Well, I am soon going to be looking around for new lenses for my camera but right now I am just gonna see what I can do to make my existing kit lenses maybe perform better. They are not bad by any means. My 55-200mm telephoto came with a lens hood. I read up about it and it says: By reducing the amount of non-essential light falling onto the front lens element, lenses can better achieve their optimum optical performance, producing more saturated images. What exactly does this mean in terms of real life effect on image quality? I havent really shot without the lens hood on so I havent been able to see the difference, perhaps I will try that this weekend. But do they make any difference? I noticed that this lens hood is alot bigger than the one that came with my 55-200: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Lens-Hoods/4699/HB-24-Bayonet-Lens-Hood.html (I know thats not compatible with my 55-200 but I was just wondering what the difference is between the lens hoods why this one is bigger than mine) I was also looking at filters and adapters and such as well.