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do you always use a lens hood?

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only outside in the sun, otw I reverse it on the lens to store generally plus I use a polarizer :)
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I used to only use it when there was a bright light source at an angle, but I read something just a while ago that showed with examples, that you get flare from light that you wouldn't normally expect. Not the stark light that you expect from flare, but noticeable image degradation and washout. Now I use the lens hood whenever I can.

If I can find that article, I'll post it, but for the life of me, I can't even guess at where I saw it.
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I almost always use my hood because if I don't have it on the lens then I need to find some place else to put the stupid thing where I won't lose is.

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100% of the time! Plus...it helps to scare off all the digicam guest photographers at weddings ;)
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zoomzoom wrote:
Jun 29th, 2008 10:28 pm
I only use it when it is sunny outside.
ditto.

Is it really needed indoors?
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Sl300 wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2008 10:01 pm
ditto.

Is it really needed indoors?
I only use it outdoors when it's sunny outside. Otherwise, it's always inverted on the lens.

I use the UV filter to protect my lens...
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Sl300 wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2008 10:01 pm
ditto.

Is it really needed indoors?
It depends on the type of indoor lighting there is in the room. I've encountered some flare especially if there are overhead halogen spotlights. I don't use it indoors all of the time, but most of the time.
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It's not necessary for me on bright sunny days. You can use your hand to block the sun and have enough light to shoot 1 handed. However different lenses behave differently to very bright overcast days. I have a prime that looks awful in bright overcast, and another which looks great.

BTW I almost never use a hood because I can't be bothered to bring it or the inconvenience of it.
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CameraBill wrote:
Jul 6th, 2008 11:44 am
It's not necessary for me on bright sunny days. You can use your hand to block the sun and have enough light to shoot 1 handed. However different lenses behave differently to very bright overcast days. I have a prime that looks awful in bright overcast, and another which looks great.

BTW I almost never use a hood because I can't be bothered to bring it or the inconvenience of it.
Try one-handing a 70-200 2.8 or longer :D

The hood really isn't an inconvenience as they are mount backwards on the lens. Plus, if you don't need it, just let it sit in the bag...no extra room taken up.

I use it all the time indoors or out. The only time i don't use it is when I have CP on.

It's essential for protection if you're shooting a wedding and have 2 bodies on you swinging by your side or behind you all the time. Also good for those times when you need to place your extra camera on the floor without taking your eye off action.
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I tend to use my lens hood more on bright sunny day but find it difficult to adjust my CP filter with the lens hood on. Does anybody have any tricks you can share? Thanks.
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sungfra wrote:
Jul 7th, 2008 2:21 pm
I tend to use my lens hood more on bright sunny day but find it difficult to adjust my CP filter with the lens hood on. Does anybody have any tricks you can share? Thanks.
How about removing the hood, adjust filter then reattach? :confused:
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sungfra wrote:
Jul 7th, 2008 2:21 pm
I tend to use my lens hood more on bright sunny day but find it difficult to adjust my CP filter with the lens hood on. Does anybody have any tricks you can share? Thanks.
CSAgent wrote:
Jul 7th, 2008 2:26 pm
How about removing the hood, adjust filter then reattach? :confused:
If you have a smartly-designed petal-hood (Sony and Pentax come to mind), they have a little cut-out in the bottom so you can access the CPL even with the hood on Image
Deal with it.
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KorruptioN wrote:
Jul 7th, 2008 6:59 pm
If you have a smartly-designed petal-hood (Sony and Pentax come to mind), they have a little cut-out in the bottom so you can access the CPL even with the hood on Image
Those are the most ingenious hoods and I wish everyone would follow suit.
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I have a white machine marker, but you can just use white-out. I extend the white indicator on the filter so you can see it looking straight on. That way I can just reach in, and adjust it to where I want it.

Not as easy as a cut-out, but at least you know where you are setting it when you have a deep cylinder lens hood..
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SENSEI wrote:
Jul 7th, 2008 7:26 pm
Those are the most ingenious hoods and I wish everyone would follow suit.
They are ingenious yes, but be careful not to lose the little removeable tab. I lost one for my Pentax 14mm f2.8 DA, they want $65 to replace the hood because they don't sell the tab by itself. Boo.

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