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05/17/2007 10:11:00 PM · #1
I've always seen that most professionals use lens hoods, but i've never really understood what they do. My guess is it has something to do with guiding and/or blocking out certain light. Would anyone please like to explain?

Thanks
05/17/2007 10:12:35 PM · #2
they prevent sun flares
05/17/2007 10:31:21 PM · #3
They make your lens look bigger, along with protecting the front element, but mostly it's a size thing :-D And they prevent sun flares.

Message edited by author 2007-05-17 22:31:40.
05/17/2007 10:32:09 PM · #4
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

They make your lens look bigger, along with protecting the front element, but mostly it's a size thing :-D And they prevent sun flares.

It's always a size thing with you, isnt it?? ;-)
05/17/2007 10:33:59 PM · #5
Yup :-P
05/17/2007 10:40:02 PM · #6
using lens hood is like wearing push-up bra.
enhancing appearance as a secondary effect.
05/17/2007 10:42:47 PM · #7
Pancake lenses need a hood to pass them selves off as lenses and get laughed at less! They also help add a minor amount of counter weight that the lens lacks..... J/K

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05/17/2007 10:45:36 PM · #8
They're also useful at protecting the front of your lens from bumping into things
05/17/2007 10:46:34 PM · #9
Originally posted by RainMotorsports:

Pancake lenses need a hood to pass them selves off as lenses and get laughed at less! They also help add a minor amount of counter weight that the lens lacks..... J/K


i actually find pancake lenses very attractive!
they seem to have this cool factor about them ;)
05/17/2007 10:49:49 PM · #10
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by RainMotorsports:

Pancake lenses need a hood to pass them selves off as lenses and get laughed at less! They also help add a minor amount of counter weight that the lens lacks..... J/K


i actually find pancake lenses very attractive!
they seem to have this cool factor about them ;)


Yeah but would you ever shoot a wedding with one (Assuming youd shoot a wedding in 35mm with a 50 and now using a K10D with its crop factor a 40 shows a bit closer)

It would look ridiculous. Then again i guess most people dont shoot weddings with a 50 1.8 these days? Not sure I have several 35mm SLR's and all i have is 50mm Prime's for each lol.
05/17/2007 10:51:08 PM · #11
Originally posted by RainMotorsports:

Then again i guess most people dont shoot weddings with a 50 1.8 these days?


My lens of choice during the ceremony, especially if flash is forbidden.
05/17/2007 11:26:36 PM · #12
Originally posted by RainMotorsports:


Yeah but would you ever shoot a wedding with one (Assuming youd shoot a wedding in 35mm with a 50 and now using a K10D with its crop factor a 40 shows a bit closer)

i'm not certain if it is best to judge lenses by means of wedding events alone. for if that's the case i would see telephoto lenses as far useless! :)

Message edited by author 2007-05-17 23:26:59.
05/17/2007 11:30:26 PM · #13
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by RainMotorsports:


Yeah but would you ever shoot a wedding with one (Assuming youd shoot a wedding in 35mm with a 50 and now using a K10D with its crop factor a 40 shows a bit closer)

i'm not certain if it is best to judge lenses by means of wedding events alone. for if that's the case i would see telephoto lenses as far useless! :)


What do you mean, I see people use the bigma all the time. I hear gary fong uses a 12 inch refractor telescope.

05/17/2007 11:32:22 PM · #14
Originally posted by Elvis_L:

I hear gary fong uses a 12 inch refractor telescope.


He's compensating for something and it's definitely not money.
05/17/2007 11:33:10 PM · #15
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by Elvis_L:

I hear gary fong uses a 12 inch refractor telescope.


He's compensating for something and it's definitely not money.


you got that right.
05/17/2007 11:39:53 PM · #16
Originally posted by Elvis_L:

I hear gary fong uses a 12 inch refractor telescope.

and i thought he was all about using transparent rice bowls on his flashes XD
05/17/2007 11:41:25 PM · #17
So to draaaaaag this back to the original question, unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?
05/17/2007 11:42:35 PM · #18
Originally posted by levyj413:

So to draaaaaag this back to the original question, unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?


As long as it does not restrict the lens or vignette it might be a good idea to use it if you have it. You might get into a situation where you didnt think youd need it and save a shot.

I could be wrong.
05/17/2007 11:43:42 PM · #19
Originally posted by levyj413:

So to draaaaaag this back to the original question, unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?


i never use mine.
05/17/2007 11:43:52 PM · #20
Originally posted by levyj413:

So unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?

shooting directly into the sun? no lens hood gonna be THAT good.
05/17/2007 11:44:48 PM · #21
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by levyj413:

So unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?

shooting directly into the sun? no lens hood gonna be THAT good.


thats when you break out the lightsphere:)
05/17/2007 11:45:26 PM · #22
Originally posted by levyj413:

So to draaaaaag this back to the original question, unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?


Flare and it helps protect the front element on the lens. I always have a hood on my lens when walking around with my camera over my shoulder and sometimes when I am shooting studio style.
05/17/2007 11:49:38 PM · #23
Originally posted by Elvis_L:

Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by levyj413:

So unless you're shooting into the sun (or, presumably, another bright light source), a lens hood isn't really all that useful?

shooting directly into the sun? no lens hood gonna be THAT good.


thats when you break out the lightsphere:)


LMAO

To answer the question it's when the sun is coming across the lens, not directly at it.
05/18/2007 08:29:28 AM · #24
Thanks for all the help
05/18/2007 09:12:49 AM · #25
Also, it's worth noting that you can print your own lens hoods. There was a thread on this a while back.
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