Lens hood - do you use one?

Started Feb 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bob Tullis
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As little as possible, but yes
In reply to pannayar, Feb 18, 2013

I always have the hood in tow in case the front element cannot be placed in shadow (it's own shadow, or a shadow from something blocking the light (like a tree during the day).

Note the position of the sun in the following - with the sun just behind the left shoulder, not necessary.   But with sun in front of right shoulder, necessary.   There's a lot to consider sizing up a shot, and if the potential for side light on the front element isn't one of the things that automatically come to mind in the process, you're better off using a hood routinely than selectively.   As well, if your shooting style means mounting a hood has you missing opportunities. . .

A hood has a specific purpose (lens protection being a side effect), and it should be used when it has purpose (but there are NO negatives regarding exposures in using one  when there is no purpose).

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