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Old Jun 24, 2011, 1:01 PM   #1
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I have a Phd. in simpleton questions but I was raised that the only dumb question is the one not asked. When should one use or not use a lens hood?
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 2:00 PM   #2
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If you have one, use it.

If you don't have one, get one.
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 2:26 PM   #3
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Use it always. Not just for optical reasons. It will protect your lens if you, like me, eventually fall on your knees while holding the camera.
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 2:41 PM   #4
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I use them. Don't lose them as the original manufacturer's charge a ton for replacement.
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 4:31 PM   #5
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The only downside to a lens hood is that it is a little clumsy to pack, though the bayonet types I have will reverse for packing in a camera bag.

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Old Jun 24, 2011, 10:53 PM   #6
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They help fight flares, and increase color saturation of the photos.
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 10:58 PM   #7
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Can't think of a reason to not use one, if you are using the one that came with the lens or one appropriate to it. You don't want to use a hood that's not right for the lens (for example, a long narrow hood on a wide angle lens). Like Brian, I leave mine reversed on the lens so I always have it.
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For optical quality it's almost never a bad idea to use one, though sometimes the effects are very marginal.

They can be big and bulky though, so when you are shooting in conditions where flare is unlikely they can be left off.

One time when you do want to remove them is when shooting flash with a wide angle lens, because you can often get a nasty shadow in the picture.
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I have a couple of broken lens hoods that will attest to their usefulness
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 1:59 PM   #10
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Excellent point about removing lens hoods for flash photography - I never use a hood indoors and didn't think about how it would block the flash.
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