How many of you use lens hoods?

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mike Regular Member • Posts: 184
How many of you use lens hoods?

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

Fog Maker Senior Member • Posts: 1,852
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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

All the time.

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VKM3 Regular Member • Posts: 250
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If I'm setup on a tripod with time I'll snap it on.  Otherwise I find I just don't bother.

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PeterK Contributing Member • Posts: 878
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Virtually always on almost all of my lenses. I use them as the primary method to protection. Learned during events that they keep the lens protected from fingers, bumps, etc. very well. Same thing works well in the field, hiking, bushwacking, or any other activity.

Don't use one on the 40mm pancake yet, as the lens is quite small and recessed.

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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

as clumsy as I am, I use them 100%

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bhollis Veteran Member • Posts: 3,278
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Always.

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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, even when in the bag! Protection and flare-resistance.

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SwedishGoose Regular Member • Posts: 272
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Always use them on all my lenses. I only take them of if I need to. For instance to add a filtersystem.

They protect the lens and keep stray light out improving the IQ. I see no reason to not use hoods...

Never use filters for protection though as they can deteriorate the IQ and their ability to protect the lens is debatable.
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victorian squid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,390
99% of the time

Maybe, maybe if I'm inside at home, it's late and nobody's watching I'll whip it outwithout a hood.

They're my #1 lens protection. The 17-40 is a royal pain as it's as big as a dinner plate and doesn't fit in a bag for $#&*!, but I still haul it around. And, there's the added image improvement cutting out stray light.

10-20% of the time I've got a clear protection (B+W, Marumi) filter for outside windy/dusty/inclement weather - but the hood is still on.

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Keith Z Leonard Veteran Member • Posts: 5,622
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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

I use mine a lot.  My Sigma prime's hood is on 100% of the time because it's small enough to fit nicely in the bag.  The other hoods go on any time that I am shooting on a sunny day or I think there's any risk to the lenses.  They reduce flare and protect the front element, if you are mostly shooting indoors and not towards bright lights you may notice the difference in the actual photographs.

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All the time +1.    

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NT enty New Member • Posts: 8
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100% of the time!!! only time i have them off is when i need that extra space for storage.

but during a shoot. ALWAYS ON! its the best way to protect your lens without compromising image quality.

Rexgig0 Senior Member • Posts: 3,608
Yes, usually.

Hoods provide some level of protection to the filter threads and outer element. Even my EF 40mm 2.8 STM has its diminutive hood in place. My EF 100mm 2.8L Macro, which is one of my two most-used lenses, does not usually wear its hood, but I leave the Macro Ringlite adapter in place, which acts as an abbreviated hood.

The hood on my EF-S 10-22mm has deflected several impacts that might have damaged the filter threads or outer element.

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Fog Maker wrote:

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

All the time.

+1

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irm Senior Member • Posts: 2,687
Re: 99% of the time

Try the 16-35 f2.8 L Mk I, it doesn't fit, nor does the 135 f2 hood, just plain large.

The 17-55 2.8 didn't come with one and the 16-35 doesn't seem to work on it.

Now I use the 6D so the 17-55 is no longer an issue.

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irm Senior Member • Posts: 2,687
Re: Yes, usually.

Which reminds me I have misplaced the hood for the 40mm stm.

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Telhma Regular Member • Posts: 391
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I use them always, exept on my 17-40 lens, and on my 8-15mm lens when the hood start to get in the frame when i zoom out. on all other lenses, they are always attached.

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leecamera Contributing Member • Posts: 802
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Dropped my 5D3 2ft to the ground with a 70-200 lens attached.  It hit lens hood first and I suffered no more than a scuffed lens hood.

No, if there had been no lens hood... ugh...

Despite the obvious benefits of reducing flare I just don't trust myself or the public bumping into me to not use a hood.

Even use a hood when shooting indoors at my studio.  Feels wrong not to.

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