Nokia Lumia 1020: Add filters to your 41 MP camera with this $5 DIY lens hood

One fantastic accessory for the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone is the camera grip. It gives the Lumia 1020 a little more girth for the gripping and with the built-in battery the grip extends your camera time significantly.

While it would have been great if Nokia had threaded the camera lens opening on the grip to accommodate screw-on accessories, we've seen a few reader's tips for making due without. We've seen close-up filters taped to the camera to boost the Lumia 1020's macro abilities and now we've got a lens hood to reduce any lens flare bright lights may cause.

Windows Phone Central reader Vesku found the need for a lens hood and simply glued a collapsible lens hood to the flat portion of the grip that encircles the Lumia 1020's camera. The only prep work needed was to sand the area of the grip slightly to allow the glue to set correctly.

DIY Lens Hood

A $5 46mm lens hood was used and fits fairly spot on with the grips lens opening. You may want to check out the local camera store to make sure of the fit before diving in. Additionally, keep in mind you're likely making a modification that won't be easily un-done. On the plus side, some of these lens hoods allow for screw-on filters which would make using those close-up filters a lot easier.  On the downside, you may booger up a $60 camera grip.

Another alternative that isn't as permanent would be to cut the end of a small plastic cup off and tape it to the camera grip. It's not as clean looking as Vesku's lens hood but it'll do the trick.

Poor Man's Lens Hood

While I've experience cases of lens flare at times, I'm just not sure if the needs is great enough to warrant such a permanent modification. However, your needs may differ.

If you've come across a Do-It-Yourself photography solution for the Nokia Lumia 1020 or any other Windows Phone, feel free to share in the comments below.

Want to pick up the same lens hood as seen above? Head to B&H Photo to grab it for five dollars.

Thanks, Vesku, for the tip and pics!

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.