Just last night I finally placed my order for the combo I've been lusting after for awhile (Nikon D90 + 50mm f/1.8D ...will be selling my D40 body and keeping the 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR for now). I was thinking about a lens hood. I know this is a pretty popular lens...do you folks feel the need to have one on yours? I don't know how prone this lens is to flaring, but I'm at least considering one for the protection. There's the rubber Nikon hood that's $23 shipped, or there's these hard plastic ones on eBay for $8. Anyone have any opinions?