Poll: do you use protection?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by ksmattfish, Dec 28, 2006.

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Do you use a filter for lens protection?

  1. Most or all of the time

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    31.6%
  2. Rarely or none of the time

    13 vote(s)
    68.4%
  1. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    A bit of advice beginning photogs often hear is to get UV or skylight filters to protect their lenses. When I started out creating this pile of gear I call a camera collection I always purchased a UV filter with the lens. At some point my photo mentors convinced me that maybe keeping it on all the time wasn't such a great idea, and besides it was getting too expensive to make sure every lens/camera had one, so I stopped buying them, and eventually stopped using them at all. Eight years later, and I have yet to damage a lens in a manner where the filter would have protected it (knock on wood).

    I don't think it's a right or wrong issue, just curious to see what people think.
     
  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    on those lenses which do not have a front glass for protection, i always use a B + W pro UV filter.

    I realised at least it does no harm ... when i experience flare problems or reflections in difficult light, i take the filter off.. but just to realise that it makes no difference.
     
  3. Lol999

    Lol999 TPF Noob!

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    I use them all the time, especially on my 28mm "street lens" that gets bumped and barged when I'm in crowds. I also leave the dedicated metal lenshood on for extra protection.

    Cheers, Lol
     
  4. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    forgot to mention, I also use the lens hood on usually ... and when ready for shooting I might walk around for hours with no lens-cap on. so I feel safer with lens hood and UV filter ;)

    I often get some dirt on my UV filter and I am much more relaxed when cleanign the filter than when cleaning my front lens ;)
     
  5. dewey

    dewey TPF Noob!

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    I only use filters to get an effect... makes no sense to me to put $80 worth of glass on the front of a $1500 lens. I'd not be happy with the filter breaking and scrathing the lens either. Just my .02.
     
  6. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That would be a catastrophy, that is for sure ;)

    But filters are just so convenient when branches full of leaves, sand and whatever get in contact with your lens ;)
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't think I even own a UV filter.

    I certainly don't want to spend an extra $30-$80 for each lens. If I'm outside, I probably have a hood and/or a polarizer filter on...so I would have taken off a UV filter anyway.

    I can foresee some situations, like Lol999 mentioned, that I would prefer to have some extra protection...but it would be rather uncommon for me.

    I read an article somewhere...that explained just how hard & scratch resistant lenses are these days. Most of the time...you would have a hard time actually damaging the lens. A lot of people get what they thing are scratches...but they are actually just marks that can be cleaned off with a bit of elbow grease.

    I did drop a camera onto the front once, it fell out of a truck when I opened the door. It has a polarizer on the front and the filter was wrecked. Did it save the lens? I can't say.
     
  8. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    The only time I use a UV filter is if I'm at the beach and the sand is blowing. It's very easy to scratch the lens. Other than that, it's just a pain, and too expensive for every lens. , not to mention when I want to use a polarizer, or a graduated neutral density filter, it's just in the way and I waste valuable time.
     
  9. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sorry, I no longer comment on the subject of filters.
     
  10. CMan

    CMan TPF Noob!

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    Most of my shooting goes on outdoors, so I usually have a polarizer on the camera.

    If I'm shooting anything indoors, it doesn't matter because it's unlikely I'm going to be doing anything that would damage the lens.

    So, I voted yes because the polarizer could count for that.
     

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