Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2209 times:
Yes, I always use a skylight 1A or 1B to protect the lens behind it. I also tend to use a hood even when my back is to the sun, as it further protects the end of the lens from knocks and the felt lined ones also attract dust away from the glass.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
I used to use a Lens hood, but it ripped so I had to trash it.
It is definetly good when you shoot indoors to help kill the reflections.
Also you can also consider buying a UV filter just to protect the lens from scratches and excess dust. SOme photographers dont prefer this UV filter such as myself. Costs about 40 bucks for a piece of thin glass.. Poo Poo.
Lets see how your magical F65 can do ya for tomorrow.
You better get some nice telephoto shots for me to see!
The Red Baron From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 90 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
Skylight 1A and 1B and UV(0) filters have no noticeable impact on the quality or colour of your photos - they are really nothing more than bit of protective glass.
I always use filters just to protect the lens - they are a small price to pay. If your lens gets scratched its expensive to replace - a filter is a cheap alternative!!!
As for lens hoods I personally don't use them finding them cumbersome to carry around for little benefit - especially the one on the Canon 100-400 which is the size of a plant-pot !!!