Start your weekend off the right way by taking advantage of this sweet website that offers printable templates you can use to whip up your own collection of lens hoods. We covered LensHoods.co.uk way back in 2006 and the free service is still going strong. In fact, they’ve added new templates and even launced a sister site, Lenshoods.com, which is “optimized for digital SLRs with 1.5x and 1.6x crop sensors.” Be sure to swing by both websites and grab your templates so you’ll never find yourself without a lens hood. Templates are available for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina lenses.
As we suggested in the original 2006 post, you can substitute the cardboard part for polypropylene for an even more durable and slightly more classy version. It might cost you a little bit more, but if you’re hard on your equipment, it might be worth a shot, especially if you already have some laying around. If you can’t find polypropylene, I’m sure there are a number of other materials you could use instead, one Reddit user suggested that super lightweight fun foam, that can be found in most craft and hobby stores.