Lens Hoods : Third Party VS. Manufacturer Made Lens Hoods
July 19, 2010
I’ve encountered this question many times, Third party made lens hoods(including those sold on ebay) vs manufacturer made. In my strongest opinion it is ok to get a third party made lens hood, in fact they work as well as the original. All of my lens hoods are from third party chinese manufacturers and were bought from amazon and ebay, most of them from ebay, except those for my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and the Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras which came with a manufacturer lens hoods.
First of all I see no big difference in them, they are both made of hard plastic and like what I said, they work just as well as the original and they are way cheaper compare to those made by each camera manufacturer. Just remember when buying a lens hood for your specific lens, get the manufacturer specified lens hood, let’s say you have a Canon EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS Lens which uses the Canon ET-65B Lens Hood just do a search on Ebay or Amazon for Canon ET-65B Lens Hood, and if you have a lens hood use them, never leave them at home or in your bag. If you want to protect your lens, your lens hood is the answer.
You can buy third party lens hoods for your lens from Adorama and Amazon.
I wrote a short post months ago about the benefit of using a lens hood, you can read it here.