When Should You Use A Lens Hood?

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  1. MadDoc macrumors 6502

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    Just getting into dSLR photography. My 55-200mm lens came with a lens hood and I'm just wondering when you should use one.

    Thanks,

    MadDoc
     
  2. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    It never hurts to use it, but any time you are outdoors and worried about glare from the sun it should be used.
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Any time the Sun is quartering on you (is not behind you, or off your shoulders).
     
  4. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Think of it more like this. "When should you NOT use a lens hood?"
     
  5. MadDoc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great,

    So when should you not use a hood is the next question?
     
  6. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    Definitely when the hood isn't made for the lens: telephoto hoods, for example, will have extreme vignetting on wide-angle lenses.

    I'll let more experienced people address any other instances.
     
  7. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    The point being made was, there is never a reason that you wouldn't want to use a proper lens hood - other than for aesthetic "sticking out in a crowd" reasons.

    It doesn't show up in the pictures (that would be a stupid design) and they can only help you get away from sun glares.
     
  8. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Also, a hard lens hood provides a fair bit of protection against accidental impacts on the front lens element.
     
  9. compuwar macrumors 601

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    When it gets in your way and not using it doesn't make the results unacceptable. When you lose it and don't want to pay some idiotic price for a new one (or run around with a wacky looking paper one) and it doesn't make your results unacceptable.

    Ferinstance- my 400mm has a two-part hood. I never have the outer part on it because the lens won't fit in my camera bad with the outer hood on it, and I've only regretted not having it once in about 4 or 5 years.

    If you wear the right kind of hat, you can get away with a lot less hood if you shoot from a tripod and you're not trying to pan too.
     
  10. blackstone macrumors regular

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    If you're using direct flash, it's generally a good idea to remove the hood so that it doesn't cause a flash shadow (i.e. blocking out part of the light from the flash).
     
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    I was recommended from many guys when to use the lens hood.

    Well, here are some basics:
    • anytime outdoors, even if you think you don't need or you think you're not shooting direct into the sun. So put the hood on outdoors, it helps with the photos not looking slightly discoloured.
    • when you're using flash and you know there's some objects in the sorrounding reflecting light.
    • when you are shooting amongst many people with flashes on.
    and if you haven't already (because I know some people don't), put the hood onto the lens the other way round so in case you need it you won't need to dig it out of your bag or you've left it at home.
     
  12. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    That only really applies when using the built-in flash. But yes, usually lens hoods create a "shadow" when using the built-in flash + a wide angle.
     
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    I NEVER use a lens hood and it's not done my photography any harm.
    I always use a tripod though, which leaves my hands free to shield the lens from the light of the sun when appropriate.

    That's what's great about photography - so many different ways to accomplish your goals...
    :)
     
  15. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Wow, nice. I never realized it could make that big a difference.
     
  16. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    doh...I wish I was using a hood just a couple of weeks ago :( my filter took the impact, now I can't get the filter's ring out of my lens lol
     
  17. bld44 macrumors 6502

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    Would you mind me asking what body & lens you were using when you took that picture?
     
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    Wow, okay. I wasn't sure if that was taken with an older camera or not. Thanks for the comparison.
     

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