How necessary are lens hoods?

Started Jan 19, 2018 | Discussions thread
JimKasson Forum Pro • Posts: 22,423
Re: How necessary are lens hoods?

Ross Warner wrote:

travelinbri_74 wrote:

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?

Try this: compare what you can see with your eyes shaded, and unshaded. There's a reason baseball players don't turn their hats backwards.

I find a lens shade improves the image in almost all cases, not just to avoid flare, but to improve contrast. That's also what Art Wolfe taught me.

It's easy to test, and the results are sometimes quite surprising, in both directions. BTW, uniform veiling flare, for many scenes, is not the problem it was in the film days. Like LaCA, we have ways of dealing with it.


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