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    Question Lens hoods / shades for LF?

    What do folks use for hoods on LF field/view cameras?

    Given the wide range of lens attachment sizes and angle of view, it would seem difficult to find suitable shading devices.

    I'm thinking of using a compendium lens hood. But the ones I've seen attach to the camera body and might interfere with operation of the shutter controls. I'd be worried that a threaded adapter to hang the hood from the front of the lens would stress the lens itself and its support structure.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Lens hoods / shades for LF?

    I have used a flare buster with good results http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Kit_Extra.html

    they come in different versions. Basically a flexible gooseneck with a clip at one end and either a clip or hot shoe attachment at the other.
    I have not had much use for the round shades, but the rectangular one is light and small enough to fit in the small crevices in my bag but large enough to be useful.
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    Hi Bob,

    That looks good. Much lighter than the compendium hoods.

    And more comfortable than using my hat.

    Thanks much.

    - Leigh

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    Re: Lens hoods / shades for LF?

    When I had my old Century #2, I used my black focusing cloth. It's square, something like 1m20x1m20, and I just put it on the camera, attached under in front of the monoball head with a spring clip, and advance the cloth ahead the front of the camera enough to keep the lens in the shadow just before shooting.

    Now I have an Arca Swiss with the compendium, it has a hinge to pull it up and let adjust the lens, then you put it back down, adjust it according to lens movements and shoot.

    I still use the focusing cloth for lenses too big for the compendium such as my Aero Ektar 305.

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    Re: Lens hoods / shades for LF?

    Most compendium hoods that attach on to the camera body have hinges allowing them to be moved out of the way for adjusting the lens controls. They can also be tilted/swung to ensure proper positioning. Flare can come from different angles, not just the top - sand and light colored floors are just two examples. If space doesn't permit carrying a compendium, use at least something like the Sinar lens shades with the adjustable flaps. Hoods that fit onto the lens usually aren't suitable for LF cameras, since they will vignette if any significant movements are applied.

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    Re: Lens hoods / shades for LF?

    I use a rubber shade attached to a Kodak filter holder and step up rings for each lens diameter. If the shade is getting in the way, I just roll it back.

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