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Old 04-26-2008, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you use UV or protective filters or not?
I've been told that it is a bad idea and wondered if any of you guys use them or not?

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Re: UV Filters or Not?
Old 04-26-2008, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I go back and forth. I am currently not using one, but if I were going to be shooting around water, sand or other similar situation, I would lean towards putting it back on.

Just my 2˘.

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Old 04-26-2008, 02:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I looked at the front of my lens the other day and saw all the crap on the filter, I was very happy it was there.
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Re: UV Filters or Not?
Old 04-26-2008, 04:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have never used one. I've spent quite a bit of time shooting on the coast, at ski resorts, rock climbing, as well as the dusty environment one finds at motocross events. I keep a lens hood on and have never had a problem with any of my lenses.

Only Filter you will ever find in my bag will be a CP or GND. I can't justify putting a $20 piece of glass in front of a $500 - $1500 lens. If your going to get a UV filter, spend the cash to get a good multicoated filter form B+W or Helipan.

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Old 04-26-2008, 09:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's cheap insurance.

If your house is paid for, you still carry a homeowner's policy.

Same thing... you may never need it, but if you do, you'll be glad it was there.

As for optical problems, well, I sure haven't seen too many complaints in all the books and magazines I've read over the past 20 years. You'd think if it was a problem, somebody would have been complaining...
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Re: UV Filters or Not?
Old 04-27-2008, 12:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I either use a UV filter or an A2 warming filter, but for the same reasons as posted before, cheap insurance basiclly, a good idea to have around.

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Re: UV Filters or Not?
Old 04-27-2008, 01:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I dropped my 100-400 Image Stablization lens and I was very glad I had a UV filter on it. The filter was smashed, but the lens was fine! All my lenses now have the UV filter on them!

Now we are up to .12 cents!

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Re: UV Filters or Not?
Old 04-27-2008, 03:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Canon suggests that if you choose to use a filter, use a skylight rather than a UV as it causes some underexposure. I am running tests this weekend and should have a confirmation on this for my camera.
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Old 04-27-2008, 09:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, but make sure that you get the right item. First and foremost, buy the best quality available.

Second, don't make the error that many unschooled camera store sales clerks perpetuate, that UV (or UV/Haze) is just a clear chunk of glass. It's not, it's a color correction filter and you need to pick the right one.

Personally, I prefer a Skylight 1A, and here's why.

Next time you're in a camera store, ask the salesclerk to pull out one of each, then place both filters on a white piece of paper. You will see that the UV has a slightly yellowish cast whereas the Skylight has a slightly pinkish or magenta cast.

The UV's yellowish cast is designed to combat the bluish tinge you get when you shoot on an overcast day. On a hazy day UV light is scattered throughout the sky and makes things look slightly blah-blue. This is why doctors say that you'll get a worse sunburn on slightly overcast days than you will in bright sunlight. It's because the UV light is highly scattered and clouds up the sky with blueness.

The Skylight is designed to overcome a different kind of blue. It's pink cast corrects the blueness in skin tones when people are photographed in open shade. It's a skin tone warming filter.

In these digital days we don't worry about it so much since we're all doing our own color correction in the computer. But back in the day when we had to make transparencies for publication this was a big deal. because color correction cost us money.

So, it's cheap protection, and I can attest to the hundreds of damaged lenses I've seen to make me think it's worthwhile. Even if you're diligently protecting the glass, a dropped lens often dings the accessory ring making it impossible to screw in any other filter or accessory. The metal that particular part of the lens is made from is not particularly malleable, and about a fourth of the times the tech tries to unbend that threaded lip of the lens it will break off.

That's when you'll sure wish you had taken the time to put a filter on your expensive lens.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The reason I was asking is i have just bought a canon 85mm MKII 1.2 & a 16-35MKII
and the 77 & 82mm B+W UV filters are not cheap, but i suppose if i'm going to spend that kind of money on the lenses i shouldn't worry about another two hundred

right?

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