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UV 2624.07%
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12-16-2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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Do you use a protective filter on your lenses?

Do you use a protective filter on your lenses?
UV, Protective or No.

Just wondering what other people do.

12-16-2015, 09:22 AM   #2
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I use a UV filter as ballistic protection, so technically the answer is both. Well, usually a UV. If someone ships a secondhand lens with a skylight filter screwed on, I'm not exactly in a hurry to change it. It must have worked for them (or whoever last used the lens).
12-16-2015, 09:34 AM   #3
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No protective filters. I keep the hood on at all times, with a lens hood hat:

OP/TECH USA Hood Hat
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with a lens hood hat
Must get boring photos, all black

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I use a UV filter as ballistic protection, so technically the answer is both.
I meant do you use a UV filter for protection or a Protective filter for protection.
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Generally a UV filter if I'm buying one for a new lens. If it comes with a nondescript "protective" filter, I won't change it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Must get boring photos, all black
Just posted how I protect my lenses. Haven't seen any of your photos!
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if anything polarizing or nd for certain effects.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
I use a UV filter as ballistic protection, so technically the answer is both. Well, usually a UV. If someone ships a secondhand lens with a skylight filter screwed on, I'm not exactly in a hurry to change it. It must have worked for them (or whoever last used the lens).
Like pathdoc I use a UV filter on all my lenses for protection. This a relic from my film days when a UV filter was normally recommended to prevent an excess of UV light hitting the film, with added advantage that it also acted as a protector. Today I think I would seriously consider a clear filter instead, but I need to investigate that idea more fully. The new clear glass ceramic filters from Sigma seem very interesting. I wonder what they will cost.
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The new clear glass ceramic filters from Sigma seem very interesting.
Except they don't come in 49mm.
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Haven't seen any of your photos!
I'll get to posting some one day, mine aren't forum worthy yet
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In normal use, no - no filters. I only use a UV or other clear filter in dusty/windy conditions, or as a lens cap if I don't have a proper one.
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With the high quality filters - I'm using B+W or Kenko Zeta - I really have not been able to tell any difference at all, and I'm a little picky ! Maybe, there might have been a flare situation that I wouldn't have had without a filter, but with a hood and hands etc to shield the lens, flare is rare anyway. I've no idea whether cheap filters cause problems - I suspect they might.

What they offer me is protection from the elements and the occasional finger print which I just prefer to clean up on a filter than an expensive lens. I always use them ...

Also, for resale the lens is then pristine, which is bonus too.
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I always use a polarizer or UV. And from time to time I clean finger prints off them, that would have been on my lens. When I'm focussed on shooting I can get really sloppy about lens care.

My Sigma 8-16 that has to be cared for, seriously crimps my style.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
I meant do you use a UV filter for protection or a Protective filter for protection.
For FSLRs I use a UV filter and for DSLRs I use the new hardened glass protective filters (in addition to a lens hood).

When I want and need the best IQ, I remove the filter and am extra cautious. If I'm shooting a non-WR lens, I will also use a filter as an extra barrier from the elements.

When I was a pro and insured for accidents, I usually did not use a filter....and yes, I had more accidents than I'd like to admit. Now that I'm no longer a full time pro, I almost always keep a filter on as I cannot justify the cost of
either insurance, the deductible, or replacing my lenses.

Not to digress from your post, but I wonder if anyone has found favor in brass, aluminum, or plastic constructed filters? I'm thinking in terms of easier removal upon damaging impacts.
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I always keep a UV filter on the front of every lens. I've shot various lenses with and without the filter and have never been able to see a difference in quality from the photos.

In my view, it just makes sense to protect the front element of a lens. Recently, I had the camera around my neck and bumped into a branch. The UV filter cracked but the front element survived. Also, when cleaning gunk off the filter, should I scratch the filter, it's a cheap replacement. If I should scratch the lens - oops - not so cheap.
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