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Some generic items work, some don't
on June 20, 2011
Going by what some of the other reviews said, I figured why spend $30 on an official lens hood when this one will do the trick. But that only holds true if this one does do the trick. Which it does not.
Now I am a big fan of generics and usually they win, but this is one of those times where I feel like it's just not worth the risk.
(I tried this product with this lens: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras)
First and foremost, I felt that lens hood does not attach well to the lens. It is difficult to turn and it feels like I am putting too much torque on the lens and I do not want to damage it. It would be a shame to snap the motor in a $500 lens over a $30 savings in lens hood. Furthermore, when I did finally get it on, and it felt like I turned it all the way, the hood was angled at about 45 degrees. Every other hood I've used had the large petals on the top/bottom or left/right. Again, maybe that's a design choice, but I didn't like it as much.
Returned this item, although I may try another of the generic hoods before going for the expensive one.