Q. What accessory is the perfect gift for a photography enthusiast? A. The HoodLoupe 3.0.

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The HoodLoupe 3.0 is sandwiched between my camera’s LCD panel and my eyeglasses. While I take photographs, the HoodLoupe hangs lightly on a lanyard around my neck; it is out of the way yet readily accessible. The purpose of the HoodLoup is explained below. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

I’m a little late for Mother’s Day and quite early for Father’s Day. Whatever the occasion, I think the HoodLoupe is a great gift idea for treating yourself or someone else.

This photo was taken on a snowy winter day. However, the HoodLoupe I’m using in the photo is intended for bright situations in all seasons.

The purpose of the HoodLoupe is to, no matter how bright the setting, allow for glare-free viewing of the LCD panel on a digital camera. No more bending over at the waist tucking the camera — with my eyes glued to it and my hand over it — to my chest in an effort to shade the LCD panel.

For about $75, Santa purchased for me the HoodLoupe at B&H Photo. It fits easily in my camera bag and seems weightless when I wear it, on the included lanyard, around my neck.

I’m extremely nearsighted. I like that the HoodLoupe has a +/-3 diopter to adjust for my vision.

The first 70 seconds of the video below illustrate how the HoodLoupe 3.0 from Hoodman is used.

Update 4-14-13: The original video I posted here is no longer available. Today I added a different explanatory video (below) that I think is even better.

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The front and back of the packaging are below.

Front of HoodLoupe packaging. Click on image to enlarge.

Back of HoodLoupe packaging. Click on image to enlarge.

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3 Responses to “Q. What accessory is the perfect gift for a photography enthusiast? A. The HoodLoupe 3.0.”

  1. Peg Moore Says:

    Who took the pic of you? Nice! (Color, composition, etc.) Maybe Jeff would like a HoodLoupe? 🙂

  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Peggy: Bill took the picture with my little point and shoot. It ***did*** turn out pretty well!

    I forget to take the HoodLoupe outside with me sometimes. And, then, even when I do, sometimes I forget that I have it with me. One reason I like it is because when I don’t use it and it is bright out, with the glare on the LCD panel, I’m sometimes fooled into thinking my pictures are better than they really are. And, since I get satisfied, I quit taking more of the same setting. The HoodLoupe gives me a more accurate picture (no pun intended!) as to the quality of my photos, and therefore lets me know what I should try to adjust (if anything).

  3. Holly Newhouse Says:

    If you don’t mind my asking can you email me and let me know the brand and size of the lens you are using, i have the same camera and love that lens but, cannot find one anywhere. i would deeply appreciate it and got the hood loupe and love it!!

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