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Good day!    

Just received a gift of "Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH Lens", not familiar with it yet... but seeing while it's lens hood can be locked in firmly on the forward way, however can NOT be locked, or fit tight on the reverse way...   Is it by design?  Can this lens hood fit by not to move loosely on the reverse way, or it is not designed for reverse fit/lock on the lens?   

In a second question, this lens-hook is big compared to the lens (23mm/f2), how many of you do use the hood on this lens?  Or you mostly use the lens without this bulky hood?    

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Lucky owner. Regarding locking the hood in reverse position, in general I have found when new there is resistance to being locked. It does ease with repeated use.

Not able to answer your second question.

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it gets easier with time

I'm old school and always use the hood😀 this one is no exception

best

George

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Do you use the hood because of flair reductions or lens protection? Maybe both 🙂

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32 minutes ago, Alex U. said:

Do you use the hood because of flair reductions or lens protection? Maybe both 🙂

I am a strong advocate of using lens hoods, whenever possible. They remain fitted, when possible, even specifying and adapting my many cases to accommodate them. That is how seriously I believe in their value to my photography. Flare can occcur any time with any lens. The hood provides good protection. Occasionally I use my hand, a friend, or neigbouring buildings and trees to augment my defences against flare.

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I posted this in another thread about hoods for the 18-56. The same hood works on the 23 and provides adequate protection and flare avoidance. FWIW

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When mounting the native hood in reverse you need to start 90° offset from the forward position - I line up the "Leica 23mm" text with the top of the lens IIRC

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11 hours ago, Alex U. said:

Do you use the hood because of flair reductions or lens protection? Maybe both 🙂

I care more about flare than about lens protection. Lenses are tools to be used, not mollycoddled 😉

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11 hours ago, Alex U. said:

Do you use the hood because of flair reductions or lens protection? Maybe both 🙂

I care more about flare than about lens protection. Lenses are tools to be used, not mollycoddled 😉

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I used two bodies to shoot this parade, two lenses, 35 f1.4 & 85 f1.2 (yes they were canons) 

Lost one body to the rain that night, but what the hell  I shot some half decent images and none had flare :)

 

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On 11/1/2018 at 6:52 AM, Bill W said:

I posted this in another thread about hoods for the 18-56. The same hood works on the 23 and provides adequate protection and flare avoidance. FWIW

 

That looks very much like the standard Nikon lens hood for a Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI lens, which would fit fine since it's also 52mm thread. :)

Given all the reports of problems with the Leica clip on hoods, I'd just buy and use a screw in metal hood like that and leave the Leica hood in the box. And yes: I always use a lens hood for lens protection, reduced flare, and better overall contrast. To me, a lens hood is vital part of a good lens. 

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Dear yst, I found the same dilemma. My solution is to turn the reversed lens hood till you find the next notch round the barrel, then twist. It annoyed me at first, but a delicate touch without forcing gets it to click home by trial and error. Incidentally, the 18mm lens, Leica says, is designed whereby it doesn’t need any lens hood. I read this somewhere in an official Leica page.

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