DSLR accessories

DSLR lens hoods

Written by Gail Bjork

Lens hoods shade a camera lens from undesirable light effects on photos such as flaring and ghosting.

DSLR lens hoodCamera lenses can be sensitive to light sources that are placed just outside the frame. Light coming from certain angles can generate flaring and ghosting on pictures.

A lens hood is a device that attaches to the front of the lens and “shades” it from those light sources and their undesirable effects. Hoods can be purchased for almost any lens diameter.

Hoods come either bowl-shaped, like an expanding tube, or petal-shaped. Petal-shaped lens hoods are generally lighter.

Table Bay yacht by Damien du Toit used under the Creative Commons license

Example of lens flare

Many higher quality lenses come with a hood at purchase. Some companies offer them as accessories on all lenses. They can also be purchased from third-party manufacturers. A hood provided with a lens can usually be reversed to fit backwards on the lens when not in use.

Rubber and metal lens hoods

Rubber hoods are useful because they collapse for storage. They can be collapsed while on a lens when the hood itself is not needed.

Metal hoods are sturdier but heavier. They may provide some protection if the lens is bumped or dropped.

One caveat is that lens hoods make polarizing filters more difficult to operate.

Table Bay yacht by Damien du Toit used under the Creative Commons license

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

2 Comments

  • Glad you’re enjoying your camera, Nanahuff! The S series are great cameras. I’m seriously thinking about buying another one in the near future.

    Your S3 needs an adapter when using a lens hood. It can be purchased in a set from Canon.

    Or other photo shops and online retailers such as Amazon:

    Before I sold my Canon S2, I purchased some accessories from Lensmate. They are very helpful and have a lot of good information at their website.

  • HI,
    I have a Canon S3IS camera and I want to know if the camera hood would be able to be attached to this lens? I am still  learning how to use this camera, but have had wonderful success with pictures.