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AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses

B&H # AQSH30028500 Mfr # 1381
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You Pay: $99.95

The Aqua Tech SoftHood, being light and collapsible and very difficult to damage, is a practical alternative to the originally-supplied metal or carbon fiber hoods that you find with the enormous lenses for SLR cameras.

This particular model fits any 500mm f/4 or 300mm f/2.8 lens; it comes with a pair of compression straps to perfectly affix the SoftHood to the outer diameter of your lens barrel no matter the maker.  SoftHood's faster to deploy than a 'reversed' normal hood since you just extend it from its collapsed state, and of course with a name like Aqua Tech it was designed with excellent water resistance in mind.

Lighter than manufacturers' hoods
Compresses when not in use, and does not need to be reversed
Fits any 300mm f/2.8 or 500mm f/4 lens
Resistant to moisture and abrasion
AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
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    AquaTechSoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (8)
    • Durable (5)
    • Easily interchangeable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      5.0

      MUST HAVE!

      By Don Patrol

      from Jersey Shore

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

        I adapted this to fit my Nikon 300mm f/4 and it works GREAT! I use the lens to shoot surf professionally, mostly on the east coast. The lens hood built into the lens is barely adequate;add a 1.4 converter and forget about it! This hood was easy to re-fit and easily handles the early morning glare off the water and builds in great contrast to the images as well!

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        4.0

        Good Product

        By Nikonbug

        from Nashville

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

          This is to go on a 500mm f4 lens. It is a flat flexible cover that rolls around the end of the lens, and is held together by velcro and clasps. It does seem to be a lot of $$ for what it is, but there is really no other alternative since Nikon in their infinite wisdom does not make a replacement lens hood for the 500mm f4.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Maybe, Maybe not

          By Brad

          from Greenville NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

            Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

            Seems to be a great concept and maybe I just got a bad one. I ordered the medium for a 500 f4, but, when in place, the velcro hardly touched so there is not a great or tight fit. The plastic buckles are adjustable so I was able to get it to fit but there is no way I would stand such an expensive lens on this hood. Great concept though. Guess I could have tried the large but simply returned it.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Collapsing Hood by Aqua Tech

            By Thomas from Sweden

            from Finspång, Sweden

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

              I have only tried it out once, but it's saves space in the camera bag. I think the design is really smart. I like the way those Aussies think.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Good product

              By N.C.

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

                The original hood for my old red ring version Tokina 300mm f/2.8 lens would not allow quick release plate attached in hood reverse position. This soft hood works very well as replacement. It also makes the whole system smaller and lighter in storage position. The only cons may be the relative high price.
                This soft hood also work with my 800mm mirror lens with 105mm front diameter, and it greatly improves contrast of the mirror lens.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Hood for the price

                By photodyki

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

                  I use this hood as a replacement for the hood that was taken from my lens. I tried to order a regular replacement from Nikon but the cost was ridiculous.
                  What I love about this hood is the ease of placement, durability and its' weather resisitance. Recently, I was out on an assignment when it started to drizzle. I was concerned that the hood would get soaked and come off....nothing was farther from the truth. The hood stayed on, I was able to get my shot and the glass stayed clean. The ease of use and the lack of weight makes this cover an ideal replacement for my hood

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                  4.0

                  easy and compact

                  By peter138

                  from bonney lake,wa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

                    good for travelling and works as a hood ,and much cheaper to replace than the original hood.

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                    5.0

                    Just the ticket for the avid traveler

                    By WildImages

                    from Aurora, Colorado

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Black-would prefer Canon

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 500mm f/4 & 300mm f/2.8 Lenses:

                    I was skeptical that this lens hood would substitute for the Canon hood that came with the 500mm f4 lens but I was not disappointed. It is strong, mounts to the lens firmly and does not vignette. It is easy to securely attach it to the end of the lens as the hood has counter groves that fit exactly the ridges on the lens. The adjustable snap straps attach it firmly in place. The best part, when traveling, this hood essentially unrolls making it flat where it fits nicely in the bottom of your suitcase. It will also fit flat in your backpack if you prefer to carry all your equipment on a plane. This is what I have been looking for to avoid the bulk of the factory lenshood, something I always had a problem with packing. With the way it is constructed, there is not a problem changing it quickly from the 500mm to the 300mm f2.8 lens. You will not be sorry you purchased this item.

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