Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Rubber Lens Hood Arrives

A few weeks back I blogged about a Quick FX episode from Knoptop that featured a very large, yet inexpensive, rubber lens hood. I was so impressed by the potential of this hood, that I went ahead and bought one for myself. What I really liked was that, with a cheap step-up ring, the hood would not only fit my stock Canon HFS100 lens, but also my wide angle Raynox 6600. Now I have one very affordable hood that suits all my needs.

The above photo shows the three lens hoods I've been using. The first is a plastic "flower petal" hood that fits my stock 58mm thread, the rubber hood is in the middle (flanked by the step-up ring) and the Canon XH-A1 hood that fits on the Raynox. The petal hood was a cheap buy on ebay and works fine, but the coverage from the sun (as you can guess) is limited. The XH-A1 hood (which I picked up at a photography store for $17) works well and looks good, but only fits on a 72mm diameter lens and only works with it's screw mount. I always had to wrap the Raynox with a thin piece of gaffer's tape and even this wouldn't guarantee the hood would stay on. If I bumped something, chances were good the hood would go askew or fall off.

The rubber hood / step-up ring (58mm to 72mm) combo is a great solution. Now I have one hood for all seasons that is compact (it collapses) and useful. It fits nicely into my camera bag along with the ring, ready for action. Not bad for $5.30. Anyone want to buy the Canon XH-A1 hood?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i really like that rubber lens hood too, but would it fir in my camera. i have a NEX-VG10 and the stock lens is 16mm would anyway possible will fit my camera ??

Scott Eggleston said...

You just have to find the thread size on your camera lens, then find the rubber lens hood that matches. There are all kinds of sizes on eBay.

Anonymous said...

16mm sorry lol its a 67mm lens, so pretty much is to find a step-up ring, hm ima look into that

Anonymous said...

hi Scoot i really want to buy the Canon XH-A1S Lens Hood for my 72mm wide converter, which is ok so i was wondering if you can help to get the lens hood ? thanks

Scott Eggleston said...

I found mine in a local photography store, but eBay is always an option.

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