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    when i'm taking wideangle scenery shots.. is it better to use hood?

    or.. what's the real purpose of using hood?

    tia

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    when i'm taking wideangle scenery shots.. is it better to use hood?

    or.. what's the real purpose of using hood?

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    To improve contrast and prevent incident light from causing flares.
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    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/C...ens-Hoods.aspx

    Furthermore, it protects the lens and looks more pro.
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    The hood is to help protect your lens from damage and from flare. Damage as in your cam falls lens first into the ground in which your lens have a higher chance of survival. Flare as in shooting almost directly into the sun that can cause bright spots in your pics. Hope that answers you.

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    yes.. thanks.
    useful link too.

    it says hoods are expensive.. i wonder how much? any recommended hood for 50mm f1.8 and the D80 18-135mm kit lens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beserk View Post
    The hood is to help protect your lens from damage and from flare. Damage as in your cam falls lens first into the ground in which your lens have a higher chance of survival. Flare as in shooting almost directly into the sun that can cause bright spots in your pics. Hope that answers you.
    i totally agree to that it really protected my macro lens i dropped in school lol kinda dumb rite juz took out put on table wanted clean and bb the lens with the body fell onli lens hood crack!thanks to the lord lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    yes.. thanks.
    useful link too.

    it says hoods are expensive.. i wonder how much? any recommended hood for 50mm f1.8 and the D80 18-135mm kit lens?
    The 18-135 comes with a hood..

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    Quote Originally Posted by spazzer View Post
    i totally agree to that it really protected my macro lens i dropped in school lol kinda dumb rite juz took out put on table wanted clean and bb the lens with the body fell onli lens hood crack!thanks to the lord lol
    Theoretically, les hood are not able to protect lenses from a fall. You just got lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmtn4aj View Post
    The 18-135 comes with a hood..
    err.. really?
    damn.. i better go take a look :P
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    recommended to keep hood on during shooting in the day all the time?

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    yes. even if it's late night just reverse the hood to protect your lens. you may never know someone would be running and hit your lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kebeye View Post
    yes. even if it's late night just reverse the hood to protect your lens. you may never know someone would be running and hit your lens.
    what you mean by "reverse the hood"?

    i suppose 'should' still use hood even with CPL attached?

    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    what you mean by "reverse the hood"?
    i.e. reverse on your lens, opposite from 'petals' facing outwards.

    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    i suppose 'should' still use hood even with CPL attached?
    Some hoods have a 'hole' as a provision for this purpose, while most don't. I just adjust the CPL, then attach back the hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipin View Post
    i.e. reverse on your lens, opposite from 'petals' facing outwards.
    ok.. dont quite understand. i thot that's how the hood should be mounted, ie opposite from petals facing outwards.

    so wat's the diff with "reverse the hood"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    when i'm taking wideangle scenery shots.. is it better to use hood?

    or.. what's the real purpose of using hood?

    tia
    For me, the "real" purpose is to reduce flare, the added bonus is to prevent smudging of the lense with your (or others) fingers accidentally contacted the glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    ok.. dont quite understand. i thot that's how the hood should be mounted, ie opposite from petals facing outwards.

    so wat's the diff with "reverse the hood"?
    does that mean you are mounting it that way? in that case why even bother to put on a hood? since its only covering the lens barrel and not stray light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    does that mean you are mounting it that way? in that case why even bother to put on a hood? since its only covering the lens barrel and not stray light.
    ?? i dont understand leh..

    nvm.. i bring to shop let them demo wat is "reverse the hood"
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    ?? i dont understand leh..

    nvm.. i bring to shop let them demo wat is "reverse the hood"
    huh... just mount it backwards...

    let the front of the hood face backwards and screw it on...

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    Hi foxxcat,

    Go to the link below and have a look at how D80 with its kit lens and hood looks like.

    http://big1637dad.cocolog-nifty.com/...07/02/d80.html

    This is how a hood is mounted for use.

    Reverse mounting means to take out the hood, flip 180deg, so that the petal look alike protrusions are facing toward the cam body.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxkat View Post
    ?? i dont understand leh..

    nvm.. i bring to shop let them demo wat is "reverse the hood"
    Just try to remember how the lens hood looked (WRT it's 'kept' position) on the lens when it was first taken out of the box at the shop.

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