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Old Mar 10, 2010, 4:05 PM   #11
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Bad as I hate to admit it, I thought I had it figured out and then some talk was started about not "stepping down". My layman's interpretation of the posts has me confused. I ordered for the zoom with a converteer for the 18-55, right?

Let's make it simple. Here is what I ordered:

58mm-52mm Step-Down Ring (Lens to Filter)
TICP581 58mm Circular Polarizing Glass Filter
Pentax Kx kit w/ 18-55mm and 55-300mm

Is this what the posts intend to say?

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Old Mar 10, 2010, 4:15 PM   #12
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If you get the hood, you will not be able to use the step down ring. It will not fit.

TICP581? who is the manufacture?
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 4:35 PM   #13
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Tiffen is the maker of the filter.

Is there a hood that will adapt to the filter, or am I just stuck?
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not a good one, the rubber ones are not really good hoods. And they need to be screw on and off. They you need to screw the filter to the camera. To drawn out.
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Let's make it simple. Here is what I ordered:

58mm-52mm Step-Down Ring (Lens to Filter)
TICP581 58mm Circular Polarizing Glass Filter
Pentax Kx kit w/ 18-55mm and 55-300mm

Is this what the posts intend to say?
No. You'll need a 52mm to 58mm *step up* ring that's designed to let you mount a larger (58mm) filter on a smaller (52mm) lens, *not* a 58mm to 52mm step down ring that's designed to let you mount a smaller filter on a larger lens.

So, I'd change the order to use a 52mm to 58mm step up ring instead if you plan on going with a single 58mm filter for both lenses.
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 4:45 PM   #16
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Since you are getting the regular tiffen cp-l. I would just get the 52mm cpl also. That way you can use the better lens hood. And a 52mm cpl is about 20 bucks from tiffen, you can get them used on ebay for 10-15 dollars.
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I haven't ordered any lens hoods, so when I do I will plan to add one more filter. As bad as I hate to ask, can anyone recommend a good aftermarket hood? Ebay's inventory was confusing.
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for the hood for the long zoom, get it from adorama PH-RGB. You will not find it on ebay. For the short one, hood model PH-RGA. I have done business with this seller. http://cgi.ebay.com/Lens-Hood-for-Pe...ht_6065wt_1167
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As far as hoods go - their primary use is to block light from coming at angles that will cause lens flare. They are also useful for protecting the lens, especially if you are walking around without a lens cap on. So they are usually recommended. However, you can shoot perfectly well without one. Wear a hat if you are out shooting and watch the viewfinder for indication of flare. Then use your hat to block the sunlight coming from that direction (or your hand, your lens cap, or anything else handy to block the light), keeping an eye out to make sure that the blocking object doesn't appear in the viewfinder. You'll only miss the hood under some rather specific conditions.

I don't normally feel a need for a lens hood when I'm using a Circular polarizer, even with hoods that have the nifty "door" you can remove so you can use it.
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 5:16 PM   #20
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I like the hoods, as it helps allot in reducing flares, besides the sun it can help prevent flares from any strong light sources. It really helps with the larger hood for the long zoom.

I have always shot with hoods, they really work. I use them with my cpl's all the time even without the quick access that port.
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