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02-05-2014, 07:42 AM   #1
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Lens Hood Quick Question......

I always use my hoods on my lenses all the time, however this may seem like a stupid question.....when shooting indoors is it necessary to have the hood on?

.........told ya it was a stupid question...

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There are stupid questions, but that's not one of them. The hood is used to avoid just-out-of-frame light sources that reflect in the barrel and cause flares. The most common such light source is the sun, which won't usually be a problem when inside. But there are other light sources that can cause problems. Lamps, candles, flashes, Projectors and computer screens to name a few. None of these are as strong as the sun, of course. Also, good coatings really help to minimize flares. I rarely use hoods indoors, but they are certainly not useless.

So in conclusion, It depends on your lens and the light sources available.

Also, If nothing else, mounting the hood is a good way to not lose it, and it does help to protect the front element.
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Birddude007 and topace,

You probably not have seen this thread from 5 years (!) ago now, but it indicates that a hood will do more to it than just cut down flare. A proper hood can also help improve contrast, whether inside or outdoors:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/47414-about-lens-...important.html
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I always use a hood because I don't use a UV filter and the hoods do a good job of shielding the lens from the incidental bumps.

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To expand, and also answer one of my queries.

How about during flash exposures? (talking normal distance here, not macro)
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QuoteOriginally posted by BirdDude007 Quote
when shooting indoors is it necessary to have the hood on?
For me yes, cos that's where the lens hood lives... on the front of the lens.

Protection, flare, contrast, not losing them, all good reasons, just leave 'em there they can't hurt.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hks_kansei Quote
To expand, and also answer one of my queries.

How about during flash exposures? (talking normal distance here, not macro)
Flash light is also light, and care should be made that only the light you want gets into the lens, as allways. So I'd recommend the hood, unless the flash is set so that the hood creates shadows.

Interesting, but I'll attribute that to loss of stray light as well, even though it's not exactly flare.
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