Amazon customers’ advice on a 58mm lens hood for a DSLR camera

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2019:

I’m starting to devote more time to my neglected hobby of photography, with a view to recording events such as Speakers’ Corner, ICMIs, university presentations, and more. I was about to order a 58mm lens hood for my Canon EOS1100D camera, when it occured to me to check out the small number of related customers’ questions and answers. The idea is that potential buyers of items pose questions before buying, and customers provide advice.

If I were not leading J4MB, I’d be tempted to write a book on these questions and answers. They are a comedy well which never runs dry, to my mind. Both men and women appear equally contradictory, and with some of the answers you suspect people have way too much time on their hands. People will pose questions such as, “Is this item available only in black?”, and get a helpful selection of answers such as:

  • Yes, which was disappointing, because I wanted to order it in white
  • Nope. The one I ordered just arrived, and it’s white, as expected
  • I don’t know, my Aunt Mabel ordered it for me. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Do you have any other questions, which I might be able to answer? I’m 12.

The customer questions and answers on the 58mm lens hood are here. Dear reader, I ordered that lens cap, a bargain for a metal lens hood at £5.99 – here.

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