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01-22-2009, 07:02 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by redpigeons Quote
I am sure you've been talking about it before I just could not find it anywhere.

So what are you guys using to protect an expensive lens?

Or to be more specific what's the best protection I can use for the 31mm without losing the quality that coast me so much?

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My guess would be that people on this board who use their equipment professionally would not use filters just for protection, because they can add equipment loss into their operating budget. It's a different matter, if you have trouble justifying an expensive hobby. BTW, the usual UV filters won't eliminate haze on a digital sensor. In fact, any glass filters out some UV light--actually, there have been lenses specifically designed to let through more UV light (Asahi Pentax Ultra Achromatic Takumar 85mm).

Ultraviolet photography - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Polarizing filters will probably have more luck filtering out haze caused by mist:

Les Jones: New Polarizing Filter + The World's Friendliest Muskrat

I recently purchased one cheap "clear" filter for my most expensive lens, which I can wipe off with my scarf or tissue paper while it's snowing or misty outdoors, but I haven't done any IQ comparisons. If you're only worried about dropping your equipment, perhaps a lens hood would suffice.

01-22-2009, 03:23 PM   #17
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For me, my lenses run around naked, with just hoods to protect their modesty.
01-22-2009, 07:09 PM   #18
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$40/year insures all my gear against accidental damage via a Personal Articles policy. It's cheaper than putting a decent quality filter on all my lenses (assuming I keep buying lenses at a rate of around 2 a year), and definitely does not degrade IQ. So I don't worry about damaging my lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
$40/year insures all my gear against accidental damage via a Personal Articles policy. It's cheaper than putting a decent quality filter on all my lenses (assuming I keep buying lenses at a rate of around 2 a year), and definitely does not degrade IQ. So I don't worry about damaging my lenses.
Translation: I don't use filters.

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