After the Universal Lens Cap, photography accessory manufacturer KUVRD has announced a crowdfunding campaign for its latest product, the Universal Lens Hood. It’s a collapsible silicone lens hood that’s designed to fit 99% of lenses on the market.
“It’s designed to fit over 99% of camera lenses and remain compatible with any lens’ focal length/range without creating vignetting in the corners of the frame, meaning less gear to carry around and more room in your bag,” says KUVRD. “It removes glares and reflections when shooting through windows and holds any size circular filter, allowing you to use your largest filters with your smallest lenses.”
The Universal Lens Hood is the result of more than seven iterations, with the final version being put through “rigorous field testing in varying temperatures” to ensure it’s ready to take on the elements. Made out of “the highest grade hyper-elastic silicone polymers,” the hood can be collapsed or expanded at a moment’s notice, allowing it to be always ready for action while taking up minimal space in your camera bag. It also features a double coating of lint-resistant spray that makes it easy to clean.
In addition to universal lens compatibility, the Universal Lens Hood also serves as a way to hold nearly any size of circular filter on the market by squeezing them between the inner walls of the hood. This can further save space in your bag by reducing the need for step down rings and ensures you can by a single, large VND, ND, CPL, or UV filter for use with even your smallest lenses.
The Universal Lens Hood will be available in two versions: the S|54 for filters 54-76mm and the M|72 for filters 72-112mm.
KUVRD is launching the hood through a Kickstarter campaign that has already surpassed its $5,000 funding goal with over $175,000 in pledges at the time of this writing. You can purchase the Small and Medium Universal Lens Hoods in packs of one, two, three, and four for $30, $50, $75 and $100, respectively.
More info on KUVRD’s Kickstarter campaign.