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Hi gang,

So I just knocked my 50 Lux ASPH off a table and onto carpet. The hood was extended and took the impact, but now it won't slide back in and out. Is this something that I could possibly repair myself or will I need to send it off? Has anyone else here done this before? 

The worst part is that I didn't even end up needing it for this shoot!! It almost stayed in the drawer at home but grabbed it last minute "just in case." 

Thanks!

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2 hours ago, tedd said:

Hi gang,

So I just knocked my 50 Lux ASPH off a table and onto carpet. The hood was extended and took the impact, but now it won't slide back in and out. Is this something that I could possibly repair myself or will I need to send it off? Has anyone else here done this before? 

The worst part is that I didn't even end up needing it for this shoot!! It almost stayed in the drawer at home but grabbed it last minute "just in case." 

Thanks!

I've had the same issue. I used a pair of plumbing pliers with a cloth wrapped around the nose of the pliers & gently bent it back into shape, don't use too much force.  Make sure you use some masking or gaffer tape to secure the hood on the lens so that there's no play between the hood & the lens.

Also hold the lens from the base of the hood when you're doing this.

 

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4 hours ago, michali said:

I've had the same issue. I used a pair of plumbing pliers with a cloth wrapped around the nose of the pliers & gently bent it back into shape, don't use too much force.  Make sure you use some masking or gaffer tape to secure the hood on the lens so that there's no play between the hood & the lens.

Also hold the lens from the base of the hood when you're doing this.

Exactly what I wanted to hear, I was just too scared to try it before someone could give me the go ahead. Thank you!

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1 hour ago, tedd said:

Exactly what I wanted to hear, I was just too scared to try it before someone could give me the go ahead. Thank you!

Forgot to mention that you should also put a filter on the front of the lens to protect it in case the pliers slip or...

If you go gently & slowly you should get the hood back into shape without too much force.

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Hello tedd,

Welcome to the Forum.

Consider yourself lucky. The lens hood did 1 of the jobs that it is designed to do: It acted as a "crumple zone" absorbing a portion of the impact so that the lens that it is on is not more severely damaged. This is another example of why it is important to always use a lens hood. Even when there is not much stray light bouncing around.

Better to repair/replace a lens hood than to replace a lens element or 2.

Best Regards,

Michael

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9 hours ago, michali said:

I've had the same issue. I used a pair of plumbing pliers with a cloth wrapped around the nose of the pliers & gently bent it back into shape, don't use too much force.  Make sure you use some masking or gaffer tape to secure the hood on the lens so that there's no play between the hood & the lens.

Also hold the lens from the base of the hood when you're doing this.

 

I dont know why I am thinking this pair of pliers and my summilux are completely incompatible...🙂

I would rather try with a conical shape

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12 hours ago, tedd said:

So I just knocked my 50 Lux ASPH off a table and onto carpet.

I did exactly the same with a apo-90mm. I could 'work' the hood back into shape so that it could be retracted with much binding. Thought it would start rubbing the anodising off so sent to Wetzlar.. €600 odd from memory - can check exact cost if you want it.

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No need for a pro.  Suggest you replace it. Leica Store Miami sells the replacement hoods for $225.  Here's the link: https://leicastoremiami.com/products/leica-replacement-lens-hood-for-summilux-m-50mm-f-1-4-asph-silver-11892?variant=7003007647788

I replaced mine a few weeks ago. It took 5 minutes. You'll need a small screwdriver.  

You may find the hood doesn't slide in and out so easily once you install it.  I used a silicon-based lubricant to loosen it up.  Looks and works like new now.  

 

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Take off the screw under the hood, take off the hood and show it to an optician; they deal with metal frames their owner have sit on and some other issues so one may do a good job, possibly for free, on your hood.

In any case you will be half way to replace it with the 225USD.

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18 hours ago, michali said:

Forgot to mention that you should also put a filter on the front of the lens to protect it

Half of this forum would totally disagree and say you should NEVER use a filter to protect the lens 😄

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On 7/14/2022 at 12:56 AM, Michael Geschlecht said:

Hello tedd,

Welcome to the Forum.

Consider yourself lucky. The lens hood did 1 of the jobs that it is designed to do: It acted as a "crumple zone" absorbing a portion of the impact so that the lens that it is on is not more severely damaged. This is another example of why it is important to always use a lens hood. Even when there is not much stray light bouncing around.

Better to repair/replace a lens hood than to replace a lens element or 2.

Best Regards,

Michael

Absolutely! Usually I would have the hood retracted if the lens were just sitting on a desk, it was just dumb luck that it was out on this occasion. 

On 7/14/2022 at 3:03 AM, pedaes said:

I did exactly the same with a apo-90mm. I could 'work' the hood back into shape so that it could be retracted with much binding. Thought it would start rubbing the anodising off so sent to Wetzlar.. €600 odd from memory - can check exact cost if you want it.

Yeah I am not paying that for a hood! Thanks for the info.

On 7/14/2022 at 11:46 AM, Cattoo said:

No need for a pro.  Suggest you replace it. Leica Store Miami sells the replacement hoods for $225.  Here's the link: https://leicastoremiami.com/products/leica-replacement-lens-hood-for-summilux-m-50mm-f-1-4-asph-silver-11892?variant=7003007647788

I replaced mine a few weeks ago. It took 5 minutes. You'll need a small screwdriver.  

You may find the hood doesn't slide in and out so easily once you install it.  I used a silicon-based lubricant to loosen it up.  Looks and works like new now.  

 

Thanks for this. I actually sent them an email but they said that they wouldn't ship to Australia :( I'm sure that I could get one through a Leica store here though if need be. 

23 hours ago, Gelatino said:

Take off the screw under the hood, take off the hood and show it to an optician; they deal with metal frames their owner have sit on and some other issues so one may do a good job, possibly for free, on your hood.

In any case you will be half way to replace it with the 225USD.

Is this the screw here (image below I imagine)? I don't want to take the wrong one out and have the whole lens fall apart! Thanks.

 

23 hours ago, Al Brown said:

Half of this forum would totally disagree and say you should NEVER use a filter to protect the lens 😄

I am anti-lens cap by nature which means protective filters are on all of my lenses 100% of the time!

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Late Feb 20 I had my 50mm Summilux-ASPH attached to my brand new M10M slung on my shoulder (I was wearing a thick winter coat) and failed to notice the strap slipping off my shoulder...    When things hit the solid concrete floor I think my heart plummeted with it!  

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I considered (a) trying to straighten the hood or (b) trying to buy a new hood and replace it myself.  In the end (having spoken with the relevant department at Leica Mayfair) I sent it to them.  Hood replaced, lens checked over and found to be OK - phew.  Cost? £68.75p (GBP).  Oh, and then I replaced the M10M's slippery leather strap with the normal Leica strap with its grippy shoulder pad from my M7.

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The same happened to me years ago. I would never dare to DIY-repair a valuable Leica lens using plumbing gear. Instead, I brought it to the Leica CS in Solms. I do not remember the cost anymore but I wasn't expensive at the time. The lens came back with a new hood.

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I’ve replaced the hood on my 50mm Summilux ASPH. It’s a rather trivial repair. You extend the hood and remove the small phillips screw. The whole hood assembly comes off. You can then remove the 3 plastic grommets that hold the extendable hood in place and replace this hood with the part ordered from Leica Camera USA. The whole process can be done in under 10 minutes.

Reach out to Ralph Arias, parts coordinator at Leica:

Ralph Arias

Leica Camera Inc. | 1 Pearl Court, Unit A | Allendale, NJ 07401 | USA

T +1 201 962 9940 | F +1 201 995 168

Good luck,

Erik

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On 7/14/2022 at 1:50 PM, Al Brown said:

Half of this forum would totally disagree and say you should NEVER use a filter to protect the lens 😄

and still there is the other half who would agree Al :D

On 7/16/2022 at 1:27 AM, Keith (M) said:

Late Feb 20 I had my 50mm Summilux-ASPH attached to my brand new M10M slung on my shoulder (I was wearing a thick winter coat) and failed to notice the strap slipping off my shoulder...    When things hit the solid concrete floor I think my heart plummeted with it!  

I considered (a) trying to straighten the hood or (b) trying to buy a new hood and replace it myself.  In the end (having spoken with the relevant department at Leica Mayfair) I sent it to them.  Hood replaced, lens checked over and found to be OK - phew.  Cost? £68.75p (GBP).  Oh, and then I replaced the M10M's slippery leather strap with the normal Leica strap with its grippy shoulder pad from my M7.

so glad it turned out OK! i couldnt live with it  :(

the thing is, where i live, such service would not be easily attainable and if it is, it definitely won't cost just under a 100 usd easily, all things considered, niche products, time to squeeze

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