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Canon missed the boat. This comes close.
on June 12, 2013
First, let me qualify my perspective for this review.
I normally shoot images with my Canon EOS D-50. But, what I needed was a lighter digital camera for extended backpacking trips. That led me to the Canon Powershot SX50 HS - which is an extraordinary camera. Canon, however, produced very few accessories specifically for the '50. There was a bayonet adapter that allowed you to use 67mm filters (only). Or a bayonet mount tulip lens hood. So you had the choice of using either a filter or the tulip hood. Not a good choice. Although Canon scribed groves into the inside of the lens barrel, that was done only to allow the lens cap to firmly grip the lens and does not allow you to screw in a filter.
I was hoping that this kit would resolve the problem. It does... almost.
This bayonet mount allows you to screw onto it anything with 58mm threads. This gives you access to pretty much any sort of camera filter ever made. However, the barrel on the tulip hood is so long that at the 50's widest (24mm) the hood's barrel becomes just visible in the upper right corner of the frame. This vignetting is exacerbated and pronounced if you stack a filter with the hood - effectively preventing you from going to maximum image capture (if you need to shoot with both a filter and lens hood.) To my mind, this explains why Canon's OEM filter adapter for this camera goes from bayonet to 67mm threads - you can stack 67mm filters without vignetting. (The engineering solution to this problem is to have a bayonet tulip lens hood with 58mm filter threads on the inside of the hood.)
If you don't shoot a lot of wide angle images, then this kit will work for you just fine and is a great deal. One final note - the hood is plastic while the adapter and all of the filters are metal and if you aren't careful screwing the hood onto the adapter or filters there's a good chance of cross-threading the hood.