Whats the benefit of a lens hood?

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  1. anubis404

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    What is the benefit of a lens hood? What do they do?
     
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    Look in the general direction of the sun, just below it..
    then put on a baseball cap or use your hand over your eyes like the brim of a hat
    you can now see better.
    lenshood is basically like that.

    it will get rid of unwanted glares
    also if something is really bright off to your right, theres a chance that light may reflect off the edge of your lens or filter into the camera causing glares and lensflares.
    lens hood gets rid of that

    Also if you accidentally bump your camera into somthing, the lenshood takes the hit and not the glass.
    and good for keeping fingerprints ect off the lens.
     
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    well with or without a hood if you're looking directly in the sun you're going to have flare and glare. if the sun is directly above you though it will block it out.

    Everything else osirus said though I agree.
     
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    It keeps the rain off...
     
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    Everything I was going to say has already been said, aside from this one small thing: lens hoods serve in making it really fiddly to rotate filters.
     
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    Just make sure to only get the one made for your lens, not just one with the same thread off ebay. And remember not all lenses have available hoods because the manufacture knew the lens would not benefit from one.
     
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    Indeed the design of my Macro is such that the front element is recessed about 6cm into the lens. It is its own hood.

    The most overlooked benefit is the lens hood makes the lens longer and sexier.
     
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    are there any negatives to using a hood
     
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    Size does matter?

    I guess she has been lying to me!
     
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    Lens hoods also look sexy. You get more looks from the bewildered crowd around you!!!


    As per negatives. I would say they are expensive. Canon does not include lens hoods with their non-L series lenses, which is pretty cheap of them.

    Also, as mentionned above, lens hoods get in the way of filters and other devices that you may want to attach in the front of the lens.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  12. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Clients won't take your serious.

    You're less likely to have sex.

    You can't produce any little baby Nikons without a hood.

    You're liable to break a $50 dollar accessory rather that a $1700 piece of equipment.

    Your boyfriend/girlfriend is likely to ditch you for the next best thing. ??


    :lmao:













    I don't know of any negatives. There are possible situations when you remve it, but unlikely.
     

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