Flex Lens Shade Review

April 16, 2013 | Matt Grayson | Accessory Reviews | |


The Lens Shade from Flex is a lightweight, adjustable, fold-flat lens hood that weighs next to nothing and will work on any lens in your bag. Designed to cope with any type of light and from any angle, the idea was born after Tom Hogan - a professional sports and portrait photographer - struggled to get the right shots because of complex and stray light in his places of work. Costing $39.99, the Flex Lens Shade is available directly from the website or from a number of notable retailers.

The Flex Lens Shade comes in two parts; both as equally important as the other. The large part is the Lens Shade. It's a flexible plate with the inside made of a ballistic nylon shell. Two tabs sit beneath the main plate that wrap around the lens. The smaller part is a Velcro strap that fixes the shade to the lens. It wraps over the smaller flaps on the main plate and fixes it to the lens.

The main plate is the flexible part and it can be bent at the base to be moved out of the way if you don't need it. Each side of the plate can also be moved independently to allow more or less light in and reduce flare on either side or both.

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#1 Joe Prete

A Lens Hood might work, but I have been known to hold up a piece of Foam Core too! What happened to improvising? Oh they have an app for that!
...Joe Prete

9:17 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#2 Dan

That’s why I like this site, you review interesting products.

10:58 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Just what we need, some more velcro to grab onto the inside of the camera bag. Like he said, maybe on a long telephoto, but they have long Hoods, if it doesn’t grab the focus ring and by the time you get it right, your shot is long gone. By the way, he spells it Thom Hogan. I find it surprising that Thom Hogan came up with this. You don’t expect to see a guy like him fumbling around with something like this. Why wouldn’t the hood work like it’s designed to?
... Joe Prete

11:44 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#4 Tim Bambrough

I think this flex hood is a great idea. I can not tell you how many lens hoods I have lost. At $20.00 a pop it can get expensive replaa ing them. It really depends on tbe lens as how well the ln hood fits. The one I have lost the most is from a Tamron lens. This alternative flex hood give you more flexability no pun inteaded.

2:44 pm - Monday, April 22, 2013

#5 JackBassV

The problem I have with the flex hood is this: It won’t work with mf lenses.

While most of the time I use auto-focus with my NX20, I do a lot of work using old manual focus lenses. More importantly, I also like to use my collection of film cameras - approx 20 slr and 10+ compact style. And that doesn’t include the roll film cameras (which couldn’t use this product anyway.)

Personally, I’ll stick to using a flash grip with a shield (usually some black card) stuck to it.

11:54 pm - Monday, April 22, 2013

#6 photphone

Can not adjust the aperture, shutter parameter pure
fool class products so as not to be considered.

6:57 am - Friday, June 14, 2013

#7 Sean

I do some team sports in the late afternoon (after school) and usually have a coach or an assistant stand next to me to block the sun. Note I am shooting with the sun at a 45 degree from the camera - say 2 o’clock, which gives me a nice hair light.  I can see this attachment working for me; although, it will be awkward going vertical then horizontal.  Gonna give it a try.

7:45 pm - Saturday, November 23, 2013

#8 Art Kennedy

Am I missing something?  (Other than a normal portion of intelligence) Both parts of the velcro are on the same side of the strap!  When you wrap it around the lens they don’t meet unless you twist the strap!!  WTF?!  Also I have a I use a SONY NEX-6. Small lens - the strap covers the focus ring. 

6:04 pm - Thursday, August 7, 2014

#9 Ian

This looks like it might be a solution for when you’re using step-up filter rings and your regular lens hood can no longer be fitted.

7:35 am - Sunday, August 24, 2014

#10 Joe Prete

In all honesty, they are difficult to deal with.
… Joe

9:01 am - Sunday, August 24, 2014