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02-16-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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better 77Ltd hood to block lens flare

Does anyone use a bigger hood on the 77Ltd to block out some of the flare?

Took a few photos at a Canon meetup (amusingly, they ragged on the few Nikon users that attended instead of me ) and took a few natural light photos w/ the 77Ltd and got some weird ones like this...this is probably the worst of them. This is just resized RAW->JPEG out of camera:

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Well, if you don't intend to be switching to film, such that it'd be a big pain, you can in fact go with a longer hood on those FA Limiteds.

As for who gets ragged on, you have to understand the Canon/Nikon thing goes way back to when Nikon types acted like toting Canons was a sure sign you were a failure, because *obviously* if you could afford it, you'd be toting Nikon.


Then Canon got way ahead of Nikon for a number of years in digital and it turned into some kind of grudge match.

Two houses, alike in dignity, at fair Photokina where we lay our scene, where ancient grudge break to new mutiny...

Pentax people always had some kind of maybe Mercutio thing going on with all this.
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Did you have a filter(uv) on the lens? That could be the problem.
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That's a good point, Muus. Though a longer hood can overcome many vices in even a cheesed UV filter.

Though, too, the more I look at that photo, it appears as though some computer manipulation may be at fault, like the man in there was shadowed in the first place and shadows were badly-compensated for, thus making him look kind of muddy.

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QuoteOriginally posted by muustuus Quote
Did you have a filter(uv) on the lens? That could be the problem.
Yep, tried it with and without. The instructor suggested that as well. Then he suggested cupping my hand over the lens hood to block it (he thought it didn't have a lens hood because it looked so small compared to some of the other lenses people were using ...it's a lot smaller than my Sigma 17-70 which was smaller than everyone else's 2.8 zooms except for the ones w/ the inexpensive Canon 50/1.8).

Here's another picture w/ the same lighting (incandescent modeling light from beauty dish and low sunlight reflecting through room), straight from RAW (no sharpening at all which is why both of these look pretty soft) converted to JPEG and resized down.
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And here's the image w/ some PPing...contrast boost, sharpening but that's it:
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