Excerpt: This was a replacement lens. The original saved the life of my 70-300 tele lens and probably my camera too. The monopod slipped out of my hand so it was about a 5' drop. Landed on the hood on concrete. The hood jammed up on the lens so that the ring where it attaches cracked, but the hood was soft enough to soften the impact while at the same time hard enough to prevent the lens from getting broken or damaging where the lens joins the body of the camera.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Lifesaver, Lightweight, Reliable