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Delightfully surprised and yet slightly disappointed
on June 2, 2012
I was expecting some no name collection of tidbits. I was surprised to find my package included a set of Vivitar Series 1 filters similar to Amazon's set Vivitar - Filter kit - fluorescent / UV / circular polarizer - 58 mm: So basically for for an extra $7, you get a generic hood, generic pinch style lens cover, a cleaning cloth and a "cap keeper". Not a bad beginner's kit.
I am not a fan of the hood though, as I have a name brand canon hood which allows me to adjust the hood based on light conditions without unscrewing the hood (it locks in places on the outer lens body as opposed to the machined threads at the lens), whereas this generic hood, once it's screwed on, that's it. In order to adjust the hood "vanes", you are basically unscrewing the hood. If you have one of the included filters on the lens, the hood doesn't have many threads in contact with the filter. So it has the potential to fall off if you are adjusting the hood. If you don't have a filter on, the generic hood is more appropriate since it'll have more "bite" into the threads and can be adjusted without fear of the hood falling off.
I think it's a decent kit for beginners looking for some lens protection but would probably not recommend this for pros or even aspiring pros. In hindsight, I would have spent the dollars and got a better hood. Minus the value of the filters, the remaining lens cap, cloth and cap keeper, weren't of much value/use to my specific needs. It may be for you. Finally, the note included with the purchase gives the consumer a 100% satisfaction guarantee from gojasales (vendor I bought from). That's the main reason I give this product a 5 out of 5. A company that stands behind the products they sell with a 100% satisfaction guarantee which includes taking the product back at their expense. You can't beat that. If your order this product, I think you'll be very happy with the prompt service, decent product and excellent customer care.