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Old 22nd November 2013
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Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

In an attempt to work out which lens to buy next for my E-M1 I dug out my 4/3 14-42 lens tonight to get an idea of which focal length might be suitable.

The first thing which struck me was that this dirt cheap, basic kit lens came with a lens hood of comparable quality to those which are a costly extra on new m4/3 lenses. In fact, the hood included with my 70-300 is identical to the £30 optional model available for my 75-300 m4/3 lens (I have now transferred it over.)

It is hard not take the view that the omission of a lens hood with new lenses is a cynical money-making move by Olympus. I don't know how much it actually costs to produce this simple plastic item but I don't think it can be a great amount. Bearing in mind that Panasonic include them with their lenses, along with a pouch in many cases, why can't Olympus?

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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

I know this point was raised a while back. Can't remember the answer but it does irk more than the odd Oly user. The Panasonic lens also include IS which has to cost, yet price wise are / were cheaper than Olympus. It does beg the question why, if you want Oly branded gear throughout you have to buy what are supplied 'branded' by a comparable OEM as 'extras.'

I still think, as I did previously, that Olympus are shooting themselves in the foot over what basically amounts to pennies. Third part suppliers have stepped in with prices that make the same Oly branded products look grossly OTT price wise.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Oly products from way, way back. Donated a few Olympus film camera's and lens to a local school photography club and still have my e-20 x 2 with their original lens kits. My ep-3's sport a combo of Oly and Panny lens, simply down to costs. As for all the other considerations, I'm hard put to find fault.
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

I agree. I got a lens hood with my 12 ~ 60 f2.8, but there was no pouch, which is a great shame.

I know there are third party pouches available, but I prefer the genuine Olympus items; and given the price of the lens it wouldn't exactly break the bank to throw one in.

I was surprised to have to buy a lens hood for the 12 ~ 50 mm lens on my E-M5, and wonder whether this will be the same when the new 12 ~ 40 f2.8 is launched?

I suppose it saves a few pennies, but Olympus would have saved many, many times more by not getting involved in financial irregularities.

What next I wonder? Dispensing with lens and body caps?

If Olympus really wants to save money why don't they do away with those silly white plastic thingies they put on 13A plugs to stop you plugging them in?
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

The less of the lens hoods they make the more expensive they will become. It costs the same amount to make the mould regardless of the number of items they make unless they only make moulds that cast one lenshood at a time.
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

The new 12-40 comes with a hood and lens pouch as you would expect at the price.
I do however agree that it's shame Olympus saw fit to not include these items with previous m4/3rds releases.
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

Alas Olympus aren't the only offenders! In years past I bought quite a collection of Canon EOS lenses. In those days (and possibly still today) most of their lenses also came without a lens hood or pouch, alothough they WERE included with their professional 'L' lenses.

As with Olympus this short-sighted cost-paring generated suppliers able to supply much cheaper equivalents! I can only presume that their market research suggests that 'ordinary' photographers don't bother to use lens hoods and 'serious' photographers will stump up the extra dosh to buy them separately?
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

I guess the issue is magnified to a degree with Oly m4/3rds offerings because all previous Oly 4/3rds offerings came with at least a hood and large majority had pouches (some kit lenses excepted).
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

The serious lenses come with hoods, the toy ones don't.
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

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The serious lenses come with hoods, the toy ones don't.
Yet they're still manufactured for the toys.
Definitely a curious practice on Oly's part given that Panasonic step up to the plate with a similar range of lenses, 'extras included'
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

But do the Panasonics have dedicated Beverage and Popcorn buttons or do you have to go menu diving.
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

It always makes me smile to see someone with an expensive DSLR taking photo's with the lens hood on - but in the 'parked' position. Especially if they've got a lens protection filter fitted, negating any benefit from the recessing of the lens front element. They're in the same league as those that take photo's in a stadium using the pop-up flash.

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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

I always have some sort of hood on a lens, if nothing else it protects the lens front from impacting solid objects as I carry the camera.
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

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It always makes me smile to see someone with an expensive DSLR taking photo's with the lens hood on - but in the 'parked' position. Especially if they've got a lens protection filter fitted, negating any benefit from the recessing of the lens front element. They're in the same league as those that take photo's in a stadium using the pop-up flash.

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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

I have always used hoods on all my lenses and often instead of UV filters so every l lens I buy I have to source a hood.
It really frustrates me when I purchased my expensive 12&75 that I had to buy hood and bag in addition as when I bought my panaleica 25 and Pany 100-300 they came with both (as did all my Nikon gear), I am now obliged due to cost to source 3rd party hoods and bags due to silly prices of Oly ones!
I just wish Oly would get with the times and stop ripping customers off, I love the lenses but hate the mean attitude to customers spending so much on them!
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Re: Why don't Olympus include lens hoods?

Sometimes the decision by Olympus not to include a hood enters my thoughts, then 'uWinkas' comes to mind.
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