Caution: Hn-28 Lens Hood Binds to 70-200 vr ii Lens!

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by edward_wallace|3, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. I recently purchased the 70-200 vr ii lens as I never have been a fan of the petal shaped hoods. Photogs have suggested to give the HN-28 lens hood a try; its deeper than the orginal, yields excellent contrast and you can stand the lens up with this particular hood.

    So I decided to purchase the HN-28 lens hood for my 70-200 vr ii lens. Unfortunately, the hood is stuck to the lens filter mount and it wil
    not come off after all my attempts.

    I tried many methodes to no available; rubber band techniques, wd-40 toothpick application, washing liquid as lubricant around the filter;
    plyers grapping the outer edge of the filter rocking it back and forth in a attempt to lossen it. I viewed all the YouTube demo's still nothing

    If I take it to a Nikon dealer like Fixation here in London do you think they have proper tools to fix it?
    I will never attempt to put the HN-28 metal hood on this lens again thats if I can ever get this damn thing off.

    Any thoughts😞

    Kind Regards,

  2. Ed, I think you are using too much force. I've managed to get my share of filters stuck on lenses too, and what helped is a VERY gentle twist. Pinching or otherwise using a lot of force can distort the hood/filter mount. Another trick is to carefully applying some cold to the hood near the mount so it shrinks away from the threads.
    Good luck.
  3. My wife has an older 80-400 lens with the HN 28 on it, and this also sticks, but Nick's suggestion above helps. Use less force than you expect to need, and wiggle it a little. I haven't looked hard at the hood to see what might be the problem, whether its threads are too deep, or needing some lubricant, or what. It does come off, usually suddenly just as one is about to despair.
  4. Get a large hose clip (jubilee clip) that'll fit round the hood and tighten it with some paper or card underneath to stop it scratching the hood. Then gently tap the stud on the clip anti-clockwise with a piece of wood or a rubber mallet. The vibration should loosen the hood. This worked when I had a hood stuck firmly on a lens.

    I'm sure the hood will come off eventually. When it does, lubricate the threads by rubbing them with candle wax. Wax won't run or smear on the lens like grease or oil.

    Having had a few filters stick I now use the wax trick on filters and hoods as a matter of course - and only lightly screw them in place.
  5. Thank you all for your help. Nick you suggestion proved right today. As it was cold last night I left camera near window
    ledge. I inquired help of an assitant. As I held the body of the lens the assitant took hold of the hood with 2 hands and did
    a quick twist and behold the hood is now off.

    But we screwed it on again and it was still hard to get off. Should I use lubricant on the threads or just not use this hood?
  6. When I received the VRII my first thought was about the hood, thinner and curved in comparison with the previous versions. The thickness thing could be (maybe) justified, so the curved design could avoid too much risk when someone want to put the camera&lens in stand up position.
    Anyway, I don`t see the point of using the HN-28. It blocks the use of filters, it`s a screw type one (=awkward to use), it`s a round one (not sure if it has better light protection than the original petal one), and it seems to be much sturdier than the original, so protection could be compromised (if so). And there is the jamming problem you mention.
    Shorter lenses (like the 24-70) could benefit and ask for a stand up position, (specially inside the bag with the camera attached), but the 70-200 is too long and in most camera bags the hood must be removed for storage.
    So if you ask me, I`d say use the original hood. I`m not following that photos suggestion; maybe cool (actually not) but clearly ineffective.
  7. All,
    personally I have kept a screw-in rubber lens hood on my 70-200 for many years. It means I can keep it on the lens at all times in and out of the bag, it doesn't hurt the lens if you happen to rub against a wall etc on your way past something, it doesn't bang on the glass of the shooting compartment when I'm covering snooker and it also helped when I dropped my lens a few years ago (still needed a repair but I'm sure the rubber helped to cushion the impact a little)
  8. Last few nights , I have been visiting The Shard in an attempt to get reflection free, night time exposures. Since I have to
    contend with glass refections I have fashioned all my lenses to either have rubber hoods or metal hoods as I am able to
    place the lens hood flatly against the window and with the aid of a Lenskirt get a a good reflection-free shot.

    This is just not possible to do with the petal lens hood. The rubber hood/metal hood serves as a buffer protection when
    you gently place your lens against the glass surface. I just need to find a proper hood that does not bind evertime I take it

    Going back to the Shard again this evening without that HN-28 hood attached but need to alter the technique. All the
    other photogs were fusing because of all the reflections and reverse the petal lens unto the lens while others with rubber
    hoods and Lenskirts were full of glee with their results.

    Thank you all for your suggestions I am indeed grateful for your time.
  9. I have found that Rodeo Joe's suggestion of candle wax helps at least a little.
  10. Glad you got the darn thing off. Rodeo Joe's candle wax idea is the best and least messy solution to preventing sticking. First brush off the threads on the hood and the lens and perhaps vacuum or blast them with air.
  11. I have keep one of these tools ($6) for this purpose and it has always worked for me. From B&H
  12. Have you tried a HB-29? It is a petal type (for the VR1) but it is deeper and bigger than what comes with the VR2 as standard. And its a bayonet fit not screwed into the filter thread.
  13. erik_christensen|3

    erik_christensen|3 Self-employed

    Candle vax or the graphite from a carpenter pencil. I
    apply the latter on all filters

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