on 28 February 2013
While you can and if the extraneous light is not too strong, get away with omitting a lens hood, I think that having an appropriate piece of glass in front of your lenses can save those hopefully rare moments of tears. Hoya's protector filters are the only things I will place in front of my lenses. When buying larger filters, Hoya's Pro 1 Digital range offer a considerable saving on their HD range. The difference I gather is that the filters of the HD range are easier to clean. Still though, full marks for an excellent product that gives one peace of mind.
on 27 July 2012
I live in England so don't get many sunny days, so hardly use this (hence only 4 stars). It's good for taking pics through glass though, such as in museums/aquariums etc as it removes all reflections such that you don't see the glass in your photos.