Let me see if I understand this correctly...

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sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
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Let me see if I understand this correctly...

I am sorry I ask so many questions. I am sitting here at work today with nothing to do, and I am getting curious about some things. Biggrin

When I bought my camera, it came with a lens hood. I have never used it, b/c I didn't really understand why I need it.

Is it used to help keep glare and other light coming in? I have a glare on a few of my pics, (flickr is not working at the moment) and I am wondering it the lens hood would have helped.

Also, do you keep a lens filter on your lens to protect it? I have been lately, and I am wondering if it's okay. I got it from Best Buy. It's a UV filter, and I haven't seen a difference in the pics, which I guess is okay b/c I have been using it all the time.

AmberBella's picture
Joined: 02/15/07
Posts: 1831

UV filter really does nothing but protect the lens..and you should absolutely use one!

Lens hood helps prevent glare....take it off if you want glare and haze when shooting outdoors. I use one sometimes and take it off if I want haze or a sunflare in my photo.

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
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Ok, good. I am glad I was doing the right thing with the UV filter. Biggrin

See, with some of my sunflares, I get a flare at the top of the lens. I think it was a bit dirty, so that may have been the reason.

So, are you saying that you always use your lens hood outdoors, unless you want a flare?

Also, how do you clean the lens? I am scared to touch it. :confused:

Joined: 08/22/06
Posts: 621

good question! I was wondering about the UV filter. The camera I'm borrowing now does not have one...or a lens cap to protect when stored! So good to know once I eventually get a camera! Smile

fudd8963's picture
Joined: 12/27/07
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My old film SLR I lost the lense cap too, so I used the UV filter as my lens cap! I should probably get it out and put it on my new camera. Thanks for making me think of it!

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Joined: 10/25/05
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if you go to wal-mart or some photo store you should be able to find lens cleaning kits. Ever since buying my lenses I have put on the filters first thing so I only get to clean the filters. I bought some lens wipes (from the area where glasses are sold) and that worked. I also bought a cleaning kit with some spray stuff and a cloth. Smile

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Joined: 10/20/01
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I use my hood when I'm out shooting in direct sun. I never use it inside or on overcast days. I just got my filter for my Tamron, and haven't taken it off since it arrived in the mail 2 weeks ago. Wink