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I have never owned a lens hood, but I have owned a lens filter for my kit lens. I now have a new lens, a Canon 50mm F/1.8 STM, and I want to buy a lens hood. I read that lens hoods are made specifically for the lens, not necessarily the lens size. Will putting on a regular sized lens filter make it incompatible with a lens hood? I also own 67mm lens filters for my kit lens and would like to use a step up ring to make them compatible with my 49mm diameter lens. Will a lens hood still fit with a step up ring in the way? If not, can I buy a lens hood that is compatible with my kit lens so it will fit on the step up ring?

  • Be aware of potential vignetting. Some lenses are so close to their vignetting limits that eg two filters stacked or an (usually nasty) aftermarket hood that screws onto the filter thread will cause vignetting at the corners. This may be subtle enough to be unnoticed until specifically looked for but still enough to lower quality markedly. – Russell McMahon Sep 2 '16 at 0:57
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I've never seen a conventional hood that will allow use of step-up rings. About the closest you might come to that for most lenses would be a filter system with a holder, such as the Cokin P-series system, that uses various step up rings for each of your lenses and offers attachments to the filter holder that shade the front of the lens from off-axis light. They are sometimes referred to as matte boxes.

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In the case of the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, though, the specific design might let you get by with something such as you envision.

The Canon hood specified for the lens is the ES-68 that attaches in a bayonet style on the outside barrel of the lens. The filter threads for the lens are on the inner barrel that extends and retracts with focusing movements. There is a larger than typical difference between the diameters of the filter threads and the inside of the lens hood. You may be able to squeeze a step up ring in there and attach a larger filter, but I doubt you'll be able to go from 49mm to 67mm because the difference in the thread and outer barrel radiuses appears to be less than 9mm. You could measure your lens to be sure, though.

Another option might be to use an aftermarket screw in hood that attaches to the lens' filter threads. You would then attach a step up ring and filter to the the threads on the front end of the spin-on hood if the hood has them. The front threads are probably in the 52-55mm range but might be large. Just measure before you get a step up ring.

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A 49mm filter will work just fine when using the ES-68 hood. So willl a 58mm filter.

I use my 50mm STM with an ES-68 hood and always keep a 49-58mm step up ring attached. I prefer the larger 58mm lens cap and occasionally use a 58mm CPL as well.

I tried adding a 58-67mm step up ring but found that the ES-68 hood will not fit over the step up ring.

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