Interesting idea, though. So often when shooting toward the sun I find myself sticking my hand out in front of the camera to shade the lens, like this product would do. With an SLR you can see through the lens how contrast improves and flair disappears.
I use an 18-200 a lot, and that may be why I'm shading the lens with my hand so often. I don't think the hood is very effective, likely because it has to be wide enough to avoid being in the frame at 18mm, so it's not going to provide much shade at longer focal lengths.
Is this lens shade a gimmick, or a useful product?
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"Is this lens shade a gimmick, or a useful product?"
I would think whether this is really useful or not depends on: 1) How often a photographer finds him/herself in a position where they might want to shade the front of their lens; and 2) Whether this extends far enough to accommodate the lens in use. (I noticed that the sample lens in the ad is significantly shorter than an 18-200 when zoomed to 200.)
For my personal shooting, I use my hat to shade the front of the lens the few times per year when I think it may help, so I doubt that I will be purchasing such a product.
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Land O Lakes, US
Randy, Like Richard, I use a hat to shade my lenses from flare. Actually, the only lens that I have that seems very flair prone is my Sigma 8-16mm. Looking at the product I think it would work with my Sigma, however I'm not looking to place any more equipment/stuff in my backpack. I'd prefer to stay with my hat, save the space and use the $25+ for something I'd getuse more often and that would provide me better value.
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Powder Springs, US
Cinematographers and videographers have used such devices forever. They are called French flags. Yes they are usefull and I have thought about getting one. When shooting groups on fixed risers, I cannot move the camera and I use a notebook handheld.
While they work best when you can tinker with it while tripod mounted, I can see that working in a pinch.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member