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04-18-2021, 02:49 PM - 1 Like   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by LuK5 Quote
I always use a UV or protector filter in front of all my lenses except the D FA100 Macro. Also I sometimes use ND and circular polarizer. I am really surprised that the vast majority of responses was against the use of filters, as I would have expected the opposite. I have never done it to protect the lens from major injury e.g. an accidental fall, but for the sea salt, oil, dirt, dust ... which all seem to love the front lens so much! It takes too much effort and stress to clean the front element with the fear of scratching it. I rather prefer to have a filter which I can clean more easily (e.g. those with nano-coating) with less fear of damaging. But yes it is advisable to use good stuff and it is expensive... so you end up spending more than buying an extra lens for sure.
But I love Pentax because it is so rugged and well sealed I can leave in on a beach .. just on the sand of use it on a boat running in the middle of the sea. I don't want to stop enjoying that freedom because I fear for my front element.
I think if you have a decent lens and for whatever reason you want to put a protective filter on, at least get a decent one. If you have a really good lens that you want an always filter for, spend real money on the filter.

The main objection to an always filter is that they can take a good lens and turn it into a mediocre one. In which case why waste your money on the good lens?

I think they are a waste of money, and I have seen them degrade a lens. My A*600/5.6 came with a 122mm clear filter. It did terrible things to the optical quality.

The only filters I use regularly now are ND & polarizers. When I was shooting film I used other filters, but if I can emulate a filter during processing, I will go that route.

If you use a lens hood, you are getting good physical protection of the lens and helping it give flare free photos.

Dust isn't really a big deal, it can be blown ir brushed off, and unless one is really klutzy, fingerprints should be pretty rare. I get the occasional dog nose print on lenses, they wipe off easily enough, and represent about the only time I clean an optic.

04-18-2021, 03:06 PM - 1 Like   #47
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Personally I don't run any filters on lenses as I standard - it's been a point debated both ways over years, but I feel they're not needed or can be more detrimental than beneficial.
However, I do use a polariser or neutral density filter for their effects sometimes.
Totally, agree.. polarisers and ND are the only filters I use, who needs the extra glass, in the old days it was common practise to have some kind of neutral filter that was sacrificed in case of an accident.
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No, I don't. I know what some people say about protecting your lens and so. But if you take well care of your equipment you won't need filters for that purpose. And IMHO, anything you put in front of your lens will diminish the quality of your picture, no matter how good your filter is.
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No, I don't. I know what some people say about protecting your lens and so. But if you take well care of your equipment you won't need filters for that purpose. And IMHO, anything you put in front of your lens will diminish the quality of your picture, no matter how good your filter is.
Thank you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DRAGONART Quote
Totally, agree.. polarisers and ND are the only filters I use, who needs the extra glass, in the old days it was common practise to have some kind of neutral filter that was sacrificed in case of an accident.
Thank you.

---------- Post added 05-03-21 at 10:42 AM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
I think if you have a decent lens and for whatever reason you want to put a protective filter on, at least get a decent one. If you have a really good lens that you want an always filter for, spend real money on the filter.

The main objection to an always filter is that they can take a good lens and turn it into a mediocre one. In which case why waste your money on the good lens?

I think they are a waste of money, and I have seen them degrade a lens. My A*600/5.6 came with a 122mm clear filter. It did terrible things to the optical quality.

The only filters I use regularly now are ND & polarizers. When I was shooting film I used other filters, but if I can emulate a filter during processing, I will go that route.

If you use a lens hood, you are getting good physical protection of the lens and helping it give flare free photos.

Dust isn't really a big deal, it can be blown ir brushed off, and unless one is really klutzy, fingerprints should be pretty rare. I get the occasional dog nose print on lenses, they wipe off easily enough, and represent about the only time I clean an optic.
Thank you.

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I have always used one for protection, and can recall exactly one instance that it saved the lens from damage.
Thatís in a lot of years.


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