Summary: Lightweight plastic, but not cheap feeling. There's no hint of a seam between the outer plastic and thin inner layer of textured/light absorbing material. Doesn't feel like it's going to fall off my Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras , onto which the hood clips effortlessly. Seems like a decent length (long enough to catch oblique light) but I haven't been able to test in bright sunlight yet.
Summary: Excellent craftmanship, with proud "MADE IN JAPAN" imprinted on it. The inside of the hood where the light gets absorbed instead of reflecting is specially treated, which almost feels like cloth. I compared this genuine hood with the one (for Canon 50mm lens) I ordered from Hong Kong on eBay, which I paid only less than $8.00. I may have saved $20, but think about carring this lens for years with a fake hood attached to it. Worth $20? I think not.
Summary: Canon EF 35mm F/2 lens glares easily from the stray sun rays, so a hood is necessary. PROS: * Easy to attach and detach (Snaps on, no need to align the dots). CONS: * Unlike screw-on hoods, the attachement to the lens is wobbly and doesn't feel solid. * Not large enough to protect from all the glares. Occasionally, I have to use my hand or a baseball cap as an improvised hood extesion.
You need some expensive, professsional-looking plastic
Edwin L. Davis II "bd", Amazon
5 January 2007
Summary: Hey, it makes sense to me. You need some expensive plastic to protect your great cheap plastic lens. You wanted to explore the primes without taking out a second mortgage, right? Besides, every goober who sees your lens hood will be convinced that you are a pro.