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Pentax PH-RBA 52mm Lens Hood for Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

You Pay: $21.95

Lens hoods are primarily designed to prevent unwanted stray light from entering the lens by extending and shading the end of the lens. In addition, since the end of the lens is extended, you also get the added benefit of some extra protection from accidental impact.

The Pentax PH-RBA 52mm Lens Hood is intended for the Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens, and is designed to match the specific focal length of the lens. The "petal" shape of this lens hood maximizes the amount of hood coverage for the minimum amount of weight and hood area.

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PentaxPH-RBA Lens Hood
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

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    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Durable (18)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Rugged (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Sports/action (9)
    • Wildlife photos (7)
    • Everyday (6)
    • Landscape photography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    a must-have if you own the lens too!

    i do own the lovely Pentax K-x camera, the White one that is. it's probably the only camera in that range that comes with a White lens too! (white in here, being...Read complete review

    i do own the lovely Pentax K-x camera, the White one that is. it's probably the only camera in that range that comes with a White lens too! (white in here, being the exterior finish of the lens barrel is also white, in exactly the same manner as the camera itself. for example, the red or navy or other colors of the same camera, or the new upgrade, the Pentax K-r, come with the same lens but their lens exterior finish is black, not of the same color as the camera itself. not that it's really important, but the White K-x / K-r cameras + their White dedicated lenses, are kind of unique, which i like very much about them, aside of course, from their great performance as truly fine quality cameras anyway.)

    i also do own the same lens on my Pentax K-5, but it's the DA-L WR version, which is also of the same 52mm filter thread, but its hood bayonet has been engineered differently so that it won't fit the P-DA lens and vice versa! kind of weird, but that's the way it is. :)

    curiously however, this hood for this particular "amateur" lens, fits its lens a lot more comfortably (less turning movement) as well as securely than the more professional WR lens!

    why Pentax decided to manufacture the duo in such a way? maybe they can come up with an answer to that, besides the fact that all manufacturers always try to sell more items of course and Pentax is no exception! ;-)

    all in all, as i put it in the title too, if you do own this lens, then you do need this hood too, especially considering the fact that Pentax lens hoods are the only ones in the entire photography world that come with a small trapdoor like thing (with a removable lid) underneath that let the user control moveable filters (namely a polarizing one) installed on the lens front. pretty useful feature indeed.

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    I'm having to buy this lens hood again!

    As a firm believer in lens hoods I always use this on the 18-55 kit lens. The hood has the advantage of light weight and it reverses to stow on the lens. The...Read complete review

    As a firm believer in lens hoods I always use this on the 18-55 kit lens. The hood has the advantage of light weight and it reverses to stow on the lens. The little "port" which allows rotating a polarizer is a good idea that all hoods should adopt. Unfortunately its bayonet attachment to the lens has loosened with use to the point that it is likely to fall off. I really can't walk about with the hood attached in shooting position.

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    5.0

    Just whaty I needed

    By Paul

    from Lake Stevens, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

        Exactly what I needed and delivered quickly.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Product

        By Dave

        from Glenside, PA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

          Fits snugly onto lens and appears to effectively do its job of keeping out stray light.

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          5.0

          Bought this one after the cheap one.

          By Steven

          from Eureka Springs, AR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

              This is the second lens hood for my camera. I tried to save money on a aftermarket cheap one. It was so loose it rattled when the camera moved and finally fell off. This one fits tightly, and does the job. It also protects my lens. Spend the extra bucks.

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              4.0

              Replacement for a great price

              By John279

              from Elmhurst, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                    After purchasing my Pentax *istDS in May 2005, the kit lens's hood had worn to the point where it no longer fit reliably. B&H's prices again beat the official Pentax web site by a good margin and who can complain about free shipping!

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                    5.0

                    Pentax Ph-RBA Lens Hood (52mm)

                    By "Nicknow!"

                    from Albany, Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fits lens perfectly
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                        This lens hood slips on the lens with ease. However Pentax has some nerve, in regards to price. In my opinion this hood and all their lenses are overpriced! And to ad insult to injury they don't allow B&H to discount Pentax items. Pentax makes a fantasic product. I love the Kx DSLR camera and the 50-200mm lens I own. I have been buying from B&H, for over 30 yrs). The way the Pentax lens is made, you can screw in a filter and then ad the lens hood into the outergroves of the lens, and the sum total is that it is slik as whisle! Just bite the bullet and spend the money it will be worth it in the long run!

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                        5.0

                        Finally, the exact replacement

                        By RP

                        from Twin Falls, Idaho

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                          After losing my original lens hood two years ago, and being very frustrated and disappointed with low quality third-party replacements, I was very happy to find an original Pentax lens hood at B&H. Plus, it was the lowest price anywhere. [...]

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                          5.0

                          Finally, an exact replacement!

                          By RP

                          from Twin Falls, Idaho

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                            After losing the original lens hood, I spent two years searching for this hood, and was very disappointed with inferior substitutes. I'm VERRY happy that B&H was able to provide this, and at the lowest price, too! Thanks,y'all !!!

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                            5.0

                            Designed for the lens

                            By Jack V.

                            from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use

                              Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                              My Pentax K-r kit included an18-55mm lens, but not a lens hood. This lens hood is designed for this particular lens. Fits well, snaps into place, provides added protection, can reverse on lens for compact storage. Note design avoids cutting off corners of images when lens at wider angles (shorter focal lengths).

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                              4.0

                              Works - Nothing Special

                              By MikeR

                              from VA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use

                                  Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                  As advertised. Only rated 4 stars as it should have been included with the lens. An easy way for Pentax to eat up another [$].

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  exactly what you'd expect

                                  By jamie

                                  from new york, ny

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • A little pricey

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                  Tulip lens hood, tough, fits snugly, etc.
                                  1 little bonus: on the bottom there's a removable door so you can easily adjust your polarizer filters.

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                                  4.0

                                  Fits Pentax K-r perfectly

                                  By Melbournian in NY

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                      Was trying to figure out from various sources which lens hood fit the Pentax K-r. There wasn't a definitive answer out there and nothing I found even in reviews for this lens hood. But rest assured, this lens hood fits perfectly. Even though it's a little more expensive that they non Pentax brand, I think it's worth it to know it fits perfectly and was made specifically for the lens.

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                                      5.0

                                      Nicer than cheap copies

                                      By The photo fan

                                      from Canada

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                            This is more expensive than the some cheap [...] imitation and worth the money.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great little hood

                                            By CRF529

                                            from Australia

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easily Interchangeable
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Sunny conditions
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                              The only thing bad I have to say about this hood is that it doesn't come with the lens!

                                              Its a solid little unit, great shielding and locks in tight. It also reverses on the lens nicely for storage.

                                              For 10 bucks more than a EvilBAY knock-off its a no-brainer.

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                                              5.0

                                              Nice and Durable!

                                              By WesJ.

                                              from Lyme, NH

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easily Interchangeable
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Sports/Action
                                                • Weddings/Events
                                                • Wildlife Photos

                                                Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                It fit my lens perfectly, seems to be of strong build and great quality! I had a little confusion with this and the PH-RBC lens hood that goes with the 18-55 AL WR model that is paired with the K-5, but I got it all sorted out. I would highly recommend this product!

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                                                4.0

                                                a must-have if you own the lens too!

                                                By BNob

                                                from Tustin, Ca

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Consistent Output
                                                • Durable
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                                  • Sports/Action
                                                  • Video

                                                  Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                  i do own the lovely Pentax K-x camera, the White one that is. it's probably the only camera in that range that comes with a White lens too! (white in here, being the exterior finish of the lens barrel is also white, in exactly the same manner as the camera itself. for example, the red or navy or other colors of the same camera, or the new upgrade, the Pentax K-r, come with the same lens but their lens exterior finish is black, not of the same color as the camera itself. not that it's really important, but the White K-x / K-r cameras + their White dedicated lenses, are kind of unique, which i like very much about them, aside of course, from their great performance as truly fine quality cameras anyway.)

                                                  i also do own the same lens on my Pentax K-5, but it's the DA-L WR version, which is also of the same 52mm filter thread, but its hood bayonet has been engineered differently so that it won't fit the P-DA lens and vice versa! kind of weird, but that's the way it is. :)

                                                  curiously however, this hood for this particular "amateur" lens, fits its lens a lot more comfortably (less turning movement) as well as securely than the more professional WR lens!

                                                  why Pentax decided to manufacture the duo in such a way? maybe they can come up with an answer to that, besides the fact that all manufacturers always try to sell more items of course and Pentax is no exception! ;-)

                                                  all in all, as i put it in the title too, if you do own this lens, then you do need this hood too, especially considering the fact that Pentax lens hoods are the only ones in the entire photography world that come with a small trapdoor like thing (with a removable lid) underneath that let the user control moveable filters (namely a polarizing one) installed on the lens front. pretty useful feature indeed.

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                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Hood

                                                  By Fotog

                                                  from Denver

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Strong Construction

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                                    Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                    Works great as far as a hood goes. Nice little pop out window so you dont have to always take the hood on and off for lens caps and such

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Does the Job Well

                                                    By LNoizez

                                                    from Seattle, WA

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Everyday Lens Protection
                                                      • Outdoors

                                                      Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                      Serves its intended purpose well and at a reasonable price. Enough said.

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                                                      • No

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Worth the money

                                                      By Dom2

                                                      from Austin, TX

                                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                                      • Strong Construction

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                                        Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                        Super light and strong and fits perfect

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                                                        • No

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Perfect

                                                        By Margaret

                                                        from Denver, CO

                                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                              purchased this hood for my Pentax Kx (also from B&H). Price was right, [...]

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                                                              • No

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                                                              5.0

                                                              Works great

                                                              By talkingtojoey

                                                              from Elizabethtown, PA

                                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Durable
                                                              • Easily Interchangeable
                                                              • Lightweight

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                                • Sports/Action

                                                                Comments about Pentax PH-RBA Lens Hood:

                                                                I use this in landscape photography mostly. Does a good job of reducing flare. Love that it has a slot on the bottom to be able to access rotating filters like a polarizer or graduated filter.

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