop the plastic connector into the correct place in the hood? Please.

 

My Leica source, in Rancho Mirage, California, is sending me a new perfect hood.  

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My Leica source, in Rancho Mirage, California, is sending me a new perfect hood.  

 

Thats great and what should be happening...!

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My 35 Summilux hood also fell apart, which appears to be a common problem. Leica Manchester were happy to replace it; they said they had replaced a few.

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Thats great and what should be happening...!

Turns out that I must go through the process or do you all recommend self-glueing. ??

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Turns out that I must go through the process or do you all recommend self-glueing. ??

 

So they are not sending you a new hood?

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I have to send it to The fix it shop in New Jersey. They will put it back together if it hasn’t been dropped.

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While we are on the subject of hoods, does anyone know where I can get a ventilated lens hood for the 18-56 TL? Nothing wrong with the hood that came with the lens, I just like the look of the ventilated hood

 

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There are plenty of screw in vented versions on eBay. I bought one for my M35 cron a while back. They are metal and very well made and cheap

Edited by Bill W

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I had the same problem with the 60 mm and 35mm lens hoods. Leica NJ repaired them quickly no charge, no shipping. Since the repair I’ve had no problems and use them all the time.

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Just got my hood for the 35mm 1.4 returned from Leica's New Jersey fix-it shop. The inner plastic had separated from the aluminum.  Works perfectly and of course no charge. The whole process took about one month.

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Lucky you, Al.

I’ve now been waiting for Leica to replace mine for 6 months via my London dealer. I’ve been told that it will be at least December before they send out replacements.

This is terrible service.

Tim

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The problem is that the end of the lens fits into the inner ring from one side when folded back, and that side is reached directly, but when the hood is in its working position, the inner ring must fit tightly and be aligned correctly with the hood for the projections on the end of the lens to find the right places to lock into.  Any slippage and they don't mesh.  I have tried to fix the hood on my 35 CL lens twice (bought used, so I can't ask Leica) twice and am about to try a third time.  Without the hood in the way, the inner ring attaches in either direction, but that's not good enough.

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As I hate to feel left out, I noticed only this week that the hood on my 23mm TL is starting to weaken on the join. Not pleased. But the lens remains stellar!

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Just to add to the list, the two component parts of the hood for my 35mm lens separated and the dealer replaced the hood.

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Damn, what a can of worms. I hope my fixed hood stays fixed. 

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It is worth saying however that in my six or so years with Leica - in which time I've variously owned and used an M3, M6, M9, CL and M-D along with various Leica lenses - a slightly wobbly lens hood is the first problem I've encountered.  Not such a bad record really.

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