Lens hood DIY

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As a long-term reader of N-Photo, I thought you might be in­ter­ested in see­ing the lens hood that I de­signed and man­u­fac­tured to re­place the plas­tic hood that came with my 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. My lens hood is ma­chined from alu­minium and black an­odised, and fea­tures a grooved-rub­ber end­pro­tec­tor (see above).

The orig­i­nal plas­tic hood that was sup­plied with the lens fits snugly in­side my own hood, thus giv­ing strength and sup­port against an un­fore­seen knock. Also, my hood is ex­tremely light, hav­ing been ma­chined to just 2mm thick, with three 10mm-wide bear­ing sec­tions that sup­port the orig­i­nal plas­tic hood.

I’m an engi­neer, and have worked in the mo­tor­sports in­dus­try for most of my work­ing life (I turned 70 in De­cem­ber and I’m still work­ing). I have been in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy since I was 12 years old. Peter Nor­ton, via email

Wow Peter, this must have kept you busy for quite some time! Your de­sign looks fan­tas­tic – thank you for shar­ing your pho­tos of it with us.

Engi­neer Peter has made his own alu­minium lens hood

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