Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/10/02

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From: "Hoyen ~simontart~" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 00:01:56 PDT

A couple of things here--- the cutout on the new ASPH is angled in such 
a way, and the front lens elements sits just deep enough, that strong 
light sources overhead can cause flare in the way described.

The other thing is that I have personally never noticed any difference 
in shots using a square or circular hood.  As the hood causes no 
vignetting, and is the interior is lined with felt or some other 
reflection-preventing material, it's good enough for me.  The problem I 
have with the 35/1.4 ASPH hood, as stated, was the cutout in the corner 
and the unacceptable (IMO) blockage of the viewfinder.

I do agree on the point about using a hood at all times, but I think 
whether you are using one or not makes a heck of a bigger difference 
than what shape it is.

My 0.02 cents!

>My 35 f1.4 is the old aspherical not the latest ASPHbut no way I look
>can mine possibly allow light through the hood's viewfinder aperture
>in such a way as to impinge on the lens, so could not possibly allow
>flare. How could the new one be different? I have always liked Leica
>WA hoods because they make them the correct shape and properly
>baffled to avoid any possibility of reflection. They are the only
>company who make and supply a properly designed hood, all other
>manufacturers produce circular hoods, which simply can not be
>optimum, or a cutaway corner circular hood which is better but really
>only cheaper to make than a proper one. Most makers also charge
>extra for their hoods. One of the main reason for the quality of
>Leica images is their rejection of stray light IMO. The first thing
>I learned as a teenager starting in photography was NEVER use a lens
>without a hood. I still do not.
>As an aside one of the few shortcomings of the Contax G2, which I
>bought as a p&s for flash and end up only using for about 2 films per
>year, is that the 21mm can not be used with a hood atall because it
>would block off the "rangefinder" windows. Sadly therefore the lens
>most likely to need shading does not even have one available!

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