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Lens hoods for Canon 50mm's?

Bob Boudreau , Sep 05, 2009; 04:31 p.m.

Been a long time Canon user, sold off all of my FD and EOS film equipment a long time ago, now all digital. Recently acquired a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens for nostalgia sakes. Just won an A-1 on eBay, it comes with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Can someone please supply me with the correct lens hood numbers for these 50mm lenses? And where I might find them? I see some on eBay but don't know what I need.

Thank you!

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Dave S , Sep 05, 2009; 05:01 p.m.

Bob, hi. Early A-1s and AE-1s were supplied with pre-1979 'breechlock' lenses, with a white alloy retaining ring. Later cameras were supplied with the so-called 'FDn' lenses with a bayonet-like fitting.

This is relevant to you, because if you have breechlock lenses, they have a 55mm filter diameter, and will take the BS-55 lens hood, which is easy to find. If you have FDn lenses, they take 52mm attachments and you need the BS-52 hood, which is a little scarce.

Mark Pierlot , Sep 05, 2009; 05:30 p.m.

Bob, inexpensive generic retractable rubber hoods also work fine on the FD 50's, and come in a range of diameters. I've never had a problem with them causing vignetting.

Stuart Gross , Sep 05, 2009; 06:06 p.m.

The FD Review http://www.fdreview.com/ has a list of many, if not all Canon FD lenses and includes the model number of the proper hood for each lens.

As mentioned above, breechlock and later FDn lenses take different sized hoods. With a bit of patience you should be able to obtain the correct hoods from the big auction site. Good luck and good hunting.

Bob Boudreau , Sep 05, 2009; 07:15 p.m.

Thanks for the replies! Looks like my AE-1's 50mm is an FDn, and takes the BS-52 hood. From the eBay photo I can see the 50mm f/1.4 is a breech lock with SSC, so it takes a BS-55 hood! When I receive the A-1 kit, I'll verify and start looking.

I wanted genuine Canon hoods, and not the generic rubber ones because I had the original ones on my equipment way back when. Not even sure if I'll even use the two film cameras, just want them for old times' sake. Might try a roll or two and have a CD made from the images, one way to modernise the procedure.

Philip Wilson , Sep 06, 2009; 08:59 p.m.

Bob, be careful with condition. some of the old FD hoods are completely worn out on the slots that fasten to the lens and thus fall off. I had one bad ebay experience getting an 85 F1.2 hood - it looked fine in the photos but did not stay attached to the lens!

Doug Nelson , Sep 10, 2009; 12:25 p.m.

I see nothing sacrosanct in needing the Canon-branded shade. Although this forum will give you ways to fix the dreaded Canon "drop and roll away" feature, there are alternatives. http://www.dougnelsonphoto.com/-/dougnelsonphoto/detail.asp?photoID=1302189 shows a Konica 35-50 shade on a 35mm lens (would be fine on a 50mm). It clamps onto a filter or empty filter ring. It'd also clamp to a 52-55 step-up ring. It's a well-made shade with black felt-like anti-reflective material. It's a bit harder to find than the 28-24 Konica shade.

John Kelly , Sep 24, 2009; 07:34 p.m.

One challenge with the beautiful old original shades is the silicon rubber mini-knobs that grasp the lens grooves. They shrink over time, even if not used, so the shade falls off and you gnash your teeth. I don't think there's a fix, but I've tried and there have been plenty of suggestions.

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