How's yours? I just got an eBay delivery of a new hood for my 16-85mm. The HB-39 type.
The old one had a bad habit of falling off. In parking lots, on athletic fields. It simply wouldn't click in. Rather than pay $30 for a new one, I dabbed a small drop of epoxy on the two 'cam lobes' which engage the lens. It worked for about a week.
I have three other Nikon lenses and the hoods have a solid engagement with the lens. Have other folks had my experience with a hood gone bad?
Yeah, I had an HB-29 or HB-40 do the same thing. I think it was the -40, but I'm not sure. I've also destroyed the other one as well as an HB-42 (60/f2.8 AFS Micro) in accidents. And I had another one not lock in very well - I don't remember which one. Maybe the one for the 18-70? Not sure. But the other 25 or so have been fine. That is, other than the built-in ones on the 135/f2 AF DC and 180/f2.8 AFD. They both are still there, but they don't really work very well.
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There's a lot to be said in favor of plastic reversing hoods. Easy to store, smaller in bag, lighter, cheaper. Still, give me the metal screw in on the 85 f1.4D. Never falls off. And it's like roll bars on the the huge front element. Those little plastic tabs break and fatigue just riding in the bag. Built ins like the 180D, the 300 F4 are great too.
I have a 16~85mm and I've noticed that the lens hood doesn't bayonet on nearly as tightly as the hoods on a couple of my other Nikkors. I'm not sure what the problem might be though. The hood does click into place but I don't think it would take much to dislodge it.
If the lens is under warranty, I'd contact Nikon and see if they'll replace the hood. Otherwise, a small piece of gaffer tape can sometimes work wonders.
I can't say anything about the durability of the HB40 as I have only had my 24-70mm for a short while, but other lens hoods with the lock such as the HB29 for my 70-200mm VRI have worked well for years. The lens hoods with a simple friction fit wear quickly and do not last.
I recently bought the 105 VR Micro. I noticed a locking hood HS-14 on the Nikon site but I have not seen any reviews. If they are offering locking vs simple bayonet hoods I may spend the money.
The built-in sliding hood on my 105DC is such a pain to slide back in place that I often fail to use it.
Take very thin rubber ring, used to flowers or long onion, put it UP on the hood mount, lock the hood on its place - without extra force. Will serve as long as you leave the hood on its place. Dimitri.
The hood on my 18-200 is very loose, and I can see that the (excessively delicate?) plastic catch inside the hood that causes it to lock on is cracked. I do remember when the lens got whacked, which caused the hood to crack. I'm still using it in its broken condition, recognizing that it won't get better, and will probably get worse.