Lens Hood Woes

 

Which situations warrant the use of a lenshood? Also, which lenses require the use of a hood?
Harish R Khandelwal, Dombivali

This article was originally published in November 2014.

A lens hood helps reduce fl are and ghosting, and protects the lens from impact.

A lens hood helps reduce fl are and ghosting, and protects the lens from impact.

A hood is used to keep stray light out of your lens to reduce lens flare and ghosting. Therefore, they are ideal while shooting against the light, whether you are shooting outdoors or even indoors. Lens hoods serve another purpose as well—that of protecting the front lens element from damage.

There are two types of lens hoods—the most common is a flower-shaped one, usually used with zoom lenses. The other one is a round-type hood. While buying a lens hood, just ensure that it does not create any vignetting while shooting at the wide end of the zoom. Also, remember to remove the hood while using the camera’s onboard f ash as the lens hood has a tendency of creating a shadow in the frame.

If you do not have a lens hood, or if you are using a compact camera, you can use your hand or a piece of cardboard to shield the lens from any incoming light.

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