I’m going to start this story by saying that this is my 3rd lens hood for my Nikon 70-200 IS II. My first one was the Nikon HB-48 that came with the lens and it met it’s demise at a Cars & Coffee event I was shooting. When I was putting my lens into the bag I removed the hood, it slipped out of my grasped and cracked when it bounced off the asphalt. I read some reviews on the cheapy ones and saw the same ole discouraging statements I always see when looking at off-brand accessories. “You get what you pay for!” “It didn’t quite fit snuggly.” “Feels flimsy...” Fine, I said. I’ll fork out the $50 for a Nikon one... My second HB-48 stayed with me for almost a year until I lost it at a wedding this September. I briefly glanced at the reviews on the off brands again... These brands are so tempting because it’s just a piece of plastic, whose only purpose in life is to block out some flare and take the brunt of any accidental bumps. Fortunately something has changed since the last time I was in the market for this item and that is that I now live in Manhattan, where there is a B&H Store that has every photography item available for you to touch and inspect with your own eyes prior to purchase.
I grabbed my 70-200 and caught the next Q train to 34th St where I walked over to B&H, straight to the VELLO section......They didn’t have hoods in the VELLO section. I marched right over to an associate and said hey, I need a lens hood for this guy!(gesturing to the 70-200) She said, no problem, we have the Nikon HB-48 and the VELLO LHN-HB 48, which would you like to see? I said, let me see this VELLO that people keep insinuating isn’t up to PAR. She punched in the request and the crate dropped from the ceiling to the conveyor belt where it went around the lens section then back into the floor and popped up through the little doors on her desk. She pulled it out of the box and to my surprise, it was an exact fit. I’m so sorry to Nikon, I love their products but this hood fits more snug than the HB 48s I’ve had. It feels identical in structure and even has the metal components for the release button and latch. With solid construction, a superior fit to the stock one and a price point of $15, I couldn’t pass it up. If you are like me and you lose a lot of accessories in the field, I am here to tell you that you can save yourself $35 by picking up one of these bad boys. I know I will be when I inevitably lose or break this one or any of my other lens’s hoods. I hope this helps anyone on the fence with VELLO hoods. Check out the pics and comment any questions or concerns! Thanks -Dan