A lens hood is an accessory often overlooked by the begginning photographer. But if you start to pay attention to more experienced photographers you will notice probaly almost all of their lenses have these big ugly things sticking out the front of them. Since the Canon 28-105 USM lens is one I often walk around with and that I use a lot, I decided to spend the money on the original Canon recommended hood. This is the hood Canon recommends for this SLR lens and is designed to work well with it.
The EW-63II lens hood is petal shaped to help block out stray sunlight. This is especially useful when shooting into bright light. Digital cameras are especially susceptable to lens flare because the CCD or CMOS sensors are highly reflective. Lens flare is not only ugly in it’s shape when it’s in a photo, it also reduces contrast and sharpness in a photo. So helping improve photo quality is one huge benefit of this little accessory.
Another great benefit is it can help protect the lens for scratches. A lot of times if your lens bumps into something it’ll hit the lens hood instead of the front glass element. I sometimes even place my lens in my bag without the cap in a rush because I know the lens hood will protect it from scratching anything in my bag.
When using this particular lens hood I find it possible to still use a Circular Polarizer at the same time. I have one of the HOYA SMC Slim ones. You have to put the hood in first and than the polarizer on second. It can be a little difficult to use, but the combination of the two is quite neccessary to achieve a photo you want sometimes. If you have large fat fingers you might have some problems with this combo and I definately wouldn’t recommend the slim model to you.
This is an excellent accessory and has helped me get some photos that would’ve otherwise been ruined. It’s well worth the small investment and should stay on your lens all the time. Even if your shooting low light it can offer additional protection to your lenses.