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Nikon HB-34 Lens Hood for 55-200mm DX Nikkor Lens

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  • Lens hood, Designed for the Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor zoom lens
  • Deflects oblique light angles that often cause flare effects
  • Helps protect front of the lens scratches and dings while shooting
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For 55-200mm Zoom Nikkor Lens, Lens hood Designed for the Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor zoom lens Deflects oblique light angles that often cause flare effects Helps protect front of the lens scratches and dings while shooting

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Product Dimensions 3.4 x 3.3 x 1.9 inches
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0009HN588
Item model number 4126
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4.4 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lens Accessories > Lens Hoods
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By J. Madden on August 10, 2009
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If you're like me, you may buy this unnecessarily. The 55-200 DX VR already comes with a hood, but this is listed as a recommended accessory with lens by Amazon. It won't let the lens operate thru the whole zoom range when installed in storage mode (reversed). This may provide some incidental protection to the zoom mechanism from accidental bumping when not in use. Just a guess.

Otherwise works as it should, just not necessary unless you want a scalloped hood. You probably already know all of this if you do.

So, hopefully I just saved you some cash.
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Okay, this lens hood is fine. Terrific.

BUT...the 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX COMES WITH THIS ITEM! Don't "take advantage" of Amazon's "Better Together" offer for the lens:

"Buy this item with Nikon HB-34 Lens Hood for 55-200mm DX Nikkor Lens by Nikon today!"

Because then you'll own TWO of these.
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Bought this Nikon HB-34 Lens Hood when the original Nikon HB-37 Lens Hood was bumped off the end of my Nikkor zoom lens by someone with protruding elbows while shooting photos from a bridge. That original hood had served me well, though the fit was a bit loose. But as I saw it sailing off the bridge into the water below, was glad that at least I had a good camera strap. It was a lesson learned the hard way.

Saw the Nikon HB-34 Lens Hood for 55-200mm DX Nikkor Lens listed here on Amazon, and though it wasn't the same as the original one for my Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens, thought that it might be worth a try. After two years in constant use, can say that it was a was a good choice.

Not sure why, but the original 'round' HB-37 lens hood never was a good tight fit on my lens. At the time that I bought the zoom lens, this HB-37 hood came with it, so I shrugged it off and kept using it. There was a bit of looseness to it in the way that it fit even when double checked; the bayonet mount wouldn't go as tight as one might hope. But this HB-34 lens hood has always had a good precision fit, one that one would expect from Nikon, and it continues to do so to this day.

As far as lens performance goes, it's flower-type design works well for reducing the non-essential light falling onto the front lens element, especially when a filter is attached.
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I was a bit skeptical when replacing my solid hood for a scalloped one, but this is exactly what the lens doctor ordered. Not only is it just a touch lighter than my old one (a consideration for long shoots)but it fits snugly on my 55-200 mm Nikkor lens. The scallops make it easier to remove/replace the lens cap but it still cuts out the 'trash light' when shooting in low light city shots or sun glare. I heartily recomend this as a replacement/additional hood.
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,I'm using this on the 55-200 VR II, the newish lens that has a button on the lens barrel to lock in retracted position/release from locked position. The hood attaches easily and securely and stays put. The lens does retract and lock with this hood in place. You cannot, however, reverse the hood and snap it in place on the lens and have the lens retract fully. I don't care about this, as I don't often store or transport lenses witf the hood snapped in place -- that just adds time to the process of turning the hood around to the forward position when I want to start shooting.

This hood is about half the price of the HB-37 recommended for the VR II version of this lens. .I am a bit leery of that hood, as it has springlike plastic parts that look easy to break. I'm glad that this one works as well as it does.
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Just a note, while this DOES fit the 55-200mm DX Nikkor lens and looks much better than the original round version that comes with the lens, when you slap it on in reverse and retract the lens to store it, it doesn't allow the lens to retract all the way as the edges of the Nikkor eventually gets caught on the edge of the barrel grip. To be honest, it's not a big deal since the lens still retracts most of the way, but it's a minor point of annoyance on what I consider an upgrade or suitable replacement for the original hood.
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I bought this lens hood when I bought my 55-200mm, f4-5.6 DX VR Nikkor Lens. That lens DOES come standard with the HB-37 (round style) lens hood. I chose to upgrade to this HB-34 (petal style) lens hood for 2 reasons.

1) There is less chance of a petal style hood causing vignetting (darkening around the corners of your image) when shooting the lens at wider angles. I have never shot the 55-200mm, f4-5.6 DX VR Nikkor with the standard HB-37 hood, so I cannot confirm or deny if it does cause vignetting. I have been shooting the lens for about a month now with the HB-34, and have had no instances of it.

2) The petal style hood looks cooler than the round.

This HB-37 mounts very securly to the end of the lens. However as mentioned in other reviews, when mounted backwards for storage, the lens cannot zoom out to 55mm. Personally, this doesnt bother me. I zoom it to about 85mm, mount the hood backwards, and then zoom the lens out until the hood rests gently on the focal ring (about 70mm). As far as I can tell, nothing rubs or scratches when the hood rests on the focus ring, so it doesn't bother me.

Summary: Im really happy with the hood!
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