Boogieman wrote in post #2327243
Congrats!! I am hitting the button within the next 24 hrs. myself. Tell me who are you getting yours from and did you order the hood? I can't decide if I would use it or not. Someone please tell me where I could benefit from a hood. Outdoors in glaring light? Buydig has it for $336 and free shipping can anyone beat that?
Unlike filters, where there seems to be an even split of those using vs. not using filters (as protection), every time I see the "should I use a hood?" question, the answer is yes. Generally speaking, hoods are used to reduce stray light, not just outdoors. I can't say whether they have helped or if I've benefitted from them but the lenses I have either came with hoods or I purchased them. I didn't get the hood with this lens but I do plan on getting it. It seems to be such a minimal investment for some added protection. Indoors (in my own apartment or studio) I don't use my hood but anytime I shoot outdoors or if I go to a car show or auditorium where the lighting can cause flare I have it on.
There are many places that have this lens for around Buydig's price and have free shipping but will sometimes be the slowest mode of ground delivery and I'm too impatient for that. I would have gotten it from BH but I'm in NY and don't want to pay the sales tax and shipping. I got mine from Amazon for $346 and opted for guaranteed overnight delivery.