Lens shade and Filters

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Hey folks,

I know as a rule of thumb a lens hood should always be used when shooting outdoors. That said, what should you do when using filters? I am considering purchasing a Lee hood but they are expensive and I am not sure if it is worth it.

I am sure many of you cope without this setup, so what do you do to shade your lens when using filters? How important is it to shade your lens?

Thanks,

Dave
 
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Opinion varies on this, but I keep a UV filter on all of my lenses unless I use a CP or other filter. I also use the supplied hood. This is only an issue when using a CP or other variable effect filter.

I took 101 shots at my grandson's end of school swim partyy, and used a CP on my Tamron 28-75. I left the hood off early on so I could adjust the filter easier, but I soon realized that the setting didn't need to be changed, so I attached the hood. Even with the hood attached, I could reach in with a finger to tweak the setting if needed.
 
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Let me be a little more specific.

The type of filters that I am using are 4x6 Graduated ND's or 4x4 ND's. They attach on via an adapter. So mounting the manufacturers lens shade in this case is unfortunately not an option.
 
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Since a large, externally mounted filter will catch lots of stray light, it will increase the amount of non-image light in your picture. You know, flare, reflections, blobs... So if you want to reduce these a properly fit hood is the answer. Only you can say what that is worth to your style of photo. I find it fun to play with flare sometimes.
 

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