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Phenix205

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Flex Lens Shade
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:16:38 PM »
I upgraded my polarizer and ND filters to 82mm when I purchased the 24-70 II two years ago, expecting to use them on a 24 TS-E or Zeiss 21. Now that I have the fantastic 16-35 4L IS for landscape, I'm not sure if I will ever buy either of the two lenses. 82mm filters on the 16-35 IS are great because I can stack them without having any vignetting issue even at 16mm, but I can't use the lens hood any more.

I searched on line and found this: http://www.flexlensshade.com/. I was wondering if any one has used this and what your experience is. Any other suggestions are very welcome too.
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Flex Lens Shade
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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 07:07:41 PM »
Looks flimsy to me.  I have some rogue flash benders for my flashes (similar idea) and they are a pain to use. Why you would want this functionality in a hood is beyond me
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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 09:19:06 PM »
Looks flimsy to me.  I have some rogue flash benders for my flashes (similar idea) and they are a pain to use. Why you would want this functionality in a hood is beyond me

It does look flimsy. Never meant to be a protective tool of course. I do see the value of cutting off the flare.
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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2014, 10:51:57 PM »
how about something like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/82mm-Wide-Angle-Metal-Lens-Hood-Sun-Shade-Screw-in-Threads-Anti-Glare-Coating-/370879519592?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565a245b68

something like this will make your CPL easier to turn also...

This is likely but there are plenty of 82mm screw on hoods that could work... might take you a few different shades to find the perfect one,

The flex shade will probably manage to find its way into your uncropped shots..
« Last Edit: July 15, 2014, 10:54:37 PM by TeT »

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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 03:55:19 AM »
Looks flimsy to me.  I have some rogue flash benders for my flashes (similar idea) and they are a pain to use. Why you would want this functionality in a hood is beyond me

It does look flimsy. Never meant to be a protective tool of course. I do see the value of cutting off the flare.

Lens hoods two functions are shading your front element/filter to prevent flare and protection.  The flexi-shade would do a good job of the former, but not do much if anything for protection.  Lens hoods for wide angle and UWA lenses are so shallow they don't do much to shade the lens anyway, so protection is the main advantage.  If your primary concern is shade, the flex-shade looks like a good option.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2014, 03:59:34 AM by bholliman »
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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 04:05:13 AM »
how about something like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/82mm-Wide-Angle-Metal-Lens-Hood-Sun-Shade-Screw-in-Threads-Anti-Glare-Coating-/370879519592?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565a245b68

something like this will make your CPL easier to turn also...

This is likely but there are plenty of 82mm screw on hoods that could work... might take you a few different shades to find the perfect one,

The flex shade will probably manage to find its way into your uncropped shots..

Not sure that I like the idea of a hood that screws into the filter threads.  Canons hoods attach to the outside of the lens which I would think is better for protecting and minimizing lens damage if dropped. 

However, if these hoods would make it easier to rotate a CPL they might be worth a try.

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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2014, 11:29:07 AM »
Wide angle compendium lens shade might be an answer, but these are expensive. Lee makes one. You might skip the lens shade and just flag out the flare with your hand, a hat, etc.

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2014, 11:29:07 AM »

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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2014, 11:44:44 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=77735.0
Do not screw in a Lee wide angle adapter ring into a polarizer, especially a "thin" polarizer - the ring will be stuck on the polarizer, per several discussions, not just the above thread.

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Re: Flex Lens Shade
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2014, 11:44:44 AM »