Pros and Cons of Lens Hood?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by SolracSelbor, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. SolracSelbor macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    Can anyone tell me if there are any pros and cons of using a lens hood on your lens? I.E. Purple fringing, blurred images, etc.
  2. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    Using a lens hood can cause increased contrast, reduced flare, increased colour saturation, and it can protect the front of the lens from impacts.
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Only "con" I can think of, off the top of my head, is if you're using a flash - the hood can cause shadows. But then, so can a longish lens. :D

    Oh, and a hood not designed for the lens can sometimes cause vignetting.
  4. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    I swear by lens hoods primarily for front element protection, and don't corrupt the image quality like a UV or protective filter can. I don't use a pop-up flash so I don't have a problem with flash hitting the hood, but if I did it would be an issue because it does cause problems with a on camera flash like stated above.
  5. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    Only con for a specific hood designed for a lens is that it takes up more space in the bag, and the flash issue for built-in flash for some cameras.
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't believe a hood has ever been attributed to chromatic aberration. If I am wrong then...well it's not the first time! I also don't think you can attribute blurred images to a lens hood. As others have said I believe the only downfall of the hood is when using a flash or if the hood was not designed for the lens. Using a 3rd party lens on a say a super wide lens may not always be advised. Either way you're bound to get vignetting and not CA or blurred images.
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    He said purple fringing, and purple fringing and CA aren't the same, are they?

    Anyway, I'm not sure if you can reduce any of those things with a lens hood. I'd use it to reduce/eliminate flares caused by the sun. That's it. I don't use them, though. They take up too much space in my bag.

    I'm not sure about some of the image quality factors brought up by others in this thread, but I'll assume they know what they're talking about as well.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The only time I've seen a lens hood cause a problem is in macro photography. The lens is so close to the subject that a hood would block light and cast a shadow on the subject. But any time the subject is more then maybe a foot away the hood helps by keeping stray light off the lens.

    Hoods are most effective on a fixed lens. On a zoom they must be made wide enough for the wide end of the range

    As for taking room in the bag. They don't take up any if the can be turned around backwards as some can. they also make rubber lens shades that will compress and take no room.
  9. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    Sure they do. The hood is a larger diameter than the lens, and even turned backwards they take up a larger width although the length is the same. Even worse is the wide angle lenses. I've got the Canon 10-22mm and the width is much larger than the lens.
  10. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    I use a rubber collapsible hood one some of my lenses mostly to make them look bigger. The bigger the lens, the less I have found some people question my right to take pictures. :) At the same time, some places I go to photograph, I go out of my way to make it look like I have no clue what I am doing. I use wider lenses and no hood....don't carry a bag with me if I can help it, etc.

    It has the benefit of helping some with lens flare.
  11. Macerture macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2008
    Dirty Jersey
    Pros: Blocks stray light from hitting lens and creating glare, flare, spots, etc.

    Cons: Can block flash on wide-angle or close-focusing lenses.
  12. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    That's funny.
  13. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    ha, but completely unsurprising. I've found the press pass to some events is a big enough camera setup; moms and dads will get kicked but I won't because of my 70-200 (which isn't even that huge).
  14. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    When I take my 400/2.8 to the zoo, people pull their friends out of my way so I can take shots. Heck, if I could sell zoo shots without a bunch of negotiating hassle, I'd probably go more often!
  15. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    So true. I was in a local historic park a few weeks ago with the full kit, tripod, swapping lenses every few minutes with the same subject, super low-angle stuff, hundreds of photos, the usual "photo geek" having a day out. Some lady and her kid came into the general spot where I was shooting, and she actually came up and asked if it was ok for them to be there, in the sense that the area was off-limits to "civilians". No, I didn't goof them, but I did get a few nice candid mother-and-child shots.

    Oh, and I used the hood on my 70-200 f/4L. Very intimidating...
  16. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2004
    Hollywood, CA
    Sometimes a hood will cause some vignetting on wide lenses. Other than that there isn't really a down side to them.
  17. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    I swear by a lens hood as well but if you do travel photography many people get intimidated by a large lens and lens hood shoved in their direction.
  18. KidneyPi macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2007
    Everybody seems to be missing the biggest con. If the hood wasn't made specifically for the lens you are using, make sure it stays out of the image. Some hoods are too big for the lens and will be seen in the image. It is easy to miss, especially if your viewfinder doesn't show the whole image. I almost had a whole shoot on a short film ruined when the cinematographer didn't check his frame and had the a corner covered in about 40% of the shots.
  19. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    agree that you should keep it on to protect your lens

    but then, I shoot without a filter (UV or otherwise) indoors
  20. jlcharles macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    Wenonah, NJ
    One other con is that it makes it very difficult to adjust a circular polarizer if you are using one. A rubber hood can be collapsed to adjust the filter, but a plastic one will need to be removed so you don't put finger prints all over the filter.
  21. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Really? Even when you turn them around on the lens? :confused:

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