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04-14-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Hoods -- again

I recently have done a LOT of shooting of aircraft using Runway 02 (generally pointing south-southwest - a compass bearing of 200 degrees mag) and into the low, afternoon winter sun. While the sun was usually not actually in the frame, it was often within 70 degrees of the lens axis. The cameras were the Kx, K200D and K5. Lenses were the DA 55-300, DA* 300, DA 18-135 and Tamron SP AF 24-135.

In those few days when I DID NOT use a hood for some reason there was a noticeable reduction in contrast if the sun, or even just bright hazy light, struck the front surface of the lens. It's easy to notice flare spots when the sun's within the frame, it's a much more subtle effect when the sun isn't in the frame but it's there.

When using a hood, ANY hood whose length was at least as long as the lens diameter provided flare protection that wasn't noticeably less than the manufacturer's dedicated tulip-type hoods intended for that specific lens.

Considering the cropped image circle associated with APS-C and the hoods provided to prevent vignetting of zoom lenses at the widest FL, I've reduced my working hood inventory to a few circular designs of a length that don't vignette at the widest FL with the intent that if a specific, noticeable flare situation arises I can always find and use a make-shift shade by many means.

The ubiquitous circular metal or rubber hoods and a black paper wrap that can be positioned and fixed to the lens with a rubber band are again regaining a favored place in my bag. Light, cheap, versatile, easy to carry and effective if you take the time to assure shade protection for the face of the lens.

[ The most expensive and least effective lens shade/hood I've ever used was a hyper-critical, sort'a voice activated, self-propelled human female holding something. Try to re-sell one of those (in used condition!) in the PF Marketplace if ya don't like it after a trial period! ]

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Hope your lens hood can't read!
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QuoteOriginally posted by calsan:
Hope your lens hood can't read!
With experience, one quickly learns which mobile "shade-holders" NOT to employ -- given a vast field of possibilities with similar characteristics.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pacerr Quote
The ubiquitous circular metal or rubber hoods and a black paper wrap that can be positioned and fixed to the lens with a rubber band are again regaining a favored place in my bag.
The only gripe I have with circular hoods is that they are all thread mount and do not come in the same bayonet mount used by the included petal hood. Not as easy to remove and store in the camera bag as the reversible petal hoods. However, for the one lens I own that did not come with a hood, the aftermarket metal thread-mounted hood works great.

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OTOH, threaded ones 're not brand specific and you can stack a few 'empty' filter rings or step adapters to customize 'em as needed. Trade-offs, eh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by atupdate Quote
The only gripe I have with circular hoods is that they are all thread mount and do not come in the same bayonet mount used by the included petal hood. Not as easy to remove and store in the camera bag as the reversible petal hoods. However, for the one lens I own that did not come with a hood, the aftermarket metal thread-mounted hood works great.

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I've had good results with a collapsible rubber hood on my DA-L 55-300. The hood folds and compresses so there's no need to remove it for bag storage.
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OTOH, threaded ones 're not brand specific and you can stack a few 'empty' filter rings or step adapters to customize 'em as needed. Trade-offs, eh?
So true. Now, how about the perfect camera bag? ;-)

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I've had good results with a collapsible rubber hood on my DA-L 55-300. The hood folds and compresses so there's no need to remove it for bag storage.
I really like the protection from a hard hood. I've stopped using UV filters for protection once I started using the hard hoods and I've had no problems yet.

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QuoteOriginally posted by atupdate:
Now, how about the perfect camera bag? ;-)
Easy universal solution: Just attach plastic Wally-mart bags as needed to customize whatever bag(s) you already have as needed.

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