Heliopan Lens Hoods

Metal or Collapsible Rubber Lens Hoods

This may well be the least interesting post on my blog; after all, who thinks about lens hoods?!

The Heliopan 46mm short metal hood fitted to my Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Heliopan 46mm short metal hood fitted to my Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I was looking for a collapsible rubber hood for my Olympus OM-D setup and found these Heliopan hoods. I know the brand already from their excellent vario ND filters, so didn’t hesitate to give them a try.


The Heliopan 46mm rubber hood fitted to my Panasonic Leica 25mm Summilux and Olympus OM-D E-M1. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I’m impressed. Anyone looking for metal hoods or collapsible rubber hoods can’t go wrong with these. They’ll especially suit Mirrorless photographers, so Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony and Leica photographers should give them a look in. There are also larger sizes for DSLR users. The only problem is I can’t find a source which will show what angles of coverage the various hoods will be suitable for, so you may have some trial and error. The two I have work perfectly on these lenses shown here.

I got mine from Teamwork in the UK.

3 responses to “Heliopan Lens Hoods

  1. Metal or collapsable?

    Aren’t they two completely different beasts?

    I like the idea of something that can potentially add a small amount of protection to the equipment as well as providing the essential lenshood function of stopping extraneous light.

    The collapsable hood gives no extra protection if say dropped or bumped. The metal hood might, but the extra resistance might simply exacerbate the knock/drop/bump.

    A plastic hood on the other hand is just as much a lens hood, but if dropped and landing lens-down, might just absorb some of the impact, helping prevent damage, (or it might not).

    • Two totally different types of hood, both with heir uses. The problem with plastic hoods is that they often easily come off and also they’re normally huge, as they’re designed for maximum shading. I often prefer a smaller hood that gives some protection (physically and light). The rubber does give some protection as the rubber comes forward of the lens front element and also protects the sides, even when collapsed. I think any force that would be strong enough to damage the lens with a metal hood will be enough to shatter a plastic hood anyway!

  2. I get my rubber hoods from car boot sales and trim them with scissors. Useful to “sucker” onto windows (car, bus, plane, museum cases etc) to kill reflections. Example on website.

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