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Old Sep 21, 2010, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone here still use UV filters as protection?

This is an endless debate so I am just curious. How many use UV filters and how many do not. I'll go first, having seen really ugly filter flare when shooting in low light with my FA 50mm f1.4, I have invested in metal lens hoods to protect all of my lenses except the DA 10-17mm fisheye which cannot take a filter or a hood. All of the filters are in the bag just in case I find myself in a situation where I feel I need them.
Yes I probably have to clean the front element more often, and Scott Kelby, who is far more knowledgeable than myself does recommend UV filters in his books. My own experience however has shown that they are not suitable for my style of photography, indoor with available light being my favourite.

Even my notorious Fuji S7000 has a lens adapter tube to protect the moving mechanism and a Cokin filter holder with lens hood for extra insurance.

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Old Sep 21, 2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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No UV or skylight.

Just as protection when not using the lenses.
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 12:14 AM   #3
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I do. Not to protect the front lens from bumping into something. But to protect it from my dirty t-shirt when cleaning the lens. After ten years time it makes a difference!

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Have stopped using them a few years back. I was getting tired or removing them, then adding a cpl and visa versa. I still have mixed feelings but so far so good.
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 10:26 AM   #5
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I use UV or clear filters as protection for my lenses. I always leave them on. I use the best filters I can get, as I don't want to put a cheap piece of glass in front of an expensive lens.

I use nothing but B + W filters, made in Germany.
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 10:48 AM   #6
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stopped about 4 years ago. I use lens hoods on most of my lenses and haven't had any problems. Of course I also don't obsess about dust specs on the lens element which don't affect picture quality. I think there's more risk in scratching a lens by over-cleaning than anything else. To my mind, there's not much going to get past a hood and still damage a lens and the hood helps prevent flare, where a filter can cause it. I would agree with one of the other posters though - if you're going to use them, get the best you can afford - the optical "chain" is only as strong as the weakest link.
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 11:41 AM   #7
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Personally I prefer condoms as UV filters tend to leak.





Oops ..... was that a little too risque for this forum, apologies to anyone who is offended
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Always have...perhaps always will. I have not seen any negative impact to image quality by virtue of images being accepted in the Pentax Photo Gallery, airliners.net and the ultimate in photo judging: several blue ribbons at the Boone County (KY) fair in 2009 and 2010!

I use it purely for protection; I also found that when selling a lens, buyers find it a plus to know that the lens has been behind a UV filter. FYI, I use HOYA HMC filters which are among the better of what's available and reasonably priced.

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Well, this is one of those things that is a matter of personal preference. You can come up with pros and cons for which ever you decide on. My own choice is not to use them unless I feel there is a particular hazardous situation that calls for it.
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Only use them on off-trail hikes. Had one on my Tamron 18-250 last winter while crawling under a Rhododendron thicket - a branch hit the filter (despite having a hood on it) and cracked the filter. New filter much cheaper than new lens!
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