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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:12 am 
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I have a question about the lens hood.
It is a necessary to have a lens hood, and does it play a important role when we taking a photo??

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:59 am 
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Lens hoods block stray light from the Sun and other sources from entering the lens, where they can cause a reduction in contrast and also visible flare.

They also act as physical protection from glancing blows!

So I'd always recommend using them, especially as they can so easily be reversed over the barrel of most lenses for transportation - and also as we're in the Nikon forum, since most Nikkor lenses come with one for free!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:04 am 
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Yup, I keep mine on to make sure nothing come too close to my front element or in case I drop my camera or lens(hopefully never!). It gives me some peace of mind this way.

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I went to a convention with the D80 around my neck. I'm not a careless person (I guess it was just all the people). If I didn't have my hood on, would of hit front element twice or three times on something.

Also it adds that extra bit of coolness to your camera :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:34 pm 
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Better put the lens-hood on all the time. Looky here...
Without protection:
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With protection:
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Perfect example Thomas!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:15 am 
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Seems like the lens hood is very crucial for a photographer, I better go and grab one.
Thanks pal for all the explanation, especially Thomas, thanks for your example picture.

Previously I thought the hood is for us to prevent the rain drops while taking picture during dirizzling rain.
Haha, now I know

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vandcooler wrote:
Previously I thought the hood is for us to prevent the rain drops while taking picture during dirizzling rain.


I'm sure it would help in the rain although the slightest amount wind would ruin the protection.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:06 pm 
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I dont think the hood is 'meant' for water protection !
Neither lenses nor Body would be happy with water or sand exposed to it.
And the owner will definately not happy ! As it will only means $ to repair or clean it.

If you intend to take pics in the rain, make doubly sure, the camera is protected by all means. Photographer wet is a no issue.

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David wrote:
Photographer wet is a no issue

Oh yes it is for me: If photographer is wet, there is no place to keep the cam dry :wink:
...I normally go protected in a way that I can withstand the elements at least in a way that I can put the cam beneath my cloths as the rain we have here (at least when I'm outside) will not soak me to the bones. Beware that you will need better weather-protection in countries like New Zealand (UK?), though.
For protecting the lens from rain/spray use a UV(0) filter!

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tombomba2 wrote:
David wrote:
Beware that you will need better weather-protection in countries like New Zealand (UK?), though.


I don't mean to sound overly negative but the way the weather is in Malaysia t the moment, but you will probably end up with a dead camera if you shoot outdoors without some sort of protection for the camera unless you can find cover quickly. It rains everyday now. :( This time last year it rained one and a half days straight.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:03 am 
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vandcooler wrote:
I have a question about the lens hood.
It is a necessary to have a lens hood, and does it play a important role when we taking a photo??

Same thing my brother asked me.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:11 am 
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So, in case due to the rain drop, is there anyway to dry it sufficiently??
Coz it is always raining in Malaysia at this time, and it is just can't predict at all.

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I know that most local(Malaysian) photographers keep all of their equipment in dry boxes or dry cabinets, depending on how much equipment you have. Fungus is a problem in this kind of climate.

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Considered this? :lol:

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