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HB-57 Snap-On Type Lens Hood
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Used this lens and hood combo maybe a half dozens times and the hood fell apart taking it off the lens yesterday. This lens and hood are kept in a padded case when not in use. Many fragile pieces, seems over engineered to me.
This is the second review I´ve written on this product, the HB-57 lens cap. Apparently I offended someone in my first one as it said I didn´t follow guidelines. To the point, the HB-57 Lens Hood is junk. I´ve had it for 2-3 months and while my wife was handing it to me the other day (by the body), the cap just fell apart into 4 pieces. While researching the web site for a more durable replacement, I not only learned that there isn´t one, but also had the chance to read the many other complaints about this product and the failure of Nikon Customer Service to do anything about it. I have multiple Nikon products including 3 DSLR´s, 2 SLR´s, Spotting Scope and Binoculars. I don´t understand Nikon´s lack of responsibility for a bad product. I guess the only recourse I have is to vote with my wallet and from this point on choose another vendor for my photography needs.
I´ve had this NIKON CAMERA for one year 3 months. It was a retirement gift from my kids. I just started to use it. When I used the lens hood for the second time IT BROKE. I carefully tried to remove it from the lens and it snagged and suddenly fell apart. The end cap that holds the springs and release tabs in place broke away. I had a Cannon 35 mm camera for 15 years and I had never had such a thing happen.
UNBELIVABLE-I have the NIKON extended warranty so I called the NIKON support line. They said that the warranty does not cover the lens or accessories like the lens hood. I can´t believe that for such an expensive camera they give you a cheap $6 lens hood. Yes, I found them in Ebay for $6. So NIKON probably buys them for $2. Yet they won´t send me another one.
I bought 2 on Ebay so I can have a spare. But I learned to Glue the outer ring on the lens hood so it won´t fall apart. ***USE CLEAR CRAZY GLUE - but Be sure not to glue the spring area.
Hardly even used it and within a few months it just fell apart
I was only able to use this hood once before it fell apart into pieces just like it has with over 15 other reviewers. I called Nikon and found out that this hood, which was included with the purchased lens (see below), is NOT part of the covered warranty. When I asked about the price, I was told to go to this site. Here I found all of these 1-star reviews because of the poor design and craftsmanship. I read some of these reviews to the Nikon rep I was speaking with and she is forwarding them on to someone (who?) to see if something can be done. They need to send this design back to the drawing board and come up with a better made hood for this lens. They should also offer to replace the defective ones at no charge!
I´ve had this lens hood (and lens# for more than 2 years and yesterday the hood suddenly fell apart when removing it from the lens. The lens gets light-to-moderate use and always receives careful handling. While some may think this failure period is reasonable, I don´t.
Fortunately, the end cap that holds the springs and release tabs in place broke away cleanly and allowed me to reassemble and super glue them back together. Taping the parts was not robust. Hopefully this fix will last, but I wanted others #and Nikon# to know this part is not made well, especially for its high price #IMO)
Despite this experience, I do prefer #and recommend) a snap-on hood as the bayonet styles I have, including the HB-61, are too loose and constantly rotate and fall off with normal handling.
I take very good care of all of my equipment and this thing just fell apart in my hand. I can´t believe that Nikon would make something this poorly.
Yes not made very well , mine also fell apart , but I was able to put it back together after about an hour of fooling around with it . Had to scotch tape it together . Will try to put some super glue on it soon as I can pick some up at the store ,and hope
it willl stay .
I have owned this lens and hood for over a year - the hood is very cheaply constructed compared to other nikon hoods. The mechanics of the hood are not very durable. Now that the hood has broken into pieces I am finding it just plain difficult to find a replacement. Seems the HB-57 is either very popular or nikon has decide to scrap the hood and not inform owners of the lens.
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