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Excellent Alternative to Canon Hood
on April 27, 2010
It's unfortunate that a lens from Canon which is for nearly all intents and purposes an L-series lens, isn't given the L designation and therefore isn't shipped with a quality Canon hood. I wish Canon would have bundled these items together.
That said, Canon got the lens right, it's an amazing piece of glass and fits the 1.6x crop bodies (Rebel, 10-50D) perfectly, if I only had one lens for my 40D it would be this one. A bit short at 55 for some things, but for the vast majority of tasks it's perfect.
So I got the lens and needed a hood, because I often shoot outdoors at any given time in the day. I looked at the Canon model and like many was blown away by the pricetag, I believe it was $48 at my local retailer and a bit less online from various sellers. That's a lot of moolah for some plastic and felt.
I'd never used an Opteka product but decided to give this one a try, it was worth the shipping given the price difference if I wanted to ship it back afterall. First impression was that it fight tight. Other reviewers have mentioned that they had to trim the plastic to get it to fit. I didn't have to trim anything, but it took a couple weeks of use to loosen up a bit and make it easy to take off and put on. However, this isn't really a bad thing in my opinion, much worse would be if it came fitting too loose. I've had no issues mounting it in reverse for storage, fits equally well.
Inside there's no real flocking, no felt. It's just painted and/or textured a flat black. Seems to work fine, I've tried to produce lens flare with the hood on and it works just as well as the huge barrel hood on my 24-70 2.8L. Performance wise, I'm very satisfied with the product.
Wide open there is some additional vignetting to the lens' own. Absolutely minimal. Hardly worth mentioning. In fact, I'm surprised I even mentioned it. Really it's not an issue. Most if not all Canon hoods create a little vignetting if you really try to force it, but nobody other than you is going to notice it in your prints. If you're that hardcore then you're probably doing minute vignette correction in post processing regardless of whether you have a hood on or not.
Overall, this is a quality alternative to the Canon hood, and the price is great. Why pay for the name? Hopefully Canon will bring their accessory prices in line with some of these 3rd party/aftermarket manufacturers' offerings.
Regarding my rating of 5 stars.. I was on the fence between 4 and 5. The argument for 4 is that there is no felt flocking, and it isn't quite as thick/heavy/sturdy plastic as the Canon model. But, it's also a fraction of the price, and does exactly what it's intended to do, and does it well. So it wouldn't be fair, in my opinion, to give it a lower rating in comparison to another item which is priced higher, rather, I am rating this item on it's own merits and attributes. It's a quality item that does it's job reliably at an excellent price, therefore 5 stars.