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03-03-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Which Filter for 50-135?

Got a DA* 50-135, now I want the best filter for my money to protect it.

What do you use? How does it affect IQ?

03-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #2
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Got a DA* 50-135, now I want the best filter for my money to protect it.

What do you use? How does it affect IQ?
The hood, the cap, and air. No it doesn't affect IQ.

03-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #3
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No filter is the best filter, just use the hood, it is long enough to protect the front element.
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If you mean a filter for protection, this comes up all the time.

Some people won't use filter because you are introducing another element which could degrade quality but others like to keep one for protection even if it is more psychological. I am not a professional photographer and rarely print my photos, so a UV filter is something I tend to use.

If you want to use a filter for protection, here is a review:

UV filters test - Introduction - Lenstip.com

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My 50-135 always goes commando.
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My 50-135 always goes commando.
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03-03-2011, 07:15 PM   #7
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I never use a filter on my 50-135 (or any other lens).

The hood on the 50-135 is pretty deep and should provide quite a bit of protection.
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No filters here.

This is a current thread...

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/134270-filter-quality.html

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I use a Marumi DHG Super filter for my DA*50-135mm. I find its coating is very close to Pentax's SP coating - same dark green sheen, very repellent to oil/dust/finger print, and very little flare. It doesn't seem to affect AF accuracy.

It's got slim ring with front thread (so that you can use lens cap). I'm put it on my DA* all the time.
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The DA* 50-135mm can exhibit a little flare when shooting night scenes in my experience, which is probably due to the number of lens elements it has. Putting on a filter, even from a high grade brand, won't make things better but if it gives you peace of mind, then buy that filter. Besides, Pentax's SP coating is pretty robust, so I don't see the point for another piece of glass to protect it when the deep hood does a good job.

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