Delayed response on this: yes, I had a hood. pretty sure that lens was made in USA. Paul didn't really charge for advanced lens repair ($95 incl shipping) and he told me before he did the work what the limitations would be. I told him to go ahead anyway. I guess the issue has to do with a tiny retaining ring without those notches for removal. He didn't want to break the ring or lens element trying to get it off. If he did then I could come on here raising all hell that he destroyed my priceless camera. I don't blame him.