For those of you not familiar with it, original 50/1.1 Nikkor lens hoods usually sell in the $3000 to $4000 range in nice shape, due to rarity and high demand. That's right, the lens hood ONLY.
The reason is that the 50/1.1's are probably the most sought after and popular Nikon Rangefinder lens. The original lens Nikkkor hoods are very difficult to find. Most (95%?) were made of plastic and were easily broken.
Tom A produced 26 metal lens hoods a few years back, far superior in strength to the originals.
All are now sold out. You can see the original prototype at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rapidwi...7603555472315/
My article with pics is at http://www.cameraquest.com/nrf5011TAhood.htm
Anyway, Tom is considering making a 2nd production run. I am taking pre-orders (no deposits) at $750 each. As they are far more complicated than they might seem to make, Tom wants another 25 orders before making the next batch.
If you want one, just PM Tom A or myself.