At least no chips were used up in Canon's most recent product release: lacquerware lens hoods. Instead, they're designed to hold chips. The Canon Japan swag is priced around the same price as Canon's actual lens hoods, which says something about the markup on molded plastic.
Only a few dozen pieces were created and some were still available yesterday, according to new.mynavi.jp, from the Canon Japan site. Searching the Japanese online store this morning, however, seems to indicate they are all sold out.
They weren't designed to actually latch onto their respective lenses, but rather to set flat on a table. The hoods, when available, were priced between about $40 and $145 USD.
Canon Releases New (Ripoffware) Lens Hoods
That's much better! :)
From the company that's always been too stingy to include a lens hood worth a few dollars on lenses costing hundreds of dollars, and sell lens hood as overpriced optional extras.
Now ripped off consumers can buy similarly overpriced novelty lens hoods, because they have money to p*** away when many people can't afford fuel for their cars.
For real lens hoods, buy third part JJC lens hoods, they're a high quality alternative that are much cheaper.
eBay US - https://www.ebay.com/itm/185140698989 US$12
Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/JJC-Bayonet-Camera-Canon-Reversible/dp/B09KXQDCM7 for £11.99
Aliexpress JJC Official store - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003499474382.html US$13.99
"They're a little bit early for April Fools' Day.
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