It’s rare that I step up on my soap box about gear… after all to each their own. But this one is just a pet peeve as it causes so many potential problems.

The lens hood doesn’t point this way when the lens is out of your camera bag!


  • Hoods are reversed when packing the lens into a lens pouch or for shipping. This makes it more compact.
  • Turn the lens hood around to provide physical protection to the front of your lens. This can minimize damage from drops, bumps, or running into things.
  • Mounting the lens hood forward also cuts down on unwanted lens flares that can strip a shot of detail and wash out the frame.
  • Turning the lens hood around also makes it easier to see and operate the manual controls on your lens. (Thanks Robert M for pointing that out).

Public service announcement over. Get the most from your gear.