The original lense hood on the 55-200 was way to long. Solution: I cut of 25mm (1") and got a much nicer looking kit. Took some flare test shots on a tripod with and without the hood - no difference what so ever. My stealthy X-T2 with the 55-200 and modified hood attached. PS For the observant: The o-ring is there for preventing zoom creep.