Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Riggaberto, Mar 23, 2007.
I was wondering what the basic purposes and uses are for lens hoods, simple question, thanks!
well the lens hood is designed to reduce the amount of light hitting the front element from the sides, thus reducing color saturation and contrast. It will most notably keep any harsh direct light from the class that could cause flaring or ghosting. Also if you have a solid hood (not the fold back rubber kind) lens hoods are a good line of protection for the glass, in case you have the camera on a strap around your neck and it swings into anything, or if god forbid you should lose your grip on the camera and it falls lens first, the hood will take the damage leaving the glass unscathed.
Also, if it is raining or snowing, the lens hood can keep the glass dry and keep your pictures clear.
Everything xfloggingkylex said and here is a link to an in depth explanation.
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