Lens Hoods for my Canon Lenses – Phottix Brand
I’ve been a Canon user for many years – currently I use a Canon 5D Mark 11.
like a lot of photographers I know that lenses are more important than cameras.
My lenses are a mixed bag from Canon, Sigma and Tamron.
Canon lenses are of high quality.
But, here’s the thing, unlike the independent lens makers Canon provide no lens hoods for most of their lenses when you originally purchase them.
Does it matter?
What are lens hoods for?
There are two main reasons for using lens hoods.
- protect the lens from fingermarks or worse.
- stop extraneous light falling on the lens.
The protection functions are important but I’m one of those photographers who always uses a skylight or UV filter which protects the front element.
For protection purposes I tend to use rubber lens hoods as they can be pressed up against glass or wires.
So what about light falling on the lens?
If light falls on the lens the results are
- lower contrast
So, lens hoods however inconvenient are essential in certain circumstances.
But there’s another problem – the price.
Canon do provide lens hoods for their lenses but they seem a tad on the expensive side for what seems to be a piece of round plastic.
There are alternatives.
As usual when I want to check out equipment here in Sofia I go to Photopavilion
I quickly found Canon fit lens hoods made by Phottix.
I decided to buy one for my Canon 100mm Macro lens.
The price was 25 lv which is about £11.00 in British money
The legend on the box claimed the lens hood was made from unbreakable plastic – I decided not to test this claim.
The Phottix lens hood fits the lens securely and easily using a bayonet fitting not a filter screw.
This means that the diameter of the lens is larger than the lens so there is no chance of vignetting.
My tests on my full frame camera confirm that the lens hood does not cut off the corners of the picture – so it is the right length.
For storage the lens hood reverses over the lens.
This of course makes the lens a bit wider – there’s no problem in my camera bag but the lens will no longer fit the hard leather case I often use.
One more point is that as this lens hood works well with my full frame sensor it should be fine for crop sensor cameras too.
The basic design is not perfect.
Round lens hoods are convenient but not as effective as rectangular hoods conforming to the shape of the image sensor.
The inside of the lens hood is smooth.
Looking through my old lens hoods I found some that I’d lined with flock paper. I might do this again.
My conclusion is that this lens hood is an excellent buy.
It has given me confidence in Phottix products and I have bought some other items.
I’ll test them and let you know.
My picture this week is of Crocuses Blooming on Mount Vitosha.
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