Lens hoods are primarily designed to prevent unwanted stray light from entering the lens by extending and shading the end of the lens. In addition, since the end of the lens is extended, you also get the added benefit of some extra protection from accidental impact.
Dedicated lens hoods are designed to match the specific focal length of the lens it was designed for.
This lens hood can be reversed over the lens for storage when not in use.
In the Box
Nikon Clip-on Lens Hood for the 50mm f/2 Lens with Nikon "F" Logo