Proper use of the Summilux-M 35mm ASPH hood
I have written this post because I had problems with the hood of the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. Finally, I solved the problem, and it hadn't nothing to do with the hood itself, but with the instruction manual!
The instructions about the use of the hood in the small "Instructions" card included with the lens are wrong.
I will explain the problem here for all Summilux-M 35mm users:
1) The text in English is this (p. 11): "To fit the lens hood, place
the white dot on the lens hood against the white index dot on the
lens and push down". This is uncorrect. The correct procedure is this: "To
fit the lens hood, place the red vertical red arrow against the white
index dot on the lens, press the two catches and push down. When the
hood is placed, release the two catches and turn the hood's ring to
the right following the direction of the horizontal red arrow".
2) Then, the original text says: "To remove the lens hood, simply
press the two catches and pull off the hood the lens". This is
uncorrect as well. The correct instruction should be this: "To remove the
lens hood, turn the hood's ring to the left and then press the two
catches and pull off the hood from the lens."
I can read French, and the instructions are erroneous in that
language too. I don't know if the problem affects the German instructions or not.
If you follow the instructions as they are you will be
unable to put in or take out the hood. Even more, you can damage the
lens trying to manipulate the hood by putting a lot of pressure on it
in the wrong direction!
Now, manipulating the hood is easy, and I like the hood.
I have contacted Leica and they will fix this problem with the instructions. I have suggested them to put a note in the lens' webpage.