Excerpt: This is the only lens hood that fits the 18-55mm lens properly. All the other aftermarket lens hoods are either made from really soft plastic or they don't fit the right way. I bought this HB-45 lens hood and noticed how much stiffer the plastic is. There is hardly and flex to it. This hood slips on and off very easy. With my old hood the plastic would distort when I pushed the two buttons to remove it. This resulted in the hood getting stuck.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Fits like it should, Reliable
Summary: I bought this specifically for my Nikkor 18-55 f3.5 lens. It fits a 52mm filter size all right but it vignettes the corners however you adjust the petals. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Summary: If you want to block out any stray light, this does the trick. It's not as "pro" looking as a petal shaped hood, but it fits real nice (since it's made specifically for the lense I have it on). I do a lot of photos of my kids in the yard and we have no tree cover, so the sun has always been an issue that annoyed me until now!
Summary: 1. The cheapie hood is too short and screws on to the focal length threads, so when you change settings the hood rotates also, frequently letting in the unwanted light the hood is supposed to prevent in the first place. 2. The filter set seems very nice, too bad they don't fit the lens, even though the description claims they do. (Added information--I was only interested in the UV filter, so that's the only one I tried.
Summary: These accessories were must for SLRs. For a price little over than 15$ its good. I wish, the micro fiber cloth provided in the cleaning kit should ve been of better quality. The filters were good. (FYI, those were made in Japan. Its relatively better than China for lens and filter manufacturing).
Summary: To use the tulip hood, you have to attach it at the focal lens thread where you adjust focus thus it's moving along with the lens when focusing. Better get the full hood. The filter lens though are awesome!
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) This review is from: Nikon HB-45 Bayonet Lens Hood for Nikon 18-55mm VR DX AF-S Zoom-Nikkor + 3 (UV/FLD/CPL) Filter Set + Accessory Kit (with D40, D60, D90, D3000, D5000 Digital SLR Camera) (Electronics) I love this it helped out allot in the brighter of day to take awesome photos. no more unwanted sun flares.