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Old Oct 8, 2004, 4:32 PM   #1
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The hood on my A2 seats about 15 degrees shy of where it should - i.e., slightly rotated. The zoom index mark on the lens is dead on, and it lines up between the "o" and the "L" of "Minolta" on the lens's front-top lettering. I'd guess there are two glued components to the hood, and they were glued a bit off alignment?
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Old Oct 8, 2004, 8:07 PM   #2
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If you are twisting on the lens hood only until you meet resistance, then your not going far enough.

The Ax lens hood "snaps" very positively in place when twisted on into the correctly aligned position. On a new camera and with a new user, the temptation is to be too timid when installing the hood. You need to be firm and somewhat agressive.

What I do with my A1 to avoid stressing the lens barrel is to zoom the lens all the way to the 200mm position and then firmly hold the exposed lens barrel extension with one hand while twisting the lens hood on until it "snaps" into position on its detent.

If you are holding the lens barrel firmly you don't have to worry about applying too much torque on the lens hood to get it to seat properly.

It may seem a little scary at first, but once you get the feel of it it becomes second nature.
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Old Oct 8, 2004, 8:41 PM   #3
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agree 100% with jawz

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What I do with my A1 to avoid stressing the lens barrel is to zoom the lens all the way to the 200mm position and then firmly hold the exposed lens barrel extension with one hand while twisting the lens hood on until it "snaps" into position on its detent.

If you are holding the lens barrel firmly you don't have to worry about applying too much torque on the lens hood to get it to seat properly.
this is what I always do too


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Old Oct 9, 2004, 10:06 AM   #4
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Thank YOU, both of you. I would never have dreamt of applying that much torque to the shade. And thanks for the grip-tip. Perhaps this threadwill help other gentle-fingered souls.
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