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Old Sep 21, 2010, 6:41 PM   #11
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Here is one real example of the type of filter flare I have seen. My filter was a mid range single coating Hoya. http://www.flickr.com/photos/monza76/4537151163/
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 5:58 AM   #12
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Just a good lense hood here.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 7:20 AM   #13
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I use a good quality, clear, protective filter. My feeling being that I would rather clean the filter than the lens.

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Old Sep 22, 2010, 8:20 PM   #14
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Just popped on for a second and saw this topic. Interesting, as I'd been debating whether to take my UV filters off. But, some time in the past few months I've managed to put a crack along the edge of one of my filters and I haven't even taken that many photos. Not sure how I did it. I'm usually very careful. So, for the time being, they are staying on. And, I need to go buy another filter.

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Old Sep 23, 2010, 5:29 AM   #15
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I recently put one on my Tamron 90mm after a frustrating time trying to clean the front element. It's so far recessed into the lens (why not just make the lens shorter? there can't be that much in the tube in front of the element surely?) that I slapped a UV filter on it. Not noticed any problems with image quality yet.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 6:02 AM   #16
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I currently use the UV filters to keep all those finger prints off my lens from all the kids in our gang. Its amazing how many finger prints I get on those UV filters. <grin>
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 8:59 AM   #17
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I don't use...can't use a filter on my Pentax 10-17mm Fisheye, but as mentioned before I do use B + W filters...either UV or clear on the rest of my lenses.

I've taken pix with both filters on and filters off. I can't tell the difference....but I think that is because I use top quality filter glass...the B+W.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 12:14 PM   #18
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I have used UV filters and will use them in future, when the need arises. A boat trip, young kids, bad weather, travel, etc will bring out the filters but anything where the lighting will be dim with very high contrast ratios from relatively small light sources will see the filters put away.

A word on hoods. I use SW metal hoods I get from an Ebay source for a very reasonable price but if you are planning to buy take this advice. Since the APS-C is a smaller than 135 sensor you can use deeper hoods. On my 28-70mm I use a hood for a normal (about 40mm ) lens with no vignetting (after all 28mm has the same fov as 42mm on film). My 50mm f1.4 has a very deep hood designed for telephoto lenses (70mm+). These deeper hoods offer better protection from both flare and damage. Even if you use UV filters a hood is a good investment. My lenses sit in the bag with no lens caps, just the end caps, and I have little fear of accidental smudges.

If you use older M, A, F, or FA lenses I would heartily recommend good metal lens hoods, as I said, even if you use UV filters.

Here is that picture of my kit again to show the hoods:
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 1:38 PM   #19
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That's a great tip Ira !

I'd never have thought of that. My Tak 300 has a wonderful pull out metal hood - but all the others are plastic.
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could you tell me if you use it as protection why don't you just use lens cap with capkeeper? Is there any difference?
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