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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