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Old Oct 24, 2006, 12:48 PM   #1
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Since my Sigma 24-135mm lense is now working with DL... I thought it would be a good idea to protect it. Can anyone recommend a good clear /UV filter.

I've never had an slr before so never needed a filter, which would most people prefer a clear or UV?

I'm looking to keep it on almost all the time, this lense is really the one used most of the time for me.

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Old Oct 24, 2006, 2:01 PM   #2
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I contemplated for a while and give up. The reason is simple: a good quality 77mm filter costs more than the lens itself.
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Old Oct 24, 2006, 2:05 PM   #3
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I always use a UV filter, because I'd rather scratch that than my lens.

Mine are cheap, maybe not as good quality as the more expensive ones, but I've never had a situation where it hindered the image.

The B+W ones are pretty decent.

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Old Oct 24, 2006, 2:09 PM   #4
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A B&W filter that size is about $100 US.

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Old Oct 24, 2006, 2:14 PM   #5
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This is a topic of much debate. Optically, there's zero reason to put any filter on a DSLR lens (and reason not to - a "clear" filter can only hurt, not help, image quality.)

I think that most lenses (at least the front glass) lead a relatively pampered life and are really not in that much danger of being scrathed or broken most of the time. Ultimately it's a personal decision but optically, there's no need.

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Buy most of my filters @www.keh.com. They sell used and new-S&H is a little steep but if you buy a few items it's not as painful. Their used filters are normally great quality. They have a Sunpak (new) 77mm Skylight 1A for about $30.00
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Old Oct 24, 2006, 2:21 PM   #7
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I'm really looking to get the filter to protect the front lens. Is it worth buying a Tiffen or Hoya filter ? I see the Hoya Digital Pro clear for around $40 on EBay. I really don't want to reduce picture quality at all, so I'm wondering if I should just try and be more careful and if need bedrop another $150 for a replacemnt lens.


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Old Oct 24, 2006, 3:57 PM   #8
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As said by Damfino. This is a Much debated Subject. However I choice not to use the 1A /UV Filter and instead just make Sure that I have the lense hood on at all times.
Recently at a local state, while shooting some falls. I Slipped on the rocks and down Went I and camera. Because the lense hood was On, It broke not the lense.

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Old Oct 24, 2006, 5:24 PM   #9
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I just picked up a 62mm Hoya Circular polarizing filter for my Sigma 18-125mm at a camera market. It cost $20 and is quite interesting for taking shots in the sunshine. By rotating the filter you are able to manipulate the polarizing affect which rendered the sky in a really nice deep blue colour.


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My Tiffen to fit the 24-135mm Sigma cost about a dollar per mm of diameter. It cost me about $80 (more than I paid for the lens before shipping). My wife got it for me so I didn't know it would cost so much until it was too late. Needless to say it now stays on the lens or I would be in trouble.

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