Digital SLR Cameras Forum

Digital SLRs Forum Discuss digital SLRs, lenses, RAW conversion, or anything else related to digital SLRs. You may also want to see the Nikon, Canon, and Sony camera forums.
Digital Camera Pro Reviews >>
Read and Write Digital SLR Reviews >>
Digital SLR Buyer's Guide >>
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Hood Questions

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    8

    Hood Questions

    It seems most people here recommend using a lens hood. I have never used one for functional reasons-- and rather use a filter for "protection."

    My stupid newbie questions: for Canon lenses, can/should the lens cap be used while the hood is on and the camera is not in use? Can the camera generally be easily transported with the hood on (or is the hood usually removed each time?

    What I am getting at--- does a hood serve as an inconvenience?

  2. #2
    project forum co-moderator Frog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    wa state
    Posts
    11,195

    Re: Hood Questions

    I've never thought of the hood as an inconvenience and they stay on my lenses all the time except one that needs to be removed to fit in the bag.
    Yes, keep using your lens caps if only to keep the dust off which a hood won't help with.
    Hoods are mostly for blocking stray light.
    Keep Shooting!

    CHECK OUT THE PHOTO PROJECT FORUM
    http://forums.photographyreview.com/...splay.php?f=34

    Please refrain from editing my photos without asking.

  3. #3
    Senior Shooter Greg McCary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Rome Ga.
    Posts
    10,550

    Re: Hood Questions

    When not in use I flip the hood on backwards and put the cap on.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

    Sony a99/a7R

  4. #4
    Senior Member Anbesol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    3,430

    Re: Hood Questions

    I do the same as gary. The hood is the best protection against flare and haze you can get.

  5. #5
    Check out our D300 Pro Review! deckcadet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Gainesville, Florida, USA
    Posts
    1,189

    Re: Hood Questions

    I also reverse my hoods and put the cap on when putting the camera in a bag or transporting 'non-ready', and I'll put on the cap and leave the hood extended if I'm carrying it with the strap with the body out.

    I tend to avoid filters and use hoods for protection , as they don't increase the risk of flare and ghosting like filters. I only use filters in extreme situations.

    One thing is that Canon has not yet released a center-pinch lens cap which makes putting them on and off inside a hood more difficult. Tamron and Nikon have these caps, and I think Sigma may have a version as well. You should look at buying one of those.
    Harrison
    Nikon Forum / Digital SLR Forum Moderator | moderator bio
    Check out our new Nikon D300 Pro Review D3 review coming soon...
    Nikon Samurai #9 | NPS Member
    10 Lenses 5 Bodies 3 Macs 1 Sore Back

  6. #6
    Nature/Wildlife Forum Co-Moderator Loupey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    7,856

    Re: Hood Questions

    Different things for different purposes. It's all about which suits you best.

    I travel extremely light and generally don't have room for a lens hood. Yet I don't use filters. So I leave the cap on until I know I'm going to be actively shooting. Been in some extremely crowded situations as well as shooting in mist/rain. Never had any problems.

    Not using a cap, even when using a hood, will result in dust accumulation eventually.

    If I were to choose between the two, I would pick a cap every time.
    Please do not edit or repost my images.

    See my website HERE.


    What's a Loupe for anyway?

  7. #7
    The Polariser fx101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    652

    Re: Hood Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by deckcadet
    I also reverse my hoods and put the cap on when putting the camera in a bag or transporting 'non-ready', and I'll put on the cap and leave the hood extended if I'm carrying it with the strap with the body out.

    I tend to avoid filters and use hoods for protection , as they don't increase the risk of flare and ghosting like filters. I only use filters in extreme situations.

    One thing is that Canon has not yet released a center-pinch lens cap which makes putting them on and off inside a hood more difficult. Tamron and Nikon have these caps, and I think Sigma may have a version as well. You should look at buying one of those.
    I second reversing the hood. It makes it really easy to fit in a photography backpack and you can stick the lens cap on easily. If you are shooting, don't stick the lens cap on, you might miss a shot. I disagree with deckadet about the filters though. A good multicoated UV filter doesn't noticeably ghost and it provides good protection.
    --The camera's role is not to interfere with the photographer's work--

    --Cibachrome: It's like printing on gold.

    --Edit my photos as part of your commentary if you want to.--

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •