Kit Lens Hood

Kit Lens Hood
NEED HELP WITH NIKKOR LENSES?

hey, I have a NIKON D60, and I have the kit lense ( 18 -55 mm )
Im kinda new to the photography, equipment thing.. but I want to buy a better lense, one that has more zoom because to me 18 – 55 mm is not enough :/ so I was talking to ..this photographer and he told me the 55-200mm was a good choice here: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-55-200mm-f4-5-6G-Nikkor-Black/dp/B0009HN57Y its only 160 $
would u say this is a good lense? I think it is but I need opinions

also! I want to know.. what does the LENSE HOOD works for?
and so the UV protection filters? what to they do.
thanks 🙂
and if you have any suggestion for (Really) macro adapters. that would be great 🙂 thx 😀

My wife has the 55-200 VR lens and, for what it is, it’s decent. As said above, the “VR” is a valuable feature.

I’ve started buying plane glass filters for my lenses instead of UV filters. Here’s my stock answer on that:

Many people use a UV filter simply to protect the front element of their lens from damage. “UV filters absorb ultraviolet rays which often make outdoor photos hazy or indistinct.” (from: http://www.thkphoto.com/products/hoya/gf-01.html )

We get this question often enough that I decided to upload a sample to Flickr showing the same subject taken with and without a UV filter. Download the image, cut a small section out of the top half and drag it to the same section in the bottom half and see what you think. The photos were taken about 15 seconds apart in subdued sunlight, so I think the lighting was virtually identical for each. There was no post-processing at all so you can make a fair comparison. I will not comment any further and let you decide for yourself if there is any color shift.

UV Filter Test

The picture was taken with a Nikon D200 at ISO 100 with the Nikon 18-200 VR lens @ 112 mm at f/5.3.

Here’s a comparison that I did by accident. Read the comments and you’ll understand:

Skylight vs. UV Filters

Buy a name brand like Hoya or Tiffen. Don’t get cheap junk to put on the front of your fine lens. Personally, I am now switching over to plain high quality optical glass “filters” from Nikon for lens protection, even though they cost more than a good UV filter.

Here’s my answer about a lens hood:

A lens hood will shade the lens from light hitting it and causing glare and flare on the lens that would show up in the final image. Flare is usually a circle of light that “just hangs there” somewhere in the image. Some people call these things “orbs” and say that they are caused by ghosts, so maybe you have seen this before. Glare is just a general wash out of the image that robs it of color and detail. You might compare this to the way sun glare makes it hard to see through a car’s front windshield.

I have posted an example on Flickr to show what flare and glare are. In the top image, you will see that there is very little color or detail and there are a couple of “ghostly” looking artifacts that are visible between the sun and the corner of the picture. In the bottom image, I useed a lens hood and tried to aim the camera in the same direction. There is still some evidence of flare over the left end of the main building, but some of the color and detail is better in this shot. If I had turned to the right enough, the lens hood would have eliminated much of the glare and flare and there would have been a lot more color and detail in the image.

Lens Hood Demo

I can’t suggest any good macro adapters, because it is my opinion that there are none. Okay, they sort of work if you are not going to be very critical about image quality or distortion, but they are not even close to a decent macro lens. Having said that, if you want to play aronud with macro, go ahead and buy any brand you can find for not too much money. I doubt any one is better than another. Just spend $30-50 on a “macro filter” or a little more on a set of 3 screw-on “lenses” and have fun.

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