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Boyz ?n?n the Hoodz


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Boyz ‘n’n the Hoodz

18 Aug 2011 8:36AM   Views : 8646 Unique : 330

Spening a holiday in Cornwall, and deprived by the photographic fates of my digital camera, I’m beck as I was 20 years ago, with a Tenba bag full of Contaxes on my shoulder. And being a little more selective in my shooting than is sometimes the case: what I shoot, I have to develop…

I’m therefore spending a little more time watching other photographers (or, maybe, “people with cameras” is the better term) than I usually do.

I think that it is wonderful that so many people enjoy our hobby, however modestly. The proliferation of cameras that will do stuff that used to challenge the competent is marvellous. And that everyone can review, appreciate, and share their results at once is fantastic.

It’s also a good thing that so many lenses now come with a hood as part of the deal. A lens hood is the simplest way to improve quality – and to protect the lens. Swing it into a wall by accident, and the hood takes the shock, usually dropping off, in my experience of modern plastic petal hoods.

But (there has to be a but. And it’s an enormous, Homer Simpson-style, donut and Duff Beer-fed one). But why, why, WHY do so many people think it’s cool to put the hood in the storage position, where it’s protecting the lens barrel, not the front element? And they take pictures like that…

Hs no-one told them what the hood is for? Have they not found just how much flare a modern zoom is still capable of?

I think it may be the “semi-pro” syndrome. They realise that having a lesnhood is something that indicates more experienced shooters. It’s a bit like owning a thundering great 4x4 vehicle – it’s actually a fashion statement. (My own view is that all 4x4 owners should have to do serious, muddy, bumper-bending offroading at least every month. That’d sort out the posers in vast BMW tanks… And it would keep the car dealers happy, sorting out the body damage. Now, I really respect a 25-year old Land Rover with a winch, a snorkel, and mud all over the roof…)

The lenshood sin is often compounded by having the cheap UV filter the shop sold them on there…

For most people, a reversed baseball cap is not a sign of ultimate cool. When are we all going to realise that a reversed lenshood is, similarly, an indication of dorkdom?

Rant over. I go to pick up my ancient RTS, complete with a fleet of attendant lenses, all with permanently-attached hoods, of course.


JackAllTog Plus
13 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 1:49PM
LOL - a reversed hood sounds like a medical complaint.

Yep the hood also help keep the rain of the front element.

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