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88Clipper

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your take on protecting lenses with filters
« on: Apr 06, 14, 14:12 »
i'm on the fence about putting filters permanently on my lenses or not. i've read the obvious benefit is to protect the front element from dust/scratches but that the front elements are strong enough to handle cleaning on a regular basis. obviously UV filters aren't a necessity in 99% of shooting with a dslr and they can create some nasty ghosting. i have yet to read anything showing hard data that quality filters will effect IQ.

so, whats your take on filters? use in extreme weather conditions and otherwise just use lens hoods? or use filters since day 1 of purchase?

Grasshopper

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #1 on: Apr 06, 14, 16:30 »
You only have to drop a lens once to realize how useful they can be.

RyanAnthony

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #2 on: Apr 06, 14, 16:44 »
you wont notice the difference in quality.
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88Clipper

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #3 on: Apr 06, 14, 17:02 »
You only have to drop a lens once to realize how useful they can be.

Please explain as I have yet to find any evidence to how the filter will help when dropping your lens?

Grasshopper

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #4 on: Apr 06, 14, 17:17 »
Myself, I had my camera tripod mounted in our living room and my son accidently tipped it over and my lens took a dive onto the first Hotwheels car it could find. UV filter shattered. 24-70 f2.8L USM lens intact and functional. And although I don't recall the specifics, I know a wedding photographer who found her gear bag 'misplaced on the hardwood floor'' during a shoot and opened it to find a buried lens with a cracked UV filter.

88Clipper

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #5 on: Apr 06, 14, 17:41 »
Myself, I had my camera tripod mounted in our living room and my son accidently tipped it over and my lens took a dive onto the first Hotwheels car it could find. UV filter shattered. 24-70 f2.8L USM lens intact and functional. And although I don't recall the specifics, I know a wedding photographer who found her gear bag 'misplaced on the hardwood floor'' during a shoot and opened it to find a buried lens with a cracked UV filter.

Ok fair enough but how will the filter save your front element over using a lens cap or a hood? I mean if I drop my 85L I think the weight of it alone will break a lot more than my filter, right? Just playing devils advocate here.
« Last Edit: Apr 06, 14, 17:47 by 88Clipper »

Grasshopper

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #6 on: Apr 06, 14, 18:04 »
In a perfect world a hood/cap should do just fine protecting your lens given that they are on your lens at the time of the mishap. With my luck they would not be.

syncroboy

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #7 on: Apr 06, 14, 19:41 »
I only use filters for effects (ND, gradients etc.), but in other cases I typically don't use a UV filter unless I'm shooting in a harsh environment - (dusty, particles, water spray etc.)
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88Clipper

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #8 on: Apr 06, 14, 19:54 »
In a perfect world a hood/cap should do just fine protecting your lens given that they are on your lens at the time of the mishap. With my luck they would not be.

lol. i wouldn't call it bad luck but just having kids. i dont have kids but i've got young nieces and i know how easily things can be broken.

I only use filters for effects (ND, gradients etc.), but in other cases I typically don't use a UV filter unless I'm shooting in a harsh environment - (dusty, particles, water spray etc.)


typically how i use my ND/UV's too. i'm really just curious if it will effect IQ having a b+w multi coated UV permanently on the front of my 50L and 85L. they will be used primarily in low light conditions so i dont want massive ghosting in every image... but if it effects IQ that much i'll just be extra careful with my investment.

qwertyJr

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #9 on: Apr 06, 14, 22:14 »
Im with syncroboy on this one, i only use filters for special reasons; however, i know matt has had some personal experience with a filter saving his lens
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syncroboy

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Re: your take on protecting lenses with filters
« Reply #10 on: Apr 07, 14, 18:20 »
The only way to really find out if it affects IQ in your application is to take two shots - one with filter and one without.  Then go pixel hunting.
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