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02-09-2017, 06:45
I have just bought a Olympus 35 SP in really nice condition, I just would like to know should I invest in a Lens Hood for it,if so does it have to be an original one or would a after market 49mm Lens hood be ok ?
Also has anybody had experience with this camera as any info but using it etc would be appreciated.

02-09-2017, 06:55
I have the 35RC and I bought a rubber cone shaped hood. It interfered with the rangefinder yellow window. So check that it has plenty of clearance. The one I bought had/has a deep metal screw in part to hold the rubber cone of about 6mm. I removed the rubber and now I have a mini-hood.

02-09-2017, 07:24
When I had mine I used an aftermarket vented metal hood that was angled to minimize intrusion into the VF. It worked fine, though I didn't find it particularly necessary for reducing flare; it was more about protecting the lens. The original was plastic and cone-shaped; I had one of those too, but the metal one was what stayed on the camera most of the time.

02-09-2017, 07:55
I use a 49mm hood from one of my olympus pen f lenses. Really needed only for protection of the lens, I don't find that the lens itself has any flare issues.

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02-09-2017, 08:40
You can sometimes find vintage 49mm flat-sided hoods for cheap on eBay. They intrude into VF but I'm not too bothered by that.

02-09-2017, 09:05
I found a metal Pentax Takumar 55/1.8 hood works ok on my 35RD.
Occasionally I get a reflection from it, but the focus patch is not blocked

02-09-2017, 09:57
How about the Olympus 35 SP original Lens Hood,does that affect the VF ?

02-11-2017, 05:53
My experience with the 35SP is that you often need a hood. The lens is outstanding, but sometimes it can flare easily against the sun.

Any 49mm hood for a normal or 35mm focal length will do the job. Choose one that does not block the viewfinder too much. I have used the cheap rubber type and now use a cheap black plastic, no-brand. Both worked for me.

02-11-2017, 09:45
and why not the original?

I have just bought one, there's one more on the same seller.

but the one I have now is also fantastic, it fits over the lens, which is great to reverse the lens hood and fit it over the lens to close the camera case:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2344/4511646155_a16d446c3c_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/7SFndF)Olympus 35 SP acessoires (https://flic.kr/p/7SFndF) by Denny Narciso (https://www.flickr.com/photos/olympusrf/), no Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5045/5205086981_c3422735b2_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/8VXr1Z)Olympus 35 SP & original Olympus Flash CL DSCF4190 (https://flic.kr/p/8VXr1Z) by Denny Narciso (https://www.flickr.com/photos/olympusrf/), no Flickr

12-16-2017, 08:59
How about the Olympus 35 SP original Lens Hood,does that affect the VF ?

Yes it does obstruct the viewfinder somewhat. That is why I use it very little but someone else might not care.

12-16-2017, 10:29
The metal Olympus 50/1.8 hood is cheap and works well. The rectangular Pentax 28/3.5 hood also looks good and works well.

12-17-2017, 22:55
I don't ever use a hood when I take mine out. No issues so far. I usually have a contrast filter on which adds some protection. Have fun with it! Great camera and use it when I don't want the Leica to draw attention. Or when I just feel like something different.