Photography has always been an expensive hobby that requires tons of lenses and accessories, which is why lots of hobbyists decide to turn it into a career.
Today we’ll be discussing the Universal Lens Hood by KUVRD (pronounced “covered”) and its Kickstarter campaign. It aims to provide a lens hood that will fit any camera.
We’ll give you all the information you need in order to decide whether it’s worth it or not before you make a purchase.
The Crowdfunding Campaign
The first thing that stood out to me are that there are two different sizes of what’s supposed to be a UNIVERSAL lens hood. It comes in s/54 (small), which is the smaller size, and m/72 (medial), the larger size.
Why is this a problem? Simply put, the fact that there are two different sizes means that it won’t fit every camera and accessory the same way, which it’s designed and advertised to do.
If you buy a small and think it’s going to fit large filters or lenses, you’re in for a rude awakening. Likewise, at some point the large size won’t accommodate small parts. The s size will stretch from 52mm to 76mm, while the m size will stretch from 72mm to 112mm.
In the comments, the creator has come right out and said that the Universal Lens Hood won’t fit a 146mm lens. Alternatively, it won’t work on lenses smaller than 52mm.
Our Analysis and Review
While it’s sturdier than some other lens hoods made from similar materials, it’s still pretty flimsy. If it will flop around like it’s shown to in the video, it’s going to move to some degree.
Movement is not necessarily what you want in regard to camera accessories, which is why most camera hoods and lenses screw into place. Yes, that’s sometimes a pain, but it keeps the hood secure.
It’s made from silicone, so it’s nowhere near indestructible. KUVRD makes lens caps, as well. As you can see from pictures here, they’re made from similar materials as the Universal Lens Cap.
Some backers have voiced concerns in the comments about this, saying that the lens caps have a tendency to tear. KUVRD says that the Universal Lens Hood is designed with thicker side walls. But even with that reassurance, silicone hardens and tears or cracks over time, so you’ll have to keep that in mind.
The Potential Shortcomings
After you back something on Kickstarter, the creators send you a survey that lets you determine sizes, colors, quantities, etc. On this campaign, backers are stating in the comments that there’s no way to add both sizes of the Universal Lens Hood.
This is apparently a preliminary survey, and it isn’t finished. Another will be sent after the campaign is over. But, it’s definitely confusing backers right now.
This definitely isn’t the only silicone lens hood on the market, and it isn’t the only one that’s designed to be somewhat universal. In fact, there was a partner who split off from the KUVRD team and went on to make his own, which he called the Ultimate Lens Hood, and then copyrighted the use of “ULH”.
That’s why even though it would have been a lot easier for them to type ULH all over this campaign, they didn’t. There seems to be some rivalry going on in the comments with someone trying to promote ULH on the Universal Lens Hood’s campaign. But, whatever the case is with that, the Universal Lens Hood isn’t the only silicone lens hood on the market.
Is the Universal Lens Hood worth it? I’m not fully convinced. In fact, I like the ULH better. There are more sizes available, and there’s even a version for mobile phones, which makes it accessible for all types of photography. It’s on Amazon (button below), you can check it out here and make the decision yourself: