Shady Business In The Leica Cabinet...
Of course everything in there was pristine - Leica insist upon this standard of presentation in their shop displays and frankly, for the price asked for the equipment, this is fair enough. You could hardly expect the latest SL or Monochrom cameras to be piled up in end-of-aisle wire baskets. But what struck me was the variety of lens hoods hat Leica put on their cameras.
Now some other equally reputable manufacturers have designed their lenses in different focal lengths to have the same front diameter and bayonet lock, and as a consequence have found that that several lenses could share the same lens hood. Of course, the extremes of focal length and aperture mean that there are especial ones for some lenses. But when they can double up. they do.
Two big makers of DSLR cameras make a large variety of their own glass, but have dedicated lens hoods for each one. The sales staff bless the manufacturers who pack a hood in the same box as the lens - it makes it so much easier to supply than trying to find two separate packages...particularly if the factory has not bothered to state WHICH lens hood is needed on the box...
The most surprising of the modern hoods is the one fitted to the Vario-Elmarit SL 24-90 lens. They've gone for the most shading possible in the centre section while having to open out for the edges. If there were to be a front lens hood hat, it would be best made of neoprene to accommodate such an odd shape.
Equally odd, though this is a shape made by other makers such as Fujifilm, is the square snout fitted onto the Summilux 28 of the Leica Q. I admire it, and find it effective - I use the same shape on the Fujinon 35 and 18mm lenses - but have discovered that it is finicky to cap off out in the field - and a shape that is difficult to attach a front cap to in any case. The rubber hood hats from Op/Tec are by far the best solution to this.
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