The Lens Hood — Don’t Be Like This Guy

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It’s rare that I step up on my soap box about gear… after all to each their own. *But this one is just a pet peeve as it causes so many potential problems.
The lens hood doesn’t point this way when the lens is out of your camera bag!

  • Hoods are reversed when packing the lens into a lens pouch or for shipping. *This makes it more compact.
  • Turn the lens hood around to provide physical protection to the front of your lens. This can minimize damage from drops, bumps, or running into things.
  • Mounting the lens hood forward also cuts down on unwanted lens flares that can strip a shot of detail and wash out the frame.
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Bill Anderson

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I bought a used Canon 2.8/400L telephoto lens (the one in my avatar) which did not come with a lens hood. MSRP for a new one was $500. I went to a pet store and bought a folding cloth version of the plastic dog collar that a vet puts on your dog to keep it from biting itself. The collar works fine as a lens hood and only cost $30. :eek:
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I use my lens hood like that if I'm in a hurry to get a shot (chasing trains for example). Otherwise its always the right way round. The 300 f/4 is nice because it's built in, so no time is wasted putting it into place. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to