Lens Hood? Do We Need It?

Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-5.6 Ultrawide Angle USM Lens with the EW-83E Lens Hood Attached .

Lens hoods were created primarily to block unwanted light in order to prevent glare and lens flare. But nowadays, lens hoods also serve as lens protector when attached in the shooting position. Most of us including me are sometimes hesitant to take along our lens hoods because it’s bulky and takes too much space in the bag. But I’ve come to appreciate the value of my lens hoods, not only for preventing lens flare, but as lens protection. I cannot count the times it has save my lens from bumps and bruises.

Here are some of the benefits of using a lens hood:

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC with original lens hood attached

  • Helps reduce lens flare
  • Great for Lens Protection better than a UV Protection Filter
  • Stops anything from hitting the front element of the lens
  • Offers great all around protection that ranges from a simple finger prints, scratches, and or broken lens.

So do we need a lens hood? I would say yes. If you have one for your lens make it a point to always use it not in reverse, but in the shooting position. If you don’t have a lens hood, it’s time to get one for each of your lenses. Oh and by the way, third party lens hoods are perfectly fine. I use third party hoods for most of my lenses except my Canon L Lenses which  comes with a lens hood. Third party lens hoods cost less and work as well as the original lens hoods. You can get third party lens hoods from TheLensHood.Com.

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