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Old Mar 8, 2007, 11:08 PM   #1
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Hi all,



I really love this lens and want to protect it. I have been reading that some people put a filter over the front by screwing in a filter ring and then putting a filter on that ring, or a hood and I am wondering if this is a good idea. Has anyone tried it and what kind of results are they getting? IS this a recommend thing, or is it best to leave it as it is?



Thanks for any input on this....
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Old Mar 8, 2007, 11:26 PM   #2
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I posted an answer to you on your question about a lens hood on the Add On Lens forum. I have done it and it works fine for me. Below is my previous reply:

A 77mm filter just screws right into the end of the lens. I didn't have to file down the threads or glue it in - nice tight fit. I bought a cheap 77mm filter and removed the glass and screwed it in. Now I can add a UV filter - mainly to protect that big piece of glass from scratches - and a collapsable rubber hood.

The original T-CON plastic lens cover stills fits nicely over the filter ring and UV filter when the lens hood is removed

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Old Mar 8, 2007, 11:51 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. I wrote it in this news group only to see if the other people with Kodak cameras tried it and how well it worked with their cameras and if the filter might have any kind of negative effect on the lens. I am getting great photos now, and do not want to mess that up in any way.

Now, for the dumb question, how do you remove the glass from the filter? Would a 77mm to 82 mm step ring work as well?



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Old Mar 9, 2007, 12:21 AM   #4
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There is a spring wire clip that holds the filter glass in place. A small jewelers screw driver can be used to catch one end of the clip and get it out. Yes, a 77mm to 82mm stepup ring could be used, but the plastic lens cover won't fit. I have not noticed any deterioration of picture quality with the UV filter on the lens. I mainly wanted something to protect that big hunk of relatively expensive glass from getting scratched. But even so, a good HOYA 77mm multi-coated UV filter cost me about $45 as I remember.

Added On - the reason I went with the filter ring plus the UV filter was for the possible chance of wanting to use a polarizing filter (without the UV filter) in the future - if I could afford one that big. I know some on this group put the polarizer between the T-CON and the adapter tube, but I find that risky. I wonder about that rotating joint in the polarizer. That T-CON is pretty hefty.

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Old Mar 10, 2007, 10:46 AM   #5
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After three years with a TCON-17 lens in my Kit I've had no problems with the polorizer becoming loose or worn. Also with minimum care and keeping your fingers clear of the front lens there should be no problems with that lens. Protection is a good thing but adding something that it was not designed to have attached can cause more problems than it solves. Just be careful! LOL

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