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06-17-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hood or No Hood?

I have a Pentax F50 f1.7 that I have a metal screw mount lens hood that fits it perfectly.

Discussion I would like to see is the pros and cons of using a hood for this kind of lens. Does it 'really' help anything? Or is it just taking up space?

06-17-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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Pro:

Increases contrast when shooting wide open
Can help protect the front element from things swinging into it
Reduces flare

Cons:
None, unless you are really that picky.
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I think you will find that most of the veteran users on this site are decidedly pro-hood.


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QuoteOriginally posted by alamo5000 Quote
Or is it just taking up space?
That's the worst it can do. It can't hurt. I use those $2 collapsible rubber ones you can find on the 'bay. You'd be surprised how much they help, especially on old lenses with feeble coatings.

QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I think you will find that most of the veteran users on this site are decidedly pro-hood.
I don't think I've ever seen an anti-hood opinion.

06-17-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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I've been using the hood without fail. It normally stays on the lens, but I got to playing with the lens and began to question my choice to do so.

Why? Just because i was thinking about it
06-17-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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Enhances contrast on nearly every lens, which is in-and-of itself sufficient to justify using it (but it does more too).
06-17-2013, 09:47 PM   #7
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Just do it.
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There was a conversation on the forum a few days ago about this very same question about the very same lens. Someone recommended a 49mm to 28mm step-down filter as an option instead of a hood. Seeing how I've recently acquired that lens, I'm gonna try out the step-down filter.

49mm to 28mm Step Down Filter Ring Adapter 49 28 | eBay

06-17-2013, 10:27 PM   #9
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Agree with previous comments. The hood nearly always helps and with some lenses its helps a lot. For example my Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70 f2.8 is almost transformed with a hood - so much better contrast (I have comparative shots to prove it).
I can think of one case not use a hood and thats when you want a discreet configuration using a compact camera configuration with a pancake like a DA 40 (which is probably still pretty good with out a hood - at least indoors).
Maybe if you are taking just the occasional quick shot. Unfortunately many lenses / hood combinations don't allow you to put a lens cap on with hood fitted.
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Bring back the built-in hood I say! My Tak 135mm and the M-200mm I had, both had built-in hoods.
I never once left their hoods at home.

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Beyond what has been previously said, a hood is the best protection for the lens front element. And a hood is cheaper than a good filter. So, I always keep the hood on every lens. I know it takes up more room, but it's safer and faster. Especially since I always forget to put the lenscap.
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Unless you want flare, go for the hood
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A hood improves IQ. A filter, no matter how good, degrades IQ.
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You gotta go with the hood...unless you are deliberately shooting a low contrast shot or want the effect of a little flare (or a lot of flare depending on the lens).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
A hood improves IQ. A filter, no matter how good, degrades IQ.
Simply well said.
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