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07-20-2012, 03:22 AM   #1
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Lens hood or polarizing filter?

Hi. Which one would you rather use - a lens hood or a polarizing filter. I am finding it almost impossible to use both on the same lens, so which one should I use on a bright sunny day? Your comments and suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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I don't think it is an either/or decision. They each perform separate functions in quite different ways. A good lens hood should have a cut-out or some way to let you manipulate the CPL for best effect.
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Hood always. Polariser when wanted (and still with a hood).
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Thanks for your quick replies. I had wrongly assumed that they both performed the same function (i.e., as regards stray light). Learned something new today. Cheers.

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Hood on top of filter, always. Makes it easier to turn, too.
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some Pentax lenses have a removable hatch(?) that allows you to use a polarizer and turn it through the opening.....genius....definitely on the 50-135 & 60-250 hoods
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You can also put a screw on 3-stage rubber onto the CPL and by rotating the hood actually rotate the CPL. I find this works well for me under most circumstances. If you already have the bayonet hood with a cutout then that works too but I find it more fiddling to use myself plus you run the risk of loosing the cutout.
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Hood always; polarizer if the situation calls for it....and to me, it usually does if I'm outside.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Franky2step Quote
some Pentax lenses have a removable hatch(?) that allows you to use a polarizer and turn it through the opening.....genius....definitely on the 50-135 & 60-250 hoods
The hoods for the DA*16-50, DA*55, DA*300 and even the DA55-300 have this as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
Hood always. Polariser when wanted (and still with a hood).
+1 it's exactly what I do too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
Hood always. Polariser when wanted (and still with a hood).
+1 from me too, cause this is what I do, unless I am hoping to get some flare.
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