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01-25-2007, 02:09 AM   #1
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Using Filters at * lenses

Hello All,

Are you using UV filters at * lenses and do you have a special brand.

And when there is a UV lens at the lens is there much degradation?

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01-25-2007, 02:40 AM   #2
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Itīs most for protection of lenses and donīt degrade the picture if you use a good one like B&W;s best or Hoya pro1.
01-25-2007, 03:03 AM   #3
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yeah I second that.

B&W or Hoya pro 1 definitely work quite well. I use them to protect the front element.

I do use Tiffen Neutral density filters to saturate colour with long exposure. It works well too.
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i find that hoya's HMC line of filters are great and substantially less expensive than their pro line. i've been using these folks forever and highly recommend them
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01-27-2007, 01:21 AM   #5
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UV lens

Something I read a long time ago has stuck with me
"better the cost of a UV filter than the cost of a lens!."
I have always added UV filter to my lens for protection sake.
A very wise investment and its only a short while and you forget that it is there. Does not detract at all from the end result. I advise adding Uv filters to you lens.
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Sorry I cut myself short:
I have always stayed with Hoya and found them of very good quality.
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Currently using Hoya Pro Digital UVs as they are the very narrow ones that (usually) don't show up when used on wide or ultra-wide lenses. People say they're a waste. All I can say is that twice in the last few years, slips on wet rocks that caused me to fall with camera in hand resulted in 2 lost UV filters and NO lost lenses! In both cases, the cost was under $40 per filter vs. at least $600 per lens! You do THAT math!
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agreed...

QuoteOriginally posted by macdaddy Quote
Currently using Hoya Pro Digital UVs as they are the very narrow ones that (usually) don't show up when used on wide or ultra-wide lenses. People say they're a waste. All I can say is that twice in the last few years, slips on wet rocks that caused me to fall with camera in hand resulted in 2 lost UV filters and NO lost lenses! In both cases, the cost was under $40 per filter vs. at least $600 per lens! You do THAT math!
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All of my lenses have something - my learning experience years ago was coming down Whiteface mountain in NY state - slipped and fell...

nice crunching sound of glass...

Lens was fine...

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I've had too many lenses scream "freedom or death!" and jump out of my hands to their demise. All my lenses have a filter on them.

If you own a * lens, you do not want to tempt Fate.
02-06-2007, 08:34 PM   #10
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Argh.

I have two lenses with, two without. Makes no difference. Someone asked "who ever busted a filter, or had a lens get dinged without one?" (I paraphrase). Answer ...exactly 1 person, and it was at a muddy rally race when some particle got flung into it.

I post this link to the ultimate filter yes/no thread.

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I don't have filters on most of my lenses, but I use them on the best of the best since they greatly help protect the front element, whether you're aware of it or not. Sometimes, it's good to just let the filter block small dust that would otherwise have to be blown away regularly...

Just my $0.02

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using filters at * lenses

I've used a bunch of different brands, but Heliopans are my favorites followed by B+W. Both have Multi-coated versions if you want the best (and are willing to spend for it - I get by with the standard versions). I know that Pentax makes their own SMC filters - never tried one though so I can't comment on the build quality.
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