How necessary are lens hoods?

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travelinbri_74
travelinbri_74 Senior Member • Posts: 2,994
How necessary are lens hoods?

I am looking at the Batis 25/2, which I think could be my main lens in most travel situations (when not trekking), but it gets huge with the lens hood. I am curious how necessary you think the lens hood is to control flair, and how much IQ would be compromised without it?

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