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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:42 am 
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Hi I just wondered if anyone could advise me on weather i need to use my lens hood for a shoot im doing? the shoot is indoors in a club night setting so even though it will be dark there will be lots of lights bouncing around... I will at times be using external flash too but not always if i can avoid it... Any suggestions welcome thanks Nick


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:08 am 
I use the lens hood all the time. It's very important if you want your lens to be protected. Also,as you said,it will protect you from annoying flares coming from side lights.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:26 am 
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A quick yahoo search with "when to use a lens hood" popped up some articles with thoughts on uses and types of lens hood.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Cano ... Hoods.aspx
http://www.ehow.com/how_4810261_use-cam ... -hood.html
http://photonaturalist.net/4-reasons-wh ... lens-hood/
http://www.suite101.com/content/camera- ... ods-a78037

The thoughts on use seem to range from giving better shots to making you look more professional. I suppose it depends if you are going for a certain type of shot (e.g. where you want to see some lens flare) or not. One thing all of the articles mention is that having a lens hood on the camera can provide a small amount of extra protection for the lens under certain circumstances.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:49 am 
you don't have to "look more professional",the point is to get good shots instead of bad shots. controlling lens flares takes practice,so I would suggest for you to take the lens hood & also make some experiments by taking it off,for less important frames. by controlling lens flares & low shutter speeds you can get amazing shots,but you must practice,practice,practice. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:18 am 
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Thanks guys for the advice..I think your proberbly right in that I should take it with me and test it out...Its a new Camera and new lens so i guess i should give it a go with the hood...
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Cheers Nick


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Yes. Smaller chance of people scratching/smudging yoru front element.
I'm often photographing in crowds and my fisheye, which has a very tiny hood, is always smudged to oblivion after a night of shooting.

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I have decided to stop using UV filters but I mount every time a lens hood.
This gives me enough protection for the front element of the lens and keep costs down. Plus the IQ is not diminished by the filter. So I have a lens hood mounted all the time.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:51 am 
A small tip that I sometimes forget myself: Most lens hoods can be screwed in, in reverse. This means that they are mounted on the nest, but it covers some of the lens instead of sticking out from it.

This is an excellent way of carrying them around. On some lenses it will kind of block you from using the front focusing ring manually though, but for AF it's not an issue.

Carrying the hoods around separately is definitely awkward..they take up a slow of volume and rarely fit in pockets, forcing you to have a bag with you all the time.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:50 am 
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Good tip LahLahSr. This works on my 70-300 lens hood but not my 50mm 1.4 lens hood. :D

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I generally keep the lens hood on my 16-85 all the time, along with a UV filter. You can't have too much protection! Of course as well, indoors or out a hood always will help to prevent flare.

In regards of screwing the hood on in reverse, on my lens it blocks part of the zoom ring and it's harder to use, I don't usually reverse it unless I'm putting it away in the bag.

Why don't they make as many built-in hoods like they used to. :( I love the sliding hood on my 200mm F4.

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