The Ultimate Lens Hood (or ULH) is a silicone lens hood available in a range of sizes that will stretch to fit any camera and completely remove glare and reflection, allowing you to take clean and clear photos, videos and time lapses as if the glass was never there.
If you've ever had a photo through a window ruined by reflection, then ULH is for you!
Perfect for airline and train travel, zoo visits, city observation towers and anywhere else you find yourself needing to shoot through a window.
- Fits to your lens / phone, not the glass so leaves no marks behind.
- Perfect for crowded areas. Compact, discreet and requires no setup once fitted to your lens. Duck and weave around others in even the most crowded of public viewing platforms to get the perfect shot!
- Every ULH now comes with a free microfibre carry case, so it's easy to keep clean and compact when not in use!
First launched in 2018, it's now 12 months on and I'm back to Kickstarter with two highly requested new products: The ULHmobile for smartphones, and the medium-sized ULHgo for DSLR, Mirrorless and Bridge cameras.
A clip-on lens hood for smartphones, the ULHmobile is the single most requested product I have been asked for on my design / crowdfunding journey so far!
With a large opening of 30mm, it'll fit really easily to any phone without the need to waste time on alignment. It's perfect for multi-camera phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max, Samsung S10 and Huawei P20/30 handsets (as shown below!)
Unlike the DSLR/Mirrorless versions, this hood does not collapse and therefore doesn't require any assistance to hold in place. Simply slide the smooth ABS plastic clip over the corner of your phone, check alignment with the camera, place up against the window and begin taking photos with no glare or reflection!
Optimised to give a great balance between hood-size and versatility, the ULHmobile allows you an extraordinary range of both Pan and Tilt, giving you the freedom to get the shot you're looking for every time.
It was key to make sure the ULHmobile could be fitted to any phone regardless of case size or thickness. The solution was to use a smooth plastic clip that literally hooks over the edge of your phone in seconds and won't mark or damage either your screen or case.
Made from silicone, the ULHmobile can be scrunched up and stuffed into a bag or pocket when not in use and will pop back to its original shape next time you go to use it.
A special anti-static coating means any dust or grit that gets on it can be brushed off with ease.
The ULHmobile can be removed from its clip and stretched over small lenses up to 45mm in diameter - perfect for pairing with point and shoot cameras (such as RX100 and G7X) or fitting to smartphone lenses from Moment, Lemuro or others. If you lose or break the clip, there are spares in the box! (3 in total per ULHmobile purchase)
Will it work on the iPhone 11 Pro Max?
After getting hands on with the new handsets from Apple, I can confirm that YES the ULHmobile fits and works with the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. The Telephoto and Wide angle lenses can be tilted to a huge range of angles without issue, but the ultra-wide lens must be pushed a little closer against the glass so the hood does not cause a vignette. The ULHmobile also works perfectly with other 3-camera phones like the Samsung S10 and P30pro.
For those of you that backed or bought the original ULH or ULHmini, your feedback showed there needed to be more of an overlap between the two sizes. The ULHmini stretched to 60-65mm and the ULH would start at 60mm, but any lenses with a 52-58mm filter thread fell into an awkward gap in between - which size would be best? I was asked to make a medium version with a smaller opening and an overall smaller size that would fit a wider range of lenses in a typical camera bag and also be easier/lighter to travel with.
That's where the ULHgo comes in.
With a 50mm opening, it's perfect for kit lenses (like the 18-55 or 75-300) all the way up to 82mm filter thread 'pro lenses' such as the Canon/Sony 16-35 2.8 and 70-200 2.8.
It's 25% lighter and 33% smaller than the original ULH, fits perfectly into the lineup and is the ideal accessory for any travel photographers looking to minimise the weight of the kit they carry with them on a daily basis.
Despite being smaller, you still get an enormous range of pan and tilt and can shoot up to 16mm full frame if you place the lens close to the glass.
Just as before, the new ULHgo can also be used to help protect your precious gear from the elements. Whether it be heavy rain or gravel and sand from capturing a wheel-spinning car, the anti-static silicone makes a great protective barrier.
You can also use the ULHgo as a lens changing pad to save setting your camera down on rough/wet terrain - or use as additional padding for the times you want to bring a spare lens but don't want to use a 'proper' camera bag.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so with that in mind here are a number of examples of photos both with and without the ULH in action so you can see exactly how much effect it has on the shot!
While both the ULHgo and ULHmobile ideas had been planted back in 2018 as feedback from the incredible backers of the first campaign, development didn't properly get started until late February of this year after attending The Photography Show.
My friends and I had an absolutely amazing (if knackering) time at the show and even met a few of the original backers! Feedback, questions and suggestions were flooding in, and the need for the ULHgo and ULHmobile really hit home. So I got to work.
Making the ULH smaller was straight foward as the brief was clear - Smaller. Lighter. Fit a wider range of kit and popular lenses. Anti static coating and more supportive for hands-free shooting of time lapses were two key takeaways from the original feedback.
The ULHmobile took a while longer as I first needed to establish how big both the front and rear openings needed to be to minimise vignetting and work best with every phone out there without making it ridiculously massive. Once that was sorted, the next question was the attachment method. I settled on a slip-on clip rather than a peg-like design as these had proved easiest to fit and could be made to a much higher quality of finish relative to their price than the peg-type sprung clip options.
The tooling is complete, the units you see in the campaign are the finished products and testing is done. I now need your help to cover production costs and get this out there so everyone can start taking reflection free photos, videos and time lapses!
If you have any questions, please message me directly or comment on the campaign and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can! If there are frequent questions, I will add to the FAQ.
And as always, thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
This is far from my first rodeo when it comes to Kickstarter, and there are far too many exciting projects I would like to bring to you in the future to rush things and let any silly mistakes spoil your experience. With that said, there are always things that can go wrong but as I'm partnering with the same factory and same fulfilment warehouse as before, I'm confident these risks have been minimised.
Another step I have taken, and one that I think separates my campaigns from those of some others, is to make sure what you're seeing in this campaign is the fully finished and ready to go version of both products. The tooling is complete, the small details worked out and everything is ready to go - I just need your help to cover the cost of mass production!
As always, I will be posting regular updates, and letting you know as soon as any unforeseen situations develop. I'm always reachable via direct email should you have any questions or concerns - Support@UltimateLensHood.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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