Lens Hood Protector

Lens Hood Protector
Is it a good idea to have a hood on your DSLR?

I've always said just to use a Filter Lens Cap on my slr but everyone seems hoods have now days?!? If I had to get a bell I have to remove the filter of what I do like having a bit of protection in the lens

This will show you one. The bell was in place http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_pooky/2374714058/ and the sun was right behind them (just outside the field of photo itself). ps I always use a UV filter to protect the front element. Many swear at them – and many swear they can not live without them. Abou Consider this – if your lens is $ 1,500 (as the one here), would you like some protection against dust and stuff for him?