How many of you use lens hoods?

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roby17269
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In reply to mike, 11 months ago

I use hoods all the time apart from:

  • when I want the front element to be as near as possible to something (e.g. shooting thru cages or glass)
  • when I use my EF 8-15mm f/4L (you see the hood when shooting at the widest focal lengths)
  • when I use my TS-E 17mm f/4L (no hood available for that lens}
  • when I do macro with a macro flash attached (hood would not fit and in any case shooting distances are too short - matter of fact, my MP-E 65mm macro is the only lens I have for which I do not have a hood)

It seems like a lot of cases but they amount to a tiny fraction of my photography nowadays. Otherwise the hood is always on to reduce light leaks (reduce flare, improve contrast) and for a small measure of protection

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I use them on sunny days.  I don't use them indoors or for macro (they can scare critters like butterflies).  I also tent to not bother carrying the one for my 16-35, I can always use my hand if necessary to shield sun flare.

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mike wrote:

Just curious how often you use lens hoods.  I personally never seem to use them. am I missing something, do they really help.

You're missing the flare reduction from off-axis light sources.  Plus the physical protection the hood offers in case of bumps or drops, much better than a "protective" filter that'll shatter, scratch the lens and get jammed onto the threads.

The only reason not to use a lens hood is if you're using the low-mounted built-in flash on a near subject.  In that case the hood is likely to block the flash light and throw a shadow.

I rarely/never use the built-in flash, so I use the hood 100% of the time.

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I use them on my lenses
In reply to mike, 11 months ago
  1. They prevent or minimize the possibility of lens flare
  2. They provide insurance against damage when you whack the lens against a door frame or concrete floor
  3. They are easily and inexpensively replaced if gouged and scratched beyond your aesthetic limits

The only time I don't use a lens hood is when shooting macros. Then, getting close is the overriding factor.

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In reply to PeterK, 11 months ago

Every lens, all the time. I even use a Leica metal hood on my 40f2.8 pancake!

Just doesn't seem to be a lens without a hood. And then there's the protection a hood offers...

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In reply to DotCom Editor, 11 months ago

DotCom Editor wrote:

  1. They prevent or minimize the possibility of lens flare
  2. They provide insurance against damage when you whack the lens against a door frame or concrete floor
  3. They are easily and inexpensively replaced if gouged and scratched beyond your aesthetic limits

The only time I don't use a lens hood is when shooting macros. Then, getting close is the overriding factor.

I do most of the time when shooting outdoors, but not so often when indoors.

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Like most responders I use them nearly all the time. Outdoors it is 100% during daylight hours, though, ocasionally, after dark, if using a flash, I will not use them.

Indoors it is a different matter, and they are seldom used. Often, if I am using a flash a hood is quite inapproriate, and also if I am doing close-up work in my mini-studio a hood is not necessary.

The hood, as many others have said, does provide a good level of protection for an expensive lens - its cheaper to replace the hood than the lens! Additionally as, living in a relatively northern position, many pictures are take with the sun from south east to south west, and the hood does help a lot with flare. Also all my expensive lens have good quality multicoated UV filters as additional protection. Such filters do not tend to impact the IQ so are a sound investment.

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In reply to mike, 11 months ago

Exception being an old macro lens that has a very deeply inset front element.

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mike wrote:

Just curious how often you use lens hoods. I personally never seem to use them. am I missing something, do they really help.

Thanks in advance

mike

Very rarely take them off my newer, flare-resistant lenses. They help maximize contrast and prevent flare. However, on the old Nikkors I use because of their tendency to flare, I don't use hoods at all.

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Always, but the only filters are NDs or a polarizer.

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Just curious how often you use lens hoods.  I personally never seem to use them. am I missing something, do they really help.

Thanks in advance

mike

Use hoods on all lenses all the time.
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Mostly, but it does depend on what I'm doing
In reply to mike, 11 months ago

For wildlife, sports and other subjects with little or no need to use filters, then pretty much all the time, especially on the telephotos.  Ditto for street photography and other subjects where there is little or no time to setup filters, etc.

For landscapes, it's entirely down to the subject and lens.  I tend to work with a tripod and take my time over the shot, so as long as I don't need to use my Lee filter holder then I'll normally put the hood on to control any lens flare and improve contrast.  The exception to that is with my UWA lenses, where I never both with the hoods as they are so bulky and offer so little protection against lens flare I just don't bother wasting the space in my camera bag.  Whenever I'm not using the hood though I do try and use my Lee filter holder or some other suitable item to shade the front of lens if it won't be in-frame.

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I use one on 3 of my 4 lenses, as much for lens protection as lens flare. Many times I've bumped the lens hood on some object and think how lucky to have a lens hood.

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I do use them. For protection and to prevent flare.

However, I did meet a pro once who made a point of telling that he didn't use hoods or filters. Too much hassle and slowed him down.
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You reminded me of a thread I started a few years ago. The original photos are long gone, but it doesn't matter.

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mike wrote:

Just curious how often you use lens hoods. I personally never seem to use them. am I missing something, do they really help.

Thanks in advance

mike

Always,

And they do help (to reduce reflections from light impinging on the surface of the lens/filter).

Protection is also important.  Plastic lens hoods are much more flexible than lenses so they absorb impact shock before the lens takes it.

Next time you watch a sports event see how many lenses don't have hoods.

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NEVER! don't need to

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I always use a lens hood when I shooting outside. It rarely comes off the lens.

I was out at 4am at a fabulous riverside location in Poland without a hood (left in the hotel room for some inexplicable reason). Every shoot ruined by massive flare and lack of contrast. Using a hand or something else to try to shield the lens just doesn't work as well.

For me it's really a case of why would you not use a lens hood. It's not going to do any harm if its not needed, weighs little and requires no effort to use.

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I don't have a hood for my 40mm, or (currently) for any of my EF-M lenses. Otherwise, I use a hood all the time, for the reasons everyone else does, except when using system filters, or in the case of the 8-15, at 8mm.

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