Lens hood - do you use one?

Started Feb 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Lens hood - do you use one?
In reply to sensible, Feb 18, 2013

sensible wrote:

i personally do not use lens hoods. while i understand the benefits ,they are generally too bulky. only one on a beercan

but when i think on it, i wonder why to use these petal shaped

types. look impressive but why the open spaces between petals?

seems like you are limiting the shading benefit

Well the petal shape is because the camera sensor is rectangular, not square. The field of view is wider at each side, so a shorter "petal" would be less intrusive on your image. This is mostly a problem for wider angle lenses.

If the camera sensors were square, then a round hood would be more popular.

How often this would even become an issue for you depends on what you are shooting and with which lens.

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