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dafiryde Aug 22, 2010 12:04 AM

lens hood
how necessary are they?
every time you grab your camera, you have to flip the hood, strugle to get off the lens cap, strugle to get the lens cap back on, then flip the hood over once again to get your cam back into the bag.
back in film days, no hood, one used his hand to block the light
are they really that nacessary
Ken Rockwell always sujest to leave them wrapped in the plastic they came in, and leave them in the box the lens came with


shoturtle Aug 22, 2010 12:11 AM

They are very useful for helping prevent flares when there is a strong light source. Some say they help getting a richer color. Not sure on that one.

But the first point, it really does help out. Even back in film days they had the rubber hoods. And I can tell you form experience the rubber hoods did a heck of a better job then the hand. And I really dislike rubber hoods.

With the Ken Rockwell thing, he is being his usual self. Very opinionated. The bottom lines is the hoods do what they are design to do, and they really work for that purpose.

TCav Aug 22, 2010 12:12 AM

If you can use your hand without vignetting, yet still zoom and support the weight of the lens, then go for it.

shoturtle Aug 22, 2010 12:15 AM

This is a post form another member, who did not use a hood and shooting toward a strong light source at night. You can see what happen without the hood in the first shot.

TCav Aug 22, 2010 12:22 AM

If the light source is within the frame, a hood isn't going to help much. A hood (or a hand) is mostly for blocking light from sources just outside the frame.

shoturtle Aug 22, 2010 12:24 AM

Actually on small flares form the light source in the frame, the hood does help form personal experience. Large flare, you are completely out of luck.

TCav Aug 22, 2010 12:27 AM

It's hard to beat a petal hood for versatility. It's very useful for zoom lenses. Clip-on or bayonet-mount lens hoods are more convenient that your description makes them out to be.

But instead of your hand, you might do better with Blackwrap.

dafiryde Aug 22, 2010 12:39 AM

well i googled my question and read that it is a dumb question
for " I " dont use protective filters
so by next question is
would it be ok to leave the hood on all the time


shoturtle Aug 22, 2010 12:40 AM

yes you can shoot with them on all the time.

dafiryde Aug 22, 2010 12:45 AM


Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1132057)
yes you can shoot with them on all the time.

what about when stored in the bag


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