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A lens hood is a device which sticks onto a lens, which helps shield the lens from stray light. They often have a flower-shaped design, which gives maximum protection while minimizing the vignetting on the image.

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Why are some lens hoods petal shaped and others not?

I have one lens hood for a 28-105mm lens that is petal shaped. I have another lens hood for a 50mm lens that is fully round. If the purpose of the lens hood is to block stray light, then wouldn't ...
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What does a lens hood do?

Pretty straight forward question. What does a lens hood do?
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Do lens hoods need to be matched to focal length?

Is it true that not all generic lens hoods work on all lenses (provided the filter diameter matches, of course)? I read that the focal length plays a role in it - but I cannot find such readings on ...
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How do I properly position a lens hood?

I understand the basic idea of a lens hood, but after looking at mine and contemplating how to use it, I get stuck on the same question every time: Does the orientation of the hood on the lens ...
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Could I get a lens hood that suits 'all' lenses?

I understand what a lens hood does, and I've read several of the questions about them here on the site, but I am still left wondering whether I could get a lens hood that would work on both the lenses ...
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Should I put UV filter to protect the lens even if I put a lens hood?

That's pretty it, usually you buy a UV filter to protect the lens. My question is do I need the UV filter even if I'm using a lens hood?
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How can I prevent my lens hood from causing dark corners?

I'm new to photography and I have a lens hood on my Canon Rebel XT camera/lens. I'm getting these dark corners on some of my photographs. No doubt they're coming from the lens hood. What am I doing ...
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Do I have the right lens hood for my Canon 1000D with EF-S 18-55mm kit lens?

I'm starting into the realm of photography and learning about the various additions to cameras that assist in good photos. I have the Canon EOS 1000d, I believe the Rebel in the US? It came with the ...
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What should I consider when buying a lens hood? [duplicate]

I have Nikon D5200 with 18-55mm kit lens, and I want to buy a lens hood. Some related questions: Will the lens hood increase the photo quality? What are the types of lens hood? Should I be looking ...