Screw in a 72mm Camera Lens Hood

A lens hood is ideal when you're photographing outdoors. Regardless of the 72mm lens you use, it can benefit from a hood. Exploring the features will make it easier for you to get the appropriate accessory for your SLR camera.

Why should you use a lens hood?

A lens hood is capable of providing an array of benefits. The first is that it will protect the glass elements from the harmful effects of UV rays. The second is that it provides better image quality by preventing any sun flare. As such, if you're photographing during the brightest part of the day, regardless of what kind of equipment you're using, this is an accessory to attach.

Will a lens hood fit any brand of lens?

A lens hood is often universal in terms of how it will fit any particular lens. It is based on the millimeter measurement of the lens, such as a 72mm, and the suggested length of the hood is based on the focal length of the lens. As long as you buy an accessory in the right size for the type of camera equipment you have, it won't matter what the brand is.

What is a tulip-shaped lens hood used for?

There are two shapes for lens hoods. A tulip-shaped hood has cut-outs on two of the sides. It is used for wide-angle lenses, which have an extremely short focal length. Otherwise, the edge of the hood will likely show up on the images. With the cutouts in place, this is prevented.

How does a hood screw into the lens?

When you have a screw-in lens hood, it will simply thread onto the metal of the lens or the filter that is in place. This is opposed to the other methods that either slide on or snap into place. It is important to thread the accessory on correctly to avoid cross-threading that can damage the lens or filter.

What are some of the available lens hood features?

There are quite a few features found for this type of camera accessory. You will want to review the features to ensure that you get what's needed for your type of photography.

  • Material: Lightweight rubber and acrylic are two of the most common materials used.
  • Type: Some lens hoods are a fixed length while others are adjustable based on the zoom of your lens; these are called telescopic.
  • Kits: Some kits will include such things as filters, lens caps, and conversion rings.