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Use a Coffee Cup Sleeve as a Temporary Lens Hood

Whether you left your lens hood at home or you don’t even have one, this quick and dirty hack turns a coffee cup sleeve into a temporary lens hood.

Slide the sleeve around the lens, take the photos, toss it in the recycling bin. Except for making a quick cut with pocket knife to adjust the size (if need be) there’s not much else you need to do for this simple sleeve-to-hood hack.

[via DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/6/12

Comments (5)

  1. r

    nice !…like that people can say, “…and who’s the big dork over there with a coffee cup sleeve
    on his lens.”

  2. Citrus Rain


    And that’s when you do the Leo Strut.

  3. BlackHoleSun

    1) Spend hundreds of dollars on a DSLR
    2) Be too cheap to spend $10-20 on a lens hood
    3) ??????
    4) Profit!!!

  4. bluelord

    thats why its called a “hack” blackholesun…

    its neat – but you would ned an opaque cup to really work wont you?

    nevertheless ingeneous idea.

  5. Ted56

    It’s not a hack, someone just put a coffee cup sleeve on the front of their lens, which probably causes lots of vignetting. There is nothing ingenious about that.

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