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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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Unless the lens hood is in the way (for example if you are using a polarising filer that you need to access, or when putting the camera in a camera bag), there is no reason to remove it. On the contr …
answered Jan 4 '13 by Guffa
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I can see two reasons for the hood to block the view: The hood is not correctly positioned. The hood is not made for the angle of view of the lens. From what I could find, it's a tulip shaped hood …
answered Sep 23 '10 by Guffa