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Old Feb 1, 2005, 11:11 PM   #1
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I do all kinds of photography, outside, inside, low light (mostly) ...

which filter should I use for my Olympus 8080 so that I never have to take it off? UV, polariser, etc?
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Old Feb 2, 2005, 1:42 AM   #2
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UV yes, polarizer no.
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There are different schools of thought on the question of lens protection. Digital cameras that have only one lens should have some protection. dSLRs where you can change lenses are not as vulnerable (even though you would not want to lose a lens in anay case)

Some people advocate the use of a filter (like the UV) which should not impact on the operation of the lens. (The polarizer will lose you at least a stop in lens speed and is NOT a good choice to leave on all the time).

Other people feel that putting ANYTHING in front of the lens will increase the chances of flare and unwanted reflections and so they suggest using a lens hood which will guard against lens flare and also provide a shield for the lens.
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Old Feb 2, 2005, 11:36 AM   #4
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to add to that answer. make sure it is a high quality multicoated UV filter like a Hoya HMC, SMC, or a B+W MirC. buy it quality once you won't have to buy again. this will reduce/eliminate the chance for flare and other anomolies that people have blamed a poor image on. yes using a LOW cost bargain filter can induce issues due to quality.
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I kept a mild skylight filter on my 35mm SLRs. That filter actually did a little something for the image and also protected the lens. But I also had a lens hood attached to that so the glass on the very front wasn't picking up direct sunlight.

With digitals I'm in the lens hood only school. Another piece of glass out front isn't a good optical feature no matter how it is coated if you consider the cameras have the right UV filtering built in and the filter is only acting as a piece of glass. A lens hood will protect the lens and give you much nicer pictures.


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thanx a lot guys !!!

I do have a hood and that is what I am going to do for the time being. I almost bought a cheap UV filter yesterday .... it is good that I had enough sence to post a question here.




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The lens hood will do for the majority of situations. But, don't forget that there are times when a filter on the front of the lens can be the best answer. At the beach where there may be blowing sand, a filter will keep the lens from being scratched by flying grit while the hood (alone) might not. (Blowing snow, hail, can be a hazard too)


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Meryl Arbing wrote:
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The lens hood will do for the majority of situations. But, don't forget that there are times when a filter on the front of the lens can be the best answer. At the beach where there may be blowing sand, a filter will keep the lens from being scratched by flying grit while the hood (alone) might not. (Blowing snow, hail, can be a hazard too)

This is exactly why i also have a HMC UV filter on the front of my lens as it is pointless risking the glass of your lens to accidental damage. Common sense may save your lens one day
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