50mm f/1.8 filter?

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  1. nateMN

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    From the threads I've already read, it seems filters are a bit of a personal preference. That said, I have a CirPl on my kit lens, but nothing on my 50mm.

    For all you prime lens owners, what do you use (or don't)?


     
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    Usually nothing but, when I'm in a risky environment, I use a clear glass lens protector and, when circumstances warrant, I use a polarizer. I always use a lens hood with all of my lenses.

    My primes are 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8.
     
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    yeah, I'm hesitant of getting a polarizer because of adding stop(s) on such a fast lens.
    thanks for the idea of clear glass. even though it's an inexpensive lens, I feel better cleaning a filter vs the actual glass.
     
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    Personal preference? That sounds silly.

    You just use whatever filter is necessary for the task.
     
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    I rarely need a polarizer indoors. Outdoors, I don't often worry as much about the speed of the glass as I do the depth of field. I use my Cir Pol often on my 50mm 1.8.
     
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    More often than not, whatever filter is "necessary" IS a matter of personal preference.
     
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    I don't think that I've ever used a polarizer indoors. Outdoors, I use it only when I want the effects that it produces. Otherwise, I'm merely adding glass surfaces with no benefit.
     
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    I keep a UV filter on every lens just for protection. It is cheaper to replace a filter that fix a scratched lens. I also have a C-PL filter for most. They come on and off as needed.

    Craig
     
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    I use it to help cut reflections off glass of museum cases or zoo cages .... that's about the only time I use it indoors.
     
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    If the main lens is properly cared for and never gets scratched in the first place, there is no need for the expense of 'protection' filters.

    C-PL filters are a necessary part of a basic photography kit and can pay big dividends when used outdoors. You won't use a C-PL for every outdoor shot, but you would want to for many of them.
     

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