The HB-39 lens hood for my 16-85mm Nikkor is broken. Does anyone have any experience with the generic hoods sold on Ebay or the Pearstone that B&H sells. They're substantially cheaper than the Nikon hood, and based on how easily the original Nikon hood broke, I'm inclined to go with the generic version if it mounts the lens OK. The few B&H reviews on the Pearstone are positive.
I bought a used Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 that needed a new hood. I first bought a cheap knock-off. It was thinner and did not fit well. I then bought a "real" Nikon hood. It was built heavier and fitted perfectly! I will now always pay a few bucks more for the real stuff!
Tue 01-Jan-13 03:17 AM | edited Tue 01-Jan-13 03:19 AM by Bravozulu
This may not answer your question, but I too was having trouble with my HB-39 hood. When fitted to the 16-85mm lens, it wouldn't click in when attached and rotated.
I live 10 miles from the West Coast Nikon repair center and took it there. One of the technicians looked at the lens and hood and, together, we agreed that a tiny drop of epoxy glue applied to the cam points on the flexible inner ring (of the hood) might provide enough of a friction point to solve the problem. Of course after the epoxy had dried.
I went home and did this on the two high points, using a toothpick to apply the epoxy. It worked. And it saved me $30.
In actual use, the lens hood gets banged and shoved. Mine dropped off without me knowing at a car show. I retraced my steps and found it. Luckily. That's why I wanted a tighter grip when mounted.
Some of the vendors in Hong Kong you'll find on eBay carry genuine Nikon branded items at cheap prices.
I too had the problem of plastic lens hoods on 24-120 and 16-35 coming off with just a small bump. A small strip of gaffer's tape over the external seam where the body meets the lens has kept my hoods secure. The strip is only about 1.5 inches long and is on the bottom where it is hardly ever noticed. Sorry I have to use tape on a $3000+ setup, but it is what it is.