Lens hoods

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  1. Dmitri

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    I recently made myself a diy lens hood ( Free printable cardboard lens hoods ) and was wondering - why? I understand that it's useful for stopping flare/glare/whatever from the sun, but why would I need it otherwise?

    or do I? Is there any reason to use it indoors, or in a controlled lighting situation?

    Forgive my ignorance. I'm just starting with accessories.
     
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    Lens hood was designed for blocking side light from hitting the front lens element. And those side light may reduce the contrast of your photos.

    However, a lot of people use it as a lens protection. (like a bumper).

    Also, some lens hood make the lens look very cool. It turn a amateur photographer into a Pro instantly. :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    ^^^
    Yeah, isn't the "cool factor" reason enough to use one? :lol:
     
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    :lol: definitely!
     
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    lol! Ok got it ;)
     
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    On a day to day thing as far as protection, I think it's helped me alot in avoiding touching the front of lens by accident. I noticed I have way more fingerprints when I don't have the hood on. I've never dropped a lens so I can't speak for major accidents..

    However like mentioned above...with that hood on especially with the canon 24-70 2.8L it does get some attention...lens envy ;) LOL
     
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    Like others I use my hoods not only to protect against stray light but also for protection. It's not just grubby fingers, its twigs, branches, wire, doorframes, pets, lemurs, heck just about anything can come into contact with your front glass and a lot can be pushed gently aside by the hood.

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    I much prefer the "proper" hoods, that is stiffer plastics and other materials as opposed to card, card is a good light stopper, but for protection its a bit weaker and likley to need replacing every so often (its also rather pointless in rain - oh yah hoods are good rain protectors too)
     
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    :lol: Lemurs? LOL that's a great shot...you weren't taking macro pictures of his belly were ya?:D
     
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    I think i saw this on "When Animals Attack", you were lucky to get out with your life!
     
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    Was the lemur trying to steal your hood?
     
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    Bwahahaha. I love the hood on mine. It's there for a reason you know, and the reasoning is very, very good (it goes hand-in-hand with the reverse zoom).

    I wouldn't use a card, ever. Just buy the darn hood. It's better quality, and cut to the correct size for your lens, which in and of itself makes it superior. (And I too love having a hood for protection from the rain. Another big benefit of the deep hood on the 24-70 is that when you're at 70, rain is not very likely to get on the front element.)
     
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    Until he saw my flash diffuser he was yes !
     

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