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50mm: Hood or no hood?

 
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Jun 19, 2011 01:01 |  #1

I've been using the hood on my Sigmalux and all of my lenses for that matter since the beginning of time. I've taken a look at a lot of photojournalists and a bunch of them don't even bother using hoods.

For the sake of adding a little bit of class and a bit of artsiness to your 50mm portraiture... have any of you noticed a difference between photos with and sans hood?

Just a curiosity thread!


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Jun 19, 2011 03:22 |  #2

I would say use it, bullets aren't whizzing past your head so you have the extra second to throw it on. I try to always put my hoods on unless I am trying to get a flare effect.


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Jun 19, 2011 03:39 |  #3

tylerpaulphoto wrote in post #12618791 (external link)
I would say use it, bullets aren't whizzing past your head so you have the extra second to throw it on. I try to always put my hoods on unless I am trying to get a flare effect.

that's what i'm asking though. does the hood effect glare all that much??


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Jun 19, 2011 03:41 as a reply to  @ Stan Jones Photography's post |  #4

I've honestly never noticed a difference between hood-on and hood-off photos, besides vignetting. On the primes I used to own, I would never shoot with the hood on.


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Jun 19, 2011 03:46 |  #5

On some primes the front element is recessed enough that flare isn't a big risk. That said, if you've got a hood, only reason to not use it would be if it prevented you from turning a CPF. Having it on would afford at the very least some physical protection.


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Jun 19, 2011 04:01 |  #6

For me:

- Hood for protection
- Hood to avoid lens flares
- no Hood if I want lens flares (love em) ;)
- UV Filter: nope


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Jun 19, 2011 04:23 |  #7

fotuwe wrote in post #12618861 (external link)
For me:

- Hood for protection
- Hood to avoid lens flares
- no Hood if I want lens flares (love em) ;)
- UV Filter: nope

anything less than B+W is a joke, and that's a fact, I googled it, twice!


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Jun 19, 2011 07:54 |  #8

I virtually always use the supplied lens hood - even indoors. They do help improve image quality a bit and offer some lens protection.


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Jun 19, 2011 08:07 as a reply to  @ cristphoto's post |  #9

never noticed any difference so i only use it for protection.




  
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Jun 19, 2011 08:13 |  #10

Hoods only make a difference in a few circumstances, whenever you have light entering the lens from odd angles. So yes, for the most part you can get away without them, most certainly nearly any shot indoors, but since there isnt much in the way of a downside in using one might as well mount it.




  
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Jun 19, 2011 08:17 |  #11

16-35 without hood = a lot of flare (esp on FF)


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Jun 19, 2011 09:38 |  #12

I never take it off my 50f1.4 and 35f2. These lenses have extending front elements as you focus, so the hood protects them from damage.
Incidentally, the Hoya HMC or other Hoya multicoated filters work fine - see the reviews in the filter stickies.




  
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Jun 19, 2011 10:23 |  #13

Photojournalists work in crowded, confined spaces and hoods tend to get in the way and are inclined to get damaged and/or damage the lens they're mounted to.

I always use mine.




  
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Jun 19, 2011 10:43 |  #14

I always use my hood on every lens except my macro lens.

They provide both protection from damage and stray light. On telephoto lenses they also prevent me from being stupid and touching the lens while I am moving the camera around.




  
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Jun 19, 2011 10:46 |  #15

tylerpaulphoto wrote in post #12618791 (external link)
I would say use it, bullets aren't whizzing past your head so you have the extra second to throw it on. I try to always put my hoods on unless I am trying to get a flare effect.

While it does take just a few seconds to put the filters on and off for use and storage for most lens, it is not so for the 50 f/1.8 or the 35 f/2. They are supposed to be screwed onto the lens or the filter. It is a royal pain.

EDIT: I just realized that the OP was talking about the Sigma 50, not Canon. I never held that one in my hands, so cannot judge.




  
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