Why should you use a Lens hood

Why should you use a Lens hood

We often see photographers roaming around with their cameras with long lenses and lens hoods. I hardly see any professional photographer who does not use one. Specially those who are into street photography, nature or sports photography. The question is should I get one for myself?


Answer is: YES

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  1. The main reason for using a lens hood is to prevent unwanted stray light from hitting the
    lens element from the sides that saves your images from the flare that is in
    some cases very important.
  2. Lens hood also increase color saturation
  3. A silent service it also provides is to protect your lens that is extra protection from accidentally impact as you can accidentally hit your camera lens to wall, can print the fingers on it etc. however the lens hood will work as a shield to prevent any damage as its edges are extended and the lens front element is hard to reach. Even if you break your lens hood, you will not feel bad losing a $20 hood than to a $1000 lens.
  4. We would definitely recommend using the lens hood with every lens you have.
  5. Please find below the sample pictures taken without the lens hood and check how damaging the flare can be

lens flare

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  1. Top Rated Cameras /

    I recently bought a Nikon D5000 and the kit that comes along with doesn’t have a lens hood. When I bought a lens hood, I tried shooting with it. Some shots that are zoomed out creates a black blurry dark object/shade on each side of the picture and it doesn’t look good for me. I guess it is because of the lens hood. Do you think I got the wrong lens hood? it is a flower type/petal type lens hood.

    1. Sam / Post Author

      If you are using wide angel lens and the lens hood has bigger edges then it can distract taking picture. you can buy a thin head hood for wide angel lens and for telephoto thick head hood then there will be no problem as you have stated.

  2. Bob /

    I have the same setup, but I used the hb-45 hood recommended by Nikon. It’s a short hood, and actually doesn’t do much but protect the lens from impact because its so short (due to the wide angle of 18mm focal length).

    Try a UV filter. They do very well at not letting light in, and protect the lens. They also only make your images better, as they cut down on atmospheric haze.

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