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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:09 pm 
Hi Guys,

I am new to DSLR photography & I recently purchased a Canon EOS 550d with 18-55mm IS kit lens and a EF-S 55-250mm IS lens.
I am in bit of a dilemma whether to purchase a lenshood, polariser & a tripod to complete the photography kit or not?
I bought this camera mainly to do travel photography & learn more about professional photography.

About the lens hood, why doesn't canon have a flower hood for 18-55mm & 55-250mm IS?
If I buy a petal(flower) hood off e-bay or amazon which is not by canon, will it affect the picture quality? I ask this because I heard that each hood is designed for specific focal length. And buying from a "x" company which I have never heard of doesn't really make me feel confident about the product's capability.
The reason I am more inclined towards the petal is hood is purely aesthetic. It does look better and more complex-ish compared to the canon circular one.

And about the polariser I am aware that Hoya Pro 1 circular polariser is good enough for a canon eos 550d. But it retails around £ 40.00!!! Is there any alternative that is cheaper?

I am hoping to get a positive response from u guys. Thanks for your time and I appreciate it.

P.S.

'Sorry about the lengthy post.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:32 pm 
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A rule for polarizers is, never get cheap on those, or you will not see much of the desired effect and get decreased image quality instead.

About petal or round lens hoods, has to do with the fact that some lenses have rotating front elements and so the lens hood turns as well and so rendering a petal shaped hood useless when focussed in the wrong position compared to the light.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:53 pm 
@ WoutK89: Thanks for ur input. I will go for the Hoya Pro1 Polariser. What about the Lens Hood? Is it imperative that I buy a canon or would any brand suffice? Thanks.


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