I respect Lloyds opinion but for me its hoods on. You should see the condition of my hoods after 3-4 yrs of use. The are banged to crap. They take a lot of hits because i usually carry 2 cameras with me and im constantly bumping them against something. I would rather replace hoods now and then v/s what would happen to a lens w/o a hood cover for me. Hoods just save my butt too much to risk not using them.