Lugonza_2001 From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 315 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 5269 times:
Thank you for letting me watching your pictures! they are really nice, specially the 318 and the 340-600 ones! i would love to see the latter one, i believe Iberia will get some to be delivered next summer.
Which camera do you use? i am planing to get a Nikon F65.
Could you tell me the diameter of your lens UV filter?
I have a Soligor 60-300 f4.0 but results are quite bad i have to say, even using a Fuji Reala film, no good pictures at all.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5259 times:
I use an F80. Better use no UV filter on the lens, or if you do get a very good one.
I used to use cheap filters, they degrade your photos a lot (and I mean visual degradation on even a 10x15cm print!). As high quality filters are very expensive (expect to pay €50+ for a good quality one for the lens) and the lens is cheap, there is little point in using one (and if you're a bit carefull you don't need them as 'lensprotectors' either).
filter diameter is 67mm on it.
With cheaper lenses, the difference between individual copies can be quite big. Quality control uses wider margins with the minimum that's considered good enough being quite a bit lower than with the expensive stuff (that's one reason they can be cheap, the rejection rate on parts and assembled products is lower which reduces the production cost more than just cheaper materials would achieve).
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 11, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5234 times:
The only times you need to protect your lens is when you go out into conditions where there is a very real chance of damage to the lens (riots, sandstorm).
Given the price of this lens, I'd consider it a throwaway under such conditions. If it gets damaged, just buy another one. Were it a Nikkor 80-400 VR (€1700) I'd say get a B+W KR.1A for it at €75 or so, for a €300 lens such a filter is overkill if you want it only as protection.
At f/8 or up you can use the hood over the entire zoomrange, which protects against people bumping into you. A filter won't protect you from sand getting into the mechanism during a sandstorm, and it's unlikely you'll be using it in a riot where someone could throw a bucket of paint over it.
I have a filter on an expensive pro grade 28-70 lens, but that's mainly because the filter slightly warms the pictures as well and that lens is exceptionally cool (iow, I just like the effect of the filter). And for that one I did get an expensive filter of course, having seen the negative effects on picture clarity cheap filters produce (I now keep cheap filters only as emergency replacements for lenscaps in case I loose those).