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Joan E. Herwig
 

lens hoods & polarizer


I struggle w/ using a lens hood (I actally hate them :) because they make it almost impossible to use a circular polarizer at the same time. I know that when I don't use a lens hood sometimes my images are not as sharp or they don't "pop" because there is a bit of a hazy veil there caused by stray light. Do you always use a lens hood & if so what type? The stiff scalloped type or the rubber flexible, the dedicated screw on type? What are your suggestions?
Thanks,
Joan


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6/20/2007 5:03:04 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Joan,

Are you kidding?

USING a lens hood makes it (easier) to rotate the polarizing element!
I use a rubber screw on hood.
They require a little manual dextarity to screw them onto the polarizer, but it IS quite do-able.

Rotate the lens hood!


Pete


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6/20/2007 6:57:29 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  I see that Joan shoots with Nikon and most of the Nikon top of the line lenses use a bayonet type hood mount. When I was in Moab back in April, I just took my hood off and used my hand to sheild the lens where ever possible.

Ray


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6/20/2007 7:45:00 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Ray,

I think you missed my point or how we should attach the hood to our camera when using a polarizer..Nikon or not.

Screw in the polarizer 1st..Then screw in the hood TO the polarizer thread..The hood threads tighter than the rotating element of the polarizer...Try it Joan..It works just fine.

Pete


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6/20/2007 8:15:11 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Sorry Pete, maybe I'm confused. My Nikon 28-70 2.8 ED lens does not have a screw in lens hood. The lens hood attaches to the barrel of the lens using a bayonet type mount not to the filter outside filter threads. The same for my Nikon 12-24 4.0 ED lens and the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR lens.

Do you know of another way to mount these hoods? Thanks!

Ray


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6/21/2007 4:56:38 AM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Oh, forgot to mention that all three of those lenses use a tulip style hood.

Ray


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6/21/2007 5:08:07 AM

 
Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  Ray,

I think Pete is suggesting to replace the lens hood with the type that are screw mount.

One of my Sigma lenses came with a screw mount lens hood and I use on 2 of my Canon lenses.


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6/21/2007 7:53:06 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Indeed I am Suzanne.
The bayonette types are ok, but I personally never liked them.
With Joan's initial question, the screw in types will solve this small problem.

The other benefit by rotating the hood and not the polarizer; is you have little chance of smudging your fingerprints on it! LOL


Pete


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6/21/2007 10:54:29 AM

 
Joan E. Herwig   Thank you Pete, Ray, & Suzanne for clarifying this lesn issue & giving an option for trying the screw in type!
Joan


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6/21/2007 11:15:17 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Joan,
What are you using your polarizer for?
If it's only to minimize reflective glare you can change your position and shoot perpendicular to the sun and have similar results.
(You may not even need the lens hood from there either, as stray light will not as likely be a factor.)

Bob


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6/21/2007 4:33:28 PM

 
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