Lenshoods And The Zombie Apocalypse - with JJC
I have been instructed to mention a product each time I post an item in an effort to interest you in purchasing it. I have also noted that zombies, apocalyptic or otherwise are very popular in the media. Hence the title. Come in and buy a zombie.
Believe me - around 5:15 each day we can supply them from the staff....
On the other hand, the reason I included the major camera makers and the JJC people in the labels for this post is that they really all are related to each other and to you in a good way. Think Nikon, Canon, Sgma, and Tamron lenses and you in strong sunlight and see what I mean.
Point that camera toward the sunny side of the world and look at what happens to the image in your viewfinder. Snap a shot and peer into the LCD to see what you got. Big white patches of big white flare and glare. Multi-coloured spots and streaks. Overall flat images.
Now clip a lenshood onto the lens and do the same. No streaks, no spots. Contrast back in the image. Art and joy reign supreme.
Well, it is not quite that simple - you can still get flare into your lenses if you try, and if you are shooting in a studio with a multi-light setup, you can get it from several directions. You can smoosh up your image with fingerprints on the front of the lens - different problem. You can have light bounce back onto your lens when you are shooting flash onto bright objects on a dark background and end up with a kaleidoscope of dots on the image - this is the effect of dust on the front of a wide-angle lens. These are all problems that you have to squash one at a time.
Remember I said all those manufacturers had a relationship - well the JJC people have a unique one with the Nikon people and the Canon people ( and the Fuji people as well...) - they quietly stalk them and copy the manufacturers designs for lenshoods. You can get perfectly functional fair copies of proprietary equipment for bargain prices - as these are plastic hoods they do just the same job. If you do not have one for your lens, or have lost your, or have broken it - get a JJC now and beat the sunshine this summer.