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Questions tagged [lens-hood]

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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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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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 matter?...
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Is there any downside to using a knock-off lens hood?

Canon prices on these things are crazy, has anyone had a problem with a knock-off? What factors should I consider when evaluating a lens hood? $2.95 Lens Hood from China $31.84 Lens Hood from Canon
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Why and when to use a lens hood?

I'm pretty new to photography. I'm just wondering if I need a sunshade, and what the benefits of having one are. Also, when would I really need to use it? I typically take landscape photographs. I'...
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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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Are lens hoods a must?

I see most professional photographers use lens hoods. Why is that? Do they use them for something apart from preventing scratches, etc.? Are lens hoods a must for all lenses? What should I consider ...
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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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How does lens-hoods for pancake lenses work? (Canon EF 40mm with ES-52)

Normally I use lens-hoods on every of my glasses (flairlight blocker, lens protection). Some days ago a bought the Canon EF 40mm STM (Pancake-Lens). So I look for the fitting lens-hood and found the ...
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Are there objective tests showing the the impact of a lens hood on image quality where there is no obvious flare?

I am familiar with the function of a lens hood, and I can understand that they could help to improve the contrast of pictures. However, I'm not convinced whether a lens hood does make all that much of ...
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How can I find a petal-style lens hood for my Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (or any lens which doens't have one)?

I got a good deal for a used Nikkor 55-300mm lens but it didn't come with a lens hood. I am in search of a petal lens hood, but the Nikkon website lists only a round hb-57 hood. I tried finding the ...
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compatibility of lens hoods and lens filters with step up ring

I have never owned a lens hood, but I have owned a lens filter for my kit lens. I now have a new lens, a Canon 50mm F/1.8 STM, and I want to buy a lens hood. I read that lens hoods are made ...
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How important are lens hoods on ultra wide zoom lenses?

I'm currently looking for an ultra wide lens for my APS-C camera. I have an offer for a Sigma 10-20 f/3.5, however it's lacking the original lens hood. This is why I'm wondering how important lens ...
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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 at ...