Sick and tired of your white Canon L lens clashing with your black lens hood? No? Oh well, Vello‘s new line of lens hoods probably isn’t meant for you. The maker of 3rd party Canon lens hoods has launched three new lens hoods that come in white to match the color of Canon’s high-end telephoto lenses.
Nikon has released some pretty interesting patents in the past. As recently as October of this last year we saw a patent for a camera attachment that blows air into the tripod mount to keep your sensor cool. Just days before that another patent showed that the company might be building features specific to “camera toss” photography into its compact and mirrorless cameras.
Nikon’s most recent patent isn’t quite as out there, but still unique as far as we can tell — it’s a dual lens hood. Read more…
Lens hoods and protective cases are nice accessories to have, but they’re generally only bundled with professional L glass when it comes to Canon lenses. Canon USA almost never includes them with lenses that don’t carry that distinctive red ring (or a green ring). Last week, Bryan Carnathan over at The Digital Picture recently noticed that the pre-order pages for the new Canon 35mm f/2 IS over on B&H and Adorama listed a hood and case as part of what’s included. The news surely got many a Canonite wondering, “will bundled hoods and cases be included with non-L lenses now?”
Unfortunately, the answer is no — at least for photographers in the US.
Lens caps are often cast aside in favor of lens hoods, but what if you could have both in one accessory? That’s what the Hoocap does. It’s not as fancy as the blooming lens hood concept we featured a year ago, but it seems pretty well thought out. Extend the cap/hood out from your camera, and the two “curtains” open up, allowing the camera to “see” and blocking errant light from causing flares. Close it, twist it, and push it into your lens, and it locks into its closed position for protecting your glass.
Lens hoods can become loose over time, leading to annoying rattling sounds or problematic vignetting if the hood rotates into your shots. Instead of buying a replacement hood, you can apply a quick fix using a little tape or glue. Simply cover the threads with a few layers of tape or a few dabs of non-permanent glue (be sure to wait until it dries). The extra material around the threads should help the lens hood to secure much more tightly to your lens.
We’ve shared a lens cap and hood hybrid here before, but this one is much nicer. “Flower”, dreamt up by designers Rhie Hyi Joong and Lee Sang Hwa, is a concept lens cap that blooms into a hood by simply turning a ring.
Lens hoods are ridiculously expensive considering the fact that they’re simply fancy plastic tubes. If you’d like to use a lens hood but don’t feel like shelling out wads of cash, you can create your own cardboard lens hoods!
First, a disclaimer: The resulting lens hood may not make your camera look more impressive, and may not be as effective as the real thing.
lenshoods.co.uk and lenshoods.net are two nearly identical websites that offer printable lens hood templates for a huge list of lenses. Here’s what the templates look like:
The only difference with lenshoods.net is that it offers hoods that are “optimized” for crop sensor cameras.
All you need to do is print out the template (on A4, A3, or A2 paper), cut it out of black card stock, and assemble it with tape or glue.
If you’d like to have a unique looking hood for your lens, you can also design your own custom lens hood.