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    Ignorant question but what is the function of a lens hood. how does it affect the pciture taken? Thanks.

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    If i'm not wrong its mainly to cut down on glare so you wont get lens flares?
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84
    If i'm not wrong its mainly to cut down on glare so you wont get lens flares?
    Yup, and also is a handy little device to stop water getting on the glass of the lens when its raining and your taking pics!

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    whats lens flare?

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    Default Re: use of a lens hood

    the lens hood is used to block light from hitting the front element of your lens
    if the light hits the front element of your lens
    you will get lens flare

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    Default Re: use of a lens hood

    Quote Originally Posted by socrates
    whats lens flare?
    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...lens-flare.htm

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    And also to prevent itchy fingers from touching your front element or filter, and prevent the front element from knocking into walls/people/etc
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    good protection for the lens

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    Just don't try to take macro pictures (namely with insects) with lense hood on. I did it with my 50mm macro, and in the end, my pictures came out all black as the hood covered my subject, and "sheltered" it from any avaliable light source, including my flash :S
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    Default Re: use of a lens hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Raptor1
    Just don't try to take macro pictures (namely with insects) with lense hood on. I did it with my 50mm macro, and in the end, my pictures came out all black as the hood covered my subject, and "sheltered" it from any avaliable light source, including my flash :S
    Then you should have been able to see that the subject is void of any available light when you look through the VF right...
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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar
    Then you should have been able to see that the subject is void of any available light when you look through the VF right...
    Not really, as the subject could still be seen through the viewfinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raptor1
    Not really, as the subject could still be seen through the viewfinder.
    Now that's a bit weird. you stated that "my pictures came out all black as the hood covered my subject, and "sheltered" it from any avaliable light source, including my flash". This meant that the subject is in total darkness, and you shouldn't be seeing anything thru the VF
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    Default Re: use of a lens hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Raptor1
    Not really, as the subject could still be seen through the viewfinder.
    Not a SLR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canew
    Not a SLR?
    Hmm..if he can "I did it with my 50mm macro, and in the end, my pictures came out all black as the hood covered my subject, and "sheltered" it from any avaliable light source, including my flash", it should be a (D)SLR
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