One of the most important accessories for each lens you own. A lens hood provides multiple functions: it shades the lens from stray light, improving your contrast and image quality; in inclement weather, it can assist in keeping moisture or wind-blown debris off the lens; and it protects the front barrel from the inevitable impacts against walls, door frames, and other real-life obstacles. Almost all EF and TS-E lenses have a Canon lens hood engineered specifically for it.
Reviewed by 3 customers
This hood will fulfill the function of keeping stray light from hitting the lens objective. It will not fulfill the other function of a lens hood - protecting the front of the lens from damage from inappropriate contact with the wall or the floor as well has the bayonet lens hoods available for more upscale canon lenses. The plastic of the lens feels flimsy and not as durable as the other canon hoods and the clip on feature is fiddly and does not feel as reliable as the bayonet lens hoods of more upscale canon lenses. I would recommend this to a friend because for certain lenses it is the only game in town and by user experience for 45 years of photography not using a lens hood is not a good option overall.
I cannot count the number of times that lens hoods have saved my lens or camera from destruction. Using a tripod on less than stable ground, I have had a camera take a face dive into some rocks. The lens and camera were fine, and the hood got a small scratch in it. I regularly carry my camera on a sling style strap and feel much safer in the knowledge that the front element is protected from bumps. When shooting macro and trying to get really close, the hood also helps me to not get the lens smashed up into or smudged by my subject. Also, when working around children, a lens hood helps keep those curious fingers off the front element. I consistently purchase hoods for any lenses I purchase that do not already come with a hood included. Honestly, the only time I could see not using a lens hood would be in a studio setting where the environment was controlable.
Good for lens protection. Just play along with Canon's scheme of charging extra for every little things conceivable. This shade works as advertized.