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I am a keen photographer and as such I have a lot of equipment that helps me to produce a much better end product. Canon has always been my manufacturer for choice, simply because I think it's the best all round performer (although Nikon comes in very close behind). I have the Canon EW-78E Lens Hood to fit onto my EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens - and was actually thrown in free when I bought this zoom lens a few years ago. Having said that, if it hadn't have been complementary, you can pick it up on Amazon for around £25.00 and so it's not going to break the bank - although it's worth mentioning that this lens hood is the dedicated lens hood for this particular lens and unfortunately it doesn't fit on any of my other lenses.
The lens hood is the weave design whereby part of the lens hood is extended outwards and so this protects extra stray light from entering the lens, and yet because it is only partially extended, it also allows adequate light for maximum adaptability. As all lens hoods that I've ever come across, it is made out of plastic - and this plastic seems to be durable and despite being bashed around from time to time, it only has some very minor scratches on it. The inside of the lens hood is coated in a non-reflecting substance and so this also limits unwanted reflections when you're being an artistic genius!
I like the fact that the Canon EW-78E Lens Hood fits onto the main lens barrel and so it is possible to continue to use filters if you want. This is important as, at the very least, I always have a UV filter on my lenses for protection - and I don't think I would consider using a hood if this meant that I wasn't able to use a filter of some description. Attaching and removing the lens hood is simple and it just screws on and off without any problem.
However, one of the negative things about this lens hood is that you can't reverse the hood for storage when you're not using it and so I need to remove it when not in use. I find it very useful when reverse storage is possible.
Overall, I think this is a decent dedicated lens hood and I would recommend it.
The petal-shaped EW-78E hood attaches with a two-pronged bayonet mount.
The hood's inner wall has been given a flocking treatment for advanced anti-reflective performance. The hood's exterior features a leather-tone coating to match the high-end finish of the lens.
|Product Description:||Canon EW-78E - lens hood|
|Accessory Type:||Lens hood|
|Compatibility (Lens):||Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM|
|Designed For:||P/N: 15 85 f 3 5 5 6 IS, 3560B002, 3560B005, B3560B005|