One soccer ball and two lessons

March 09, 2019  •  2 Comments

This morning, I went along to watch my grandson play soccer. Naturally, I took my Nikon with my 200 - 500 lens.

I was standing at the fence looking through my camera when something hit me - hard. I was a soccer ball that had been kicked from about four metres away. Then I noticed the lens hood:

My broken Nikon HB-71 lens hoodMy broken Nikon HB-71 lens hoodall rights reserved It had clearly acted as a  "crumple zone" for the lens - which mercifully seemed to have only suffered a few scrapes.

I've always been aware of the usefulness of the lens hood as a means of keeping sticks, leaves and fingers away from my glass, but had never thought of one protecting me from projectiles. Lesson 1: use your lens hood.

The second lesson came from searching for a replacement. The recommended retail price of the lens hood in Australia is AUD69, and some retailers sell it for around AUD59.00. However, I checked on eBay (just in case - after all, it's a bit of black plastic) and was astounded at some of the prices:

It's always been unwise to assume eBay is cheap, but AUD157.70 (plus postage) for a AUD69 lens hood?

You've been warned!

Happy shooting

Shane Baker

 

 

 

 


Comments

Shane Baker
Thanks Phil. A bit of a bruise on my forehead, but my modelling career is still intact! :-)

The 3d printer is tempting, but I get enough comments about the number of printers in my "study" as it is. I guess in the long-run, additive manufacturing will be the way to get all those widgets?

The genuine item should be here tomorrow - and in the meantime, some Selley's plastic glue produced a surprisingly good result.
Phil(non-registered)
Hope the only damage was to the hood rather than yourself Shane. I think that you can buy a 3d printer for about $300 - if you printed off two hoods you'd have saved money and still have a printer left over.

https://www.yeggi.com/q/nikon+lens+hood/
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