Haoge is Making Great-Looking, Bayonet-Mounted Protective Metal Lens Hoods for a Range of Fujifilm Fujinon XF Lenses

While doing comparative research on lens hoods for Fujifilm’s Fujinon XF and other brand lenses for mirrorless cameras for an article on one of Squarehood’s excellent lens hoods, I came across frequent mention of an accessories maker named Haoge. 

The shortcomings of the plastic petal lens hoods supplied with many mirrorless lenses or available as seperate items for an extra cost is a pet peeve, with several of my lenses currently hoodless as their plastic bayonet connectors have worn down so much they fall off as soon as they’re attached. 

Luckily Fujifilm set the lens hood bar higher with the company’s rectangular metallic LH-XF23 hood for the Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R and that’s often used on the XF 56mm f/1.2 R, followed by the LH-XF16 for the XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR then the LH-XF18 for the XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR and most recently the LH-XF23-2 for the XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR and XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR

Haoge LH-X13B lens hood for Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R. I have one on order and a long wait for arrival. Image courtesy of Haoge.

The effectiveness and desirability of these OEM lens hoods is attested to by clones made by third party accessories makers such as JJC and Vello which are priced lower and are sometimes easier to obtain, two factors that persuaded me to invest in two JJC LH-JXF23 lens hoods that have served me well for many years now.

My Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R and XF 56mm f/1.2 R lenses are amply protected by JJC LH-JXF23 lens hoods bayonet-mounted over Breakthrough Photography X4 62mm UV filters while the provided plastic lens hoods have been in comfortable retirement for some years now.

Haoge metal lens hoods for two Fujinon 50mm lenses

The 75mm-equivalent 50mm focal length is one of my favourite and I’ve had the pleasure of trying out the Fujinon XF 50mm f/2.0 R WR “Fujicron” lens a couple of times now.

The one thing that’s prevented me from pulling the trigger on a 50mm “Fujicron” is the hope that Fujifilm will produce a 50mm f/1.4 “Fujilux” lens to sit alongside its new XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR, XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR and XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR lenses with the hope that they will prove as effective for video as for stills photography.

The downside to using “Fujicron” and Fujifilm pancake lenses for video as well as stills is the lenses’ small filter diameters of 39mm, 43mm and 46mm which demand a stack of step-up rings to bring them up to 82mm for my fixed and variable neutral density filters, or a matched set of same brand, same model but various filter diameter fixed or variable NDs so each lens can have filters semi-permanently attached.

The “Fujicron” XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR is an intriguing lens that I have yet to see or try out, but for me 75mm-equivalent lenses are better suited to documentary photography and video than portraiture.

I’d love it if Fujifilm also added an update to the XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro lens to its XF lens roadmap along with a 70mm f/1.4 “Fujilux” lens to bring much-needed 90mm and 105mm-equivalent portrait focal lengths to its XF lens system.

I made the composites above to see what the current two Fujinon 50mm lenses might look like with protective metal lens hoods rather than the more fragile plastic lens hoods.

I know which type I’d be more comfortable with using when in the crush of a protest rally.

More Haoge bayonet-mounted lens hoods for Fujifilm X-Series cameras and lenses

Right now I have can’t attest to the quality, fit and protective capabilities of Haoge’s lens hoods as my order is scheduled to arrive anywhere between now and early January 2022 given the COVID-19 situation.

But I can testify to being impressed at how many Haoge lens hoods for a range of Fujifilm cameras and lenses I uncovered during my research.

I am still finding out which suppliers might be best for them and when I do so will add them to the list below.