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Old Apr 24, 2004, 10:43 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, just got my nikon D70 with the kit lens. Included was a lens hood (the one with the blades)... when and why should I use it? I also bought a UV filter to protect the lens... good idea or not?
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Old Apr 24, 2004, 8:23 PM   #2
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Just got my D70 also, but without the kit lens. Seems for now its easier to just buy the body.I bought the Tamron SP 24 - 135 for an everyday lens and so far I really like it. A hood also came with it and I will probably use it mostly outside in bright sun.I'm sure there are other uses for it that I'm not familiar with.I also bought a UV filter to use with it. A $30.00 UV filter is a lot easier to replace than a $400.00 lens.
I hope your enjoying yours as much as I do mine.
I really can't believe the photos I'm getting. Especially from a hack like me. :shock:

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 9:44 PM   #3
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so far I love this camera... best one yet in my collection!
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Old Apr 25, 2004, 12:22 AM   #4
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Manual says to use it always - except when using flash. With the built in flash, you will notice the shadow cast from the hood on the bottom of your images.

I had the hood on my lens all the time for the first week, then I got sick of the attention I got from surrounding people, so I leave it off most times. Doesn't make much of a difference unless you're shooting into the sun, where if you catch the light in the right angle it'll flare and wash out your pic.
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Old Apr 26, 2004, 9:57 AM   #5
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I use the lens hood all of the time on my 70-200 and on my 500mm. It's a little bit more protection for the front element (which in the case of the 500 is plain glass anyway). I don't use a lens hood on my 28-105 or 200 Micro as they get in the way for macro shots and that's the main thing that I use them for.

I've never used a front objective filter yet but I may reconsider next time I'm working with ants.

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Old May 3, 2004, 8:51 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone, I've been using it most of the time now, indoor & outdoor, looks good too! Thanks!
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Old May 3, 2004, 11:08 PM   #7
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I use a clear UV/haze filter (B+W 010) on all my lenses, and their respective hoods. In my line of work (weddings) I bump into things a lot, and lenses get handled and mishandled, so anything that protects the front elements of my lenses is great. $40-80 filters are really cheap insurance for $$$$ lenses.
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