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yes - I just bought 2 hoods for the lenses that didn't come with them

I removed the UV filters when I installed the hoods...putting on flame suit - NOW!
 
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I just started using them ALL THE TIME myself. Never did before. If not for flare DEFINITELY for protcetion.
 
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Always a hood, never a filter (other than PL). The only front lens element I have ever damaged happened when the lens w/filter dropped and filter shattered scratching glass. All my glass is "naked" with no damage occurring over the last 20+ years. I figure if I can keep my plastic lenses in my eye glasses, that I wear daily, scratch free I can manage to keep my camera lenses in the same conditon. ymmv, to each his own.
 
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Always, for protection and flare. No UV protectors here. I used them in film days, but don't want to compromise anymore. I also used the hood on my CP8800 more often than not. :)
 
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I use a lens hood essentially all of the time except with certain lenses built with the front element recessed in the barrel like certain Nikon Micro-Nikkors. There is no good reason that I can think of to take a chance on damaging the front of the lens.

Under certain conditions, where flash is used on close focus objects, it may not be possible to use a hood as the hood may block the light.

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Use a lens hood for all shots except when using flash...I NEVER use it then - flare or no flare. I'm trying to get light in, not keep it out. But then again, I do not do many flash pictures. Last week I took about 400 pictures, all indoors using flash w/o lens hood. All came out satisfactory. Almost made me wish I had sprung for an SB-600, which I still may buy.

YMMV
 
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I'd use it more if I or someone else would figure a way to use the CP with one. Somewhere that's one of the "why didn't I think of that" inventions in the making, although I thought I saw Tokina had something like that once.
 
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I'd use it more if I or someone else would figure a way to use the CP with one. Somewhere that's one of the "why didn't I think of that" inventions in the making, although I thought I saw Tokina had something like that once.
AFAIK the Tamron 180mm macro has a filter control ring to rotate your cp when the hood is attached. Pretty neat idea.

As to the original question: I always use a hood and have a dedicated one for each of my lenses, the 35-70 2,8 being the exception because i destroyed it's third party hood out of sheer stupidity lately. Time to get a new one, presumably.
 
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yes - I just bought 2 hoods for the lenses that didn't come with them

I removed the UV filters when I installed the hoods...putting on flame suit - NOW!
All hoods, all the time. When I swap lenses they go face down on the ground.

Hood = good......nothing to do with flare protection although I suspect it helps.

I am in your camp man.....None of my primes have filter protection (including my 85 f1.2).

However, all my zooms do as they are more the walk around lenses and more prone to dirt, dust & fingers :)
 

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