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Hi I am doing a club shoot over the wk end and wondered if I needed to use the lens hood on my camera? I have never used one befors so im a little unsure? The event will be in a dark room but with lots of moving lights bouncing around...I will also , at times use the external flash though not all the time i hope as i want some of the ambiance of the night...Any suggestions ? thanks Nick
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Always use the lens hood - its keeps out stray light and has a protective function for the lens. Lens Hoods are cheaper than a new lens..........!
PS: Welcome to EPZ.
Cheers Colin thanks..Its just i also heard they can interfere with the flash when using that? Is this the case?
Agree with Colin 100%.
As for interfering with the flash..??? I don't see how!
And a further PS - Welcome to EPZ!!
the lens hood only gets in the way if you're using the camera's pop up built in flash as it can mask off some of the flash coverage area, resulting in an arc shaped shadow at the bottom centre of your photo.
Oh ok thanks Pete.. Im gonna take my external flash so i guess it should be ok..Its a new camera and new lens so I guess I need to get used to the hood...Thanks Nick
It will have far more value in helping physically protect the front of the lens should some merry person push you towards a wall/pillar etc....
Quote: It will have far more value in helping physically protect the front of the lens should some merry person push you towards a wall/pillar etc....
Also, depending on venue/artist - spit/sweat/beer/tins/glasses/missiles/bodies/knickers falling down on you
Blimey Pete, Knickers, what sort of clubs do you hang about in
Well! As much as im not ruling out any of thoes things being present, I am hoping to avoid them! There may be a lot of people but its more of an arty event so im hoping it will be low on the SWEAT SPIT ETC haha... But thanks for the heads up Pete I will keep a close look out! Nick
Quote: Cheers Colin thanks..Its just i also heard they can interfere with the flash when using that? Is this the case?
OK, yes sometimes a lens hood can interfere with the flash that is inbuilt into the camera. The reason for this is that if its a large lens hood it could impinge on the flash area and therefore cause a shadow. If you use external flash guns they tend to be well out reach of the hood so will not give you any problems. Colin
PS: Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooops --- Sorry Pete did not spot that you had already answered the Q.
Quote: Blimey Pete, Knickers, what sort of clubs do you hang about in
And there was me thinking he was going to his local Camera Club!!
Sigh, how naive.
Makes you wonder what they really get up to at EPZ towers.
I'll now shock you all , I never use one ,I see no reason if you have a super clean lens . In fact that's the only use for it in my opinion, stopping anyone touching the lens by accident.
I understand what you're saying - I don't always use a lens hood, because I'm a lazy boyo!
Correct me if I'm wrong, I read somewhere that using a lens hood could also improve image quality? It makes sense to me.
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