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    Hey guys, I'm not really sure what are the purposes of a lens hood besides just protecting the lens itself. Come and share with me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDIONN View Post
    Hey guys, I'm not really sure what are the purposes of a lens hood besides just protecting the lens itself. Come and share with me..
    The purpose of a lens hood is to prevent flare, which can seriously degrade the image quality of photographic lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDIONN View Post
    Hey guys, I'm not really sure what are the purposes of a lens hood besides just protecting the lens itself. Come and share with me..
    The purpose is to make the lens look longer, so looks more pro.

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    Default Re: Purpose of lens hood

    Lens hood also can prevent unwanted light rays from entering the lens and hence reduce lens glare and ghost images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The purpose is to make the lens look longer, so looks more pro.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Default Re: Purpose of lens hood

    Quote Originally Posted by DDIONN View Post
    Hey guys, I'm not really sure what are the purposes of a lens hood besides just protecting the lens itself. Come and share with me..
    Pls Google this.

    I think, maybe it's like you wear a cap? If you scared lens becomes too hot, then put on lens hood.
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    Default Re: Purpose of lens hood

    You might be interested in this recent CS thread on lens hood.

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    Very impressive!!!


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    Haha yea looks cooler and more pro..
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    Default Re: Purpose of lens hood

    Primarily remove FLARE .. avoids Stray Light.
    Secondarily.. save the lens to certain extend acting as crumple zone.
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    Default Re: Purpose of lens hood

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacobs View Post
    Lens hood also can prevent unwanted light rays from entering the lens and hence reduce lens glare and ghost images.
    Quote Originally Posted by kaylan2000 View Post
    Primarily remove FLARE .. avoids Stray Light.
    Secondarily.. save the lens to certain extend acting as crumple zone.
    but there are people who want flare, so they opt for a lens hood that is not optimize for the lens.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    The hood can also provide some physical protectection of the front elements in case you accidentally hit the lens against something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The purpose is to make the lens look longer, so looks more pro.

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    Default Re: Purpose of lens hood

    not all lenses can use the same hood.

    some dont even need coz will end up with vignetting.

    check with the manufacturer the exact, correct hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The purpose is to make the lens look longer, so looks more pro.
    Hahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The purpose is to make the lens look longer, so looks more pro.
    Only if the hood is petal shaped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDIONN View Post
    Hey guys, I'm not really sure what are the purposes of a lens hood besides just protecting the lens itself. Come and share with me..
    shield the front element from stray sources of light which can cause flare..

    can also make yhour lens look bigger and you can feel more pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    but there are people who want flare, so they opt for a lens hood that is not optimize for the lens.
    Exception is always part of the game
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The purpose is to make the lens look longer, so looks more pro.
    I think most of the replies agree with this one.

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    Think the sad truth nwadays is ppl use it to look more pro than to shield off strong light intensity that invites flare/protect their front element..

    Got a friend once ask me :
    Fren : Hw to use CPL arh?
    NNB : Remove ur hood/UV, and screw in front of ur filter thread and rotate, u noe can saturate sky and remove reflection tis n tt...
    Fren : Arh, u mean mus remove Hood then can use meh, aiyoh, lidat, not pro liao leh.. Think nt need CPL la.. mus take out hood, sian..
    NNB : ..... ..... ..... .... .....

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