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adinis

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adinis Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jun 2012
Fri 29-Jun-12 03:42 PM

Hello all, i have a Nikon D3000 with the 18-55mm vr kit lens as well as a 55-300mm vr. I have the standard conical hoods on both lenses but i am looking, if possible, to replace them with the flower or petal type hoods. I believe they look a lot better and more professional, even if i am not . I have seen a lot of videos online, from reviews to tutorials about photography, and the one thing they all seem to have in common is that all the lenses have the flower type hoods. Any recommendations if they are available for my lenses and where can i find them. Thank you in advance.

briantilley

Paignton, UK
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#1. "RE: Flowe type hoods" | In response to Reply # 0

briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Fri 29-Jun-12 05:06 PM

Welcome to Nikonians, Antonio

You're right that many "professional" lenses come with a flower- or petal-shaped lens hood. Such hood work better to shade unwanted light because the camera image is rectangular, not round. The hoods have deeper "petals" at the top and bottom, medium at the sides and shallowest in the corners.

However, the front of both of your lenses rotates when you focus - that means that the hood would rotate too, and would therefore be misaligned, causing black shadows along the edghes and in the corners of the image

Pro lenses tend to have non-rotating front parts, hence they don't have this problem.

Brian
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mklass

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#2. "RE: Flowe type hoods" | In response to Reply # 1

mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Fri 29-Jun-12 05:23 PM | edited Fri 29-Jun-12 05:28 PM by mklass

Antonio,

As Brian points out, the hoods are designed for the lenses that you have. There is a reason that they are the shape they are: They do the best job keeping unwanted light from ruining your shot. If you look at petal shaped hoods, they are very different from one another based on the characteristics of the lens they are mounted on.

Use the hoods that came with your lenses and concentrate on getting the best image possible. That will make you a professional sooner that the look of your equipment.

The only time you may want to use a different hood is when shooting at an aquarium or zoo when you want to use a rubber hood pressed against the glass to minimize reflections and stray light.

Mick
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adinis

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#3. "RE: Flowe type hoods" | In response to Reply # 1

adinis Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jun 2012
Fri 29-Jun-12 05:23 PM

>Welcome to Nikonians, Antonio
>
>You're right that many "professional" lenses come
>with a flower- or petal-shaped lens hood. Such hood work
>better to shade unwanted light because the camera image is
>rectangular, not round. The hoods have deeper
>"petals" at the top and bottom, medium at the sides
>and shallowest in the corners.
>
>However, the front of both of your lenses rotates when you
>focus - that means that the hood would rotate too, and would
>therefore be misaligned, causing black shadows along the
>edghes and in the corners of the image
>
>Pro lenses tend to have non-rotating front parts, hence they
>don't have this problem.

Thank you for the reply, i so guess i am stuck with the stock hoods. Oh well, i thought i would give it a try.

adinis

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#4. "RE: Flowe type hoods" | In response to Reply # 2

adinis Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jun 2012
Fri 29-Jun-12 05:25 PM

>Antonia,
>
>As Brian points out, the hoods are designed for the lenses
>that you have. There is a reason that they are the shape they
>are: They doo the best job keeping unwanted light from ruining
>your shot. If you look at petal shaped hoods, they are very
>differnt from one another based on the characteristics of the
>lens they are mounted on.
>
>Use the hoods that came with your lenses and concentrate on
>getting the best image possible. That will make you a
>professional sooner that the look of your equipment.
>
>The only time you may want to use a different hood is when
>shooting at an aquarium or zoo when you want to use a rubber
>hood pressed against the glass to minimize reflections and
>stray light.
>
>Mick
>http://www.mickklassphoto.com
>or
>Visit
>my nikonians gallery>

Thank you for the info.

Skyco

Roanoke Island, US
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#5. "RE: Flowe type hoods" | In response to Reply # 3

Skyco Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Mar 2012
Mon 02-Jul-12 03:04 AM | edited Mon 02-Jul-12 03:07 AM by Skyco

>>Welcome to Nikonians, Antonio
>>
>>You're right that many "professional" lenses
>come
>>with a flower- or petal-shaped lens hood. Such hood work
>>better to shade unwanted light because the camera image
>is
>>rectangular, not round. The hoods have deeper
>>"petals" at the top and bottom, medium at the
>sides
>>and shallowest in the corners.
>>
>>However, the front of both of your lenses rotates when
>you
>>focus - that means that the hood would rotate too, and
>would
>>therefore be misaligned, causing black shadows along the
>>edghes and in the corners of the image
>>
>>Pro lenses tend to have non-rotating front parts, hence
>they
>>don't have this problem.
>
>Thank you for the reply, i so guess i am stuck with the stock
>hoods. Oh well, i thought i would give it a try.

Welcome to Nikonians Antonio,

I have a pedal lens hood for the Nikon 18 - 55 wide angle zoom lens It is a screw in model so you can adjust the side blades if they get in the way. I notice that the focus rotation of the front lens isn't much but if it gets in the way you can rotate the side blades.

I will happily trade you even for your non pro looking lens hood.

I hope you enjoy your Nikons. You have very good equipment.

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adinis

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#6. "RE: Flowe type hoods" | In response to Reply # 5

adinis Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jun 2012
Mon 02-Jul-12 06:08 PM

would you mind letting me know where you got it? i would like to take a look at it. thanks

G