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Old Apr 17, 2005, 8:29 PM   #1
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I just bit the bullet and ordered a Canon 20D and a few lenses and accessories. What I would really like to know is how many of you use UV filters for lense protection?? I ordered a Sigma 150mm macro and a Canon 100-400mm zoom. Do you birders and nature photographers use uv filters as protection or do you use your big lenses bare and naked?? thanx in advance!!!

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Old Apr 18, 2005, 4:39 PM   #2
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the better grades of 'long'glass (minolta 'g', canon 'l') such as the minolta 70-200 f/2.8 apo 'g' come with a clear glass front filter OPTICALLY DESIGNED IN SO THAT WHEN YOU USE A POLARIZER (or other filter) THE LENS REMAINS OPTICALLY THE SAME!

any aftermarket add-on will degrade (in theory) image quality due to the additional "lens element"

it is an individual cost/benefit decision

beach use = plastic bag w/ uv filter

clouds = polarizer

indoors = no filter

general purpose snapshots = uv filter

portraits and serious work = naked lens

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