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#1 Islander

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:03 PM

As many of you read I dropped my 500mm F4 lens hood into a river from a bridge.

 

Upon pricing a new one I was stunned to see a price of $400- for a lens hood replacement, not a new lens, just the hood.

 

So, I found an empty drywall mud bucket in my shop that looked about the same size.  I traced the lens circle onto the bottom of the bucket and cut an opening with an exacto knife.

I then drilled three holes equally spaced around the outside bottom of the bucket.  I then found three knobs from an old light fixture and screwed them onto short threaded studs.  

I also put a drop of crazy glue into the knob holes prior to screwing the studs in.  This was so that when I wanted to take the hood off I wouldn't unscrew just the knob but the threaded stud instead.

 

I drilled the holes into the bucket slightly small so that I could force the screw knobs in and that way they would make their own threads through the plastic bucket.

 

After that I lightly sanded the bucket inside and out, wiped with a tack rag and applied three coats of a flat black paint.  I'm thinking I may yet put a coat of black hammerite paint over that but haven't got around to it yet.

 

Three set screws instead of the original one should prevent the hood from falling off again.  Overall the new hood is slightly larger in diameter than the original but the soft cover still fits.  I've had it out a couple times and it works well.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:57 PM

I just love it.

 

Wow, you are my hero for ingenuity.  And, it looks great.  When I first saw the pick, I figured you found a nice 3rd party hood.  It looks very professional.

 

WELL DONE!  Kudos to you.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:31 PM

I just love it.

 

Wow, you are my hero for ingenuity.  And, it looks great.  When I first saw the pick, I figured you found a nice 3rd party hood.  It looks very professional.

 

WELL DONE!  Kudos to you.

 

Thanks Art!  And I still have $400.  Well, not really...


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:15 AM

I hope you fish it out of the river, Gordon.

 

Was any part of it metal?  If so, Lee Valley has some amazing magnets you can buy, tie to a string and go fishing for it.

(Sorry, I think I am bothered by this as much as you as I have often feared doing the same thing down by one of the parks I frequent for Red Neck Grebe shooting typically in the spring)


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:28 AM

Very creative & good craftmanship... well done, Gordon!


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:49 AM

That looks awesome.  When I first looked at the photo i thought it was a new hood.  Very well done.  

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 11:02 AM

I hope you fish it out of the river, Gordon.

 

Was any part of it metal?  If so, Lee Valley has some amazing magnets you can buy, tie to a string and go fishing for it.

(Sorry, I think I am bothered by this as much as you as I have often feared doing the same thing down by one of the parks I frequent for Red Neck Grebe shooting typically in the spring)

 

 

Thanks Herman and Jerone.

 

Art, they're made of Carbon Fibre which is one reason they're so expensive I guess.

It fell in close to the shore so I'm planning to look Next summer when the water level is low and since that part of the river is affected by the tide I'll look at low tide.  There is a current but I'm hoping it was not strong enough at that spot to carry it far but I think I may be kidding myself.

I will try though.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:33 PM

Nice work, Gordon! 

 

Like Art, I thought that you had found a third party hood.  Job well done!  :)


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:07 AM

Nice job! 


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:19 AM

Very nice

I had considered doing nearly the same thing, but the donor I found was a tub for hand cleaning wipes.

I also found a 6" speaker port tube that appears to made of a bit more rigid plastic that might be worth a look.

 

As a Side question what Tripod / foot adapter are you using?



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

I have a Jobu gimbal head.  The Black Widow if memory serves.  It's out in the truck right now so can't go look- easily- read lazy.


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Posted 25 January 2019 - 01:14 AM

I just saw this Gordon, it was only a year ago. Wonderful idea! All my hoods are taped on. I found one of mine on a football sideline, where I had been a couple minutes prior. 


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Posted 02 February 2019 - 10:57 PM

Time to update this post.

 

The plastic hood didn't work as well as I'd hoped.  It tended to flex a bit and it got crushed.  Bummer.

 

But!  It did get me to thinking and so I went down to a local metal fabrication shop and had an aluminum tube made to the exact specifications.  I then did the same thing as I did with the plastic hood and drilled three holes which I tapped to accept the set screws that I had made for the plastic hood.  I spray painted the aluminum (correctly primed with a self-etching primer) with a hammered finished black paint.  After installing the hood it looks perfect and is much more durable.  I've had this hood on for about 7 months now and it's still in new condition.  Cost of fabricated tube- $35.  

 

Definitely the way to go if you ever need a replacement hood for the big lenses. 


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 10:46 AM

A friend of mine makes lens hoods using a 3D printer. I have seen some and they are very professional looking, the ones that I saw were for a Canon EF400mm, 5.6 lens, they even have the locking-screw housing like on the original Canon lens. The hoods that I saw were bright yellow, but one had been wrapped in camp tape and looked like original equipment. I know that this fellow has some extraordinary engineering skills, and he drew the plans for the lens hood. I know I would fall short in that department. He saw me hand holding my 200-500 lens and asked if I'd like to have a pistol grip for the lens. Next time I saw him, he gave me a grip that screws into the foot of the lens. I haven't tried it yet, waiting for a swiss area plate to install on it.


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