On Saturday I took my favorite fun shooting setup (E-P2, Pen F 40w VF-2) to a military surplus store to try and find a lighter and less obviously camera bag-y case than my Lowepro. Along the way, I tried my hand at street photography, and tested my ability to focus blind using only the distance meter on the lens. The results were surprisingly good; street photography is quite fun, and I could get used to this. One question I have is regarding lens hoods. Using one takes away quite a bit of the stealthiness of my kit. If I just make sure to stop down a fair amount when I shoot, does that make the hood redundant, or is it still a major boon even when stopped down? I'll try to answer this myself the next time I go out snapping, but any input is welcome.