rtl
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Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:58 am

I've read the posts already on the forum and just wanted a little more advice.
I use a Hoya Pro1 digital UV filter on my lenses mainly for protection. Just bought a new lens so need either to buy the same again or see if anyone has further thoughts on the subject.

[Edited 2008-09-03 03:16:01]
 
rtl
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RE: Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:27 am

should have added, I'm looking at the UV or protector filters and wanted any advice on which way is best to go...
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RE: Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:36 am

There are typically two schools of thought on the topic of using a filter as you're suggesting:

1) Put a £50 filter on the front of your expensive lens to protect it. If you bash it, you've only lost £50.

2) If you've spent a lot of money on an expensive lens, why reduce the optical quality by putting a £50 piece of glass on the front of it?

Personally, I'm tending more towards 2). In my experience, the bigger lenses tend to have sufficient protection with a lens hood anyway. Also, in some 30 years of photography, I've never yet managed to scratch or damage a lens (he says, frantically searching for a piece of wood to touch!) Maybe I'm just lucky, but I suspect I'm in the majority.

My only advice would be, if you are going to put a filter on, buy the absolute best you can (your choice looks to be a good one).
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RE: Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:22 pm

It doesn't matter how much you pay for a UV filter, if it breaks, it is likely to scratch the coating on your lens.
 
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RE: Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:27 pm

Filters are like bicycle helmets: Pricy, ineffective, and unneccessary.
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rtl
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RE: Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:20 pm

OK so looks like the "No filter" photographers are the majority. How much quality degradation is there on a good lens (7-200f2.8 & 100-400mm) with a good (hoya) filter fitted ?
Hate to say but I use a bike helmet !!
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RE: Filters..again

Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:13 pm

The loss of sharpness will be noticeable - I noticed a great improvement on the 80-400 when I removed the filter.

I used to use a bike helmet. The latest research tends to show, that, for adults, they don't provide much benefit in an accident. The research also shows that motorists tend to be less considerate of cyclists with helmets than those without.
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