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Old November 23rd, 2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Hi all. I'm new to the board and want to thank you all for such a great forum. I figured now would be a good time to post my first question. I just purchased the WD-58 wide angle lens for my GL-1. However, I'm having a terrible time trying to find the lens hood for it. The WD-58H comes with the hood, but I didn't realize this when buying mine. Canon does not sell the hood by itself anymore and all of the stores I have found that do, are out of stock. I'm wondering if anyone has any information on generic hoods that will work nicely for this lens. I found this question posted on this site back in 2002. But no one seemed to have an answer. here it is. http://www.dvinfo.net/media/wahood.jpg

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Old November 23rd, 2007, 01:26 PM   #2
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Good man Steve. In my view the lens hood is the cheapest, lightest, easiest to fit and best accessory you can buy to improve the look of your footage ~ bar none. Of course the wider the field of view of your camera+lens combo, the more difficult it is to hood effectively, which is why (on scripted shoots) French flags are so popular.

I'm guessing you're shooting in 16:9, so you should have a 16:9 hood of course, otherwise you're losing hooding efficiency. But it's worth a look at the Cavision range - and yell at them to make a 16:9 version. It's about time they did.

http://www.cavision.com/LensHood/sunshade.htm

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Old November 24th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #3
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Thanks Tom. Yes I'm shooting 16:9. I'm wondering if the metal sunshade AR85-58 will help at least a bit? http://www.cavision.com/lenshoods/AR8558.htm Thanks again.

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Old November 25th, 2007, 01:33 AM   #4
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I just purchased the WD-58 wide angle lens for my GL-1.
. .well .. can't you return it? And buy from the same place a WD with a HOOD?

Your link to : http://www.cavision.com/lenshoods/AR8558.htm shows a hood that fixes onto the 58 thread. It is NOT the larger hood you need to fix to the FRONT of the WA adaptor, approx 80mm. So you would need a hood that fixes to the fromn of that adpator, this one, as far as I can tell, is only meant to go onto a 58mm front - yes?

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Old November 25th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #5
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The hood you've liked to is designed for the wide-angle end of a typical camcorder zoom, Steve, so is not suitable at all for your Canon. And it's circular so even less efficient than a 4:3 hood (though circular with 'petal' cutouts can be very efficient.

This is the sort of hood you'll need:

http://www.cavision.com/lenshoods/LH100W.htm

but I bet you can use a deeper one. That's because the GL1 has a pretty feeble wide-angle to start with, and adding a 0.7x to it doesn't take you W-I-D-E, only wide.
So this one may be more suitable:

http://www.cavision.com/lenshoods/LH100.htm
It's a suck-it-and-see situation. I'd buy the deeper one on the understanding I could return it for the shallower (and less efficient) one if it vignetted my full DV frame.

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Old November 25th, 2007, 01:47 PM   #6
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thanks for all of the help. I inquired about the LH-100 so we'll see what they say. Sorry about the lack of knowledge on the subject :(. I'm actually a senior at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. and digital video is a relatively small part of our program. However, I really want to start getting involved more deeply in the subject. I'm conducting a series of interviews from designers from NYC and D.C. for my thesis and want to buy some extra add-ons for my camera. Not necessarily for the interviews, but for upcoming projects. Thanks for the advice again, and I'll let you know how things turn out.
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