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Thread started 01 Aug 2013 (Thursday) 12:50
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Aug 01, 2013 12:50 |  #1

I often see pro photographers, amateur photographers, and everything in between, using and not using, lens shades. What is your feeling about using them? Really necessary, or another money making idea for camera and lens companies. I can, maybe, see using them on telephoto lenses because their deep, but UWA almost seems like a joke.




  
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Aug 01, 2013 13:06 |  #2

i assume you are talking about lens hoods? I always use them. Cuts glare coming at the lens surface.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:09 |  #3

They also give protection to the front element, so yes, always.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:21 |  #4

I use them always, protection, and shade :)
I use them even in dark!


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Aug 01, 2013 13:23 |  #5

Keeps my grubby fingers away from the lens surface.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:24 as a reply to  @ Voaky999's post |  #6

Yes, a majority of the time.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:30 |  #7

Always except when I've got a CPL mounted.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:35 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #8

Always use them.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:40 |  #9

Lens hoods are both protective and functional, so I use them as often as I can.


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Aug 01, 2013 13:41 |  #10

Unless I'm using my filter systems which makes it impossible to use the hood I use mine all the time. I even leave my hood on the 50 f1.4 in shooting position when it's stored to protect the focus.




  
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Aug 01, 2013 13:56 as a reply to  @ lovemyram4x4's post |  #11

All the lenses I've owned in the last decade have come with hoods but I never use them. People swear by them so I've tried to like them, but they always get in the way. Many run hoods all the time for protection, removing caps until the end of their session. I use caps semi continuously, covering the glass between shots:

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Aug 01, 2013 14:08 |  #12

I use them all the time except on my 17-40 because the hood takes up too much space in my bag and is too shallow.


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Aug 01, 2013 14:54 |  #13

As I have UV filters on my lenses, no, I don't always use one, especially if I'm inside.

Also- I've found out that in some instances, having a lens with a giant hood gives off a negative vibe to those around you or gets in the way if seated in a crowd for an event. For example, my daughter has has various events which were indoors (swimming, soccer), therefore the 70-200 2.8 II was taken, however the hood stayed home. The big white lens was enough of a distraction to people around me by itself.




  
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Aug 01, 2013 15:03 |  #14

I checked off "all the time" because I think it would be utterly foolish not to use a hood most of the time and I virtually always do.

If a lens I'm buying doesn't come with a hood, I buy one for it immediately.

In virturally any situations, indoors or out, there can be oblique light effecting metering, degrading image quality/causing various types of flare, even effecting autofocus... a hood can help prevent that (a fitler can't, might even make matters worse).

A hood also provides good physical protection against bumps. Most of my lenses are in great shape, even ten year old ones in my Canon kit, 30 and 40 year old ones in some vintage kits I keep... some of their hoods, however, are pretty beat up (but comparatively cheap to replace if I ever feel the need).

When using a filter, especially one like a polarizer with two layers of glass (four glass-air boundaries for light to cross), it's even more important to use a lens hood, than when using the lens without any filter.

About the only time I don't use a lens hood is if it's in the way... such as trying to shoot through a fence... or if it's partially obscuring a flash with a close-up subject.


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Aug 01, 2013 15:37 |  #15

When I'm shooting outside I always use a lens hood. Inside, I will take it off if there isn't a crazy amount of light that can cause flaring.


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