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Feb 21, 2015 15:21 |  #1

I have a 50mm f1.4 and have no lens hood for it, however I don't feel the need for one either. I also have a 24-105 with a lens hood i use some of the time, but my big problem is the lens hood for my 17-40. It has a very wide lens hood and takes up so much more space in my bag. Does anyone else find them unnecessary? Better yet, has anyone ever noticed a benefit?


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Feb 21, 2015 15:31 |  #2

Davevw3 wrote in post #17442729 (external link)
I have a 50mm f1.4 and have no lens hood for it, however I don't feel the need for one either. I also have a 24-105 with a lens hood i use some of the time, but my big problem is the lens hood for my 17-40. It has a very wide lens hood and takes up so much more space in my bag. Does anyone else find them unnecessary? Better yet, has anyone ever noticed a benefit?

Yeah, I see the benefits all the time. Apart from the protection aspect, keeping stuff from striking the front element, they reduce flare and increase contrast. Having a hood on means I can keep both hands supporting the camera and lens rather than trying to shoot one handed while holding the other over the lens to control glare.

Granted, with really wide angle lenses the hood is generally short and not as effective (particularly with zooms, where it has to allow the wide FOV for the short end) but I would still find it better to have it on than not have it. The amount of times my cameras touch the ground, often hard surface, front of lens first, I would rather have the hood being the point of first contact then the front element.

The hoods go on as soon as a lens goes on the camera. Great for protection and can improve image quality significantly, why would I not use them?




  
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Feb 21, 2015 15:38 |  #3

Plus, all my hoods can be reversed on their respective lens for storage, so they don't take up That much extra room.... just a bit more in width.


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Feb 21, 2015 15:39 |  #4

My lens hoods are always saving me from my front elements banging on things. So they're a necessity for me :-)


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Feb 21, 2015 16:29 |  #5

I always use hoods because they provide better contrast, and also provide protection for the front eement.

The 50mm 1.4 Auto Focus is particularly fragile if there is any impact with the front of the lens.

Here is a thread I made showing how to use the 24-105 hod on the 17-40: https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=1288​382&page=1


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Feb 21, 2015 16:38 |  #6

yes, there are benefits to IQ. Generally better contrast.

the 50mm should have the hood welded to it, such a pos lens.

the 17-40 and 24-105 hoods on the other hand, dont help too much, since they're optimized for the wide end. Still protect the front element.


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Feb 21, 2015 16:43 |  #7

Yes, they have multiple benefits as described above. Mine are always on. If you find it too large to fit IN the bag then slide it over your strap. It doesn't have to reside IN the bag.


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Feb 21, 2015 17:40 |  #8

If there is one lens that needs a lens hood, it is the EF 50mm f/1.4.


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Feb 21, 2015 18:00 |  #9
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shaftmaster wrote in post #17442906 (external link)
If there is one lens that needs a lens hood, it is the EF 50mm f/1.4.

+1!

All of my lenses have hoods on them when they are outside my closet. They are the best, cheapest, front-element protection you can get. And in some shots they actually enhance IQ.


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Feb 21, 2015 18:13 |  #10

shaftmaster wrote in post #17442906 (external link)
If there is one lens that needs a lens hood, it is the EF 50mm f/1.4.


Why would it need a hood? The glass is recessed about an inch. Not trying to be difficult, I'm curious


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Feb 21, 2015 18:16 |  #11

Heya,

Yes. If you value you front elements and you like the best contrast & color your lens can grab, then you will use a lens hood.

I use a lens hood on all my lenses except one (my 22f2 pancake that is on my EOS-M, no hood there). Some of my hoods are longer than most lenses are (like the one on my 600mm).

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Feb 21, 2015 18:19 |  #12

Davevw3 wrote in post #17442948 (external link)
Why would it need a hood? The glass is recessed about an inch. Not trying to be difficult, I'm curious

msowsun wrote in post #17442842 (external link)
The 50mm 1.4 Auto Focus is particularly fragile if there is any impact with the front of the lens.


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Feb 21, 2015 18:20 |  #13

Davevw3 wrote in post #17442948 (external link)
Why would it need a hood? The glass is recessed about an inch. Not trying to be difficult, I'm curious

The 50 f/1.4 is notorious for AF failures caused by any impact to the front of the lens, and keeping a lens hood on it at all times is the only way I know of minimizing the chance the lens will need an AF repair in a year or two. There are several threads on this forum about the AF failures and how to avoid problems. You can get a non-Canon hood for about $12 so well worth the investment. AF repair runs anywhere from $100 to $200.


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Feb 21, 2015 18:29 as a reply to  @ shaftmaster's post |  #14

Thank you, I read the above post in regards to the AF, just wasn't sure if there was anything else.


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Feb 21, 2015 18:32 |  #15

shaftmaster wrote in post #17442956 (external link)
The 50 f/1.4 is notorious for AF failures caused by any impact to the front of the lens, and keeping a lens hood on it at all times is the only way I know of minimizing the chance the lens will need an AF repair in a year or two. There are several threads on this forum about the AF failures and how to avoid problems. You can get a non-Canon hood for about $12 so well worth the investment. AF repair runs anywhere from $100 to $200.

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