Help with filter selection for Tokina 11-16 f2.8

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  1. sheltiefan

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    So......I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on the Tokina 11-16 ultra-wide lens.

    I'm thinking it would be best to get a slim filter to protect it and avoid vignetting due to the wide angle.

    I'll have to save my pennies for a circular polarizer as a second filter, but I'm thinking of getting a B+W Slim UV to start with for all-around shooting.

    Any suggestions/comments/advice?

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    Why would you need a filter? Its too wide for CPLs, UV has no use.
     
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    My primary concern is to protect the lens. Is there a different filter I should be looking into?
     
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    anybody?
     
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    I would skip the UV filter and use the hood. Get a circular polarizer if you want to.
     
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    i would get a UV filter to protect the lens. Its much easier to replace a scratched filter than a lens...why take the chance.
     
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    i dont use a filter on mine, only thing i use is a large square ND filter.
     
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    There are a lot of arguments both ways for getting a protective filter. You don't need "UV" because the camera has that protection at the sensor. If you get one, get clear, and make sure it's multi-coated which will help reduce flare. If strong light sources are in the frame facing your lens, even then you may get issues, so take it off.

    I have heard the filter does more damage than good if it breaks in pieces, and you can scratch the front element trying to take off the broken filter. You could be caerfuil to avoid that though, and it still may have saved you from a front element. But, front elements are probably stronger than a filter. Others say that usually that's rare and that a filter has saved them from an expensive lens repair, but who knows if they had a lens hood on which would have prevented it anyway. ?????

    I have them, but ony use them on the beach or something, I would rather clean sand off filter than the lens element, but would still take if off I got flare.

    My protection is to use hoods all the time, and (as you can maybe tell) have mixed feelings about a clear prtective filter. If you do get one, don't get the cheapest you can find, get a good quality multi-coated one. By then, for the 77mm size of the Tokina, you have to consider if the cost of a good filter is worth the protection. ($60+ for a good multi-coat clear).
     
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    If you go with a protective filter I would go with a clear filter vs a UV. As for the CirPol you are going to get uneven performance on a lenes as wide as the 11-16 / 10-20. Just the inherant nature of how it blocks the light waves. The lens is so wide say for example you adjust the filter so the center frame has the full effect. As you go towards the outside corners the effect will lessen enough to be different than the center. I have read that the area of full coverage is about 28mm (in 35mm terms). Now this doesn't mean you can't use it. And it may create an effect you like.

    As for any filter on the 11-16 or Sigma 10-20. Any filter will need to be the thin type or you will get vingnetting in the corners.
     
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    Excellent! Thank you all for your help!

    Cheers!

    ~sheltiefan
     
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    Forgot to mention that I own a Tokina 11-16 in Nikon flavor. :thumbup:
     

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