UV Filter on Pro Glass... Well, Do You?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by kundalini, Jul 1, 2008.

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I use a UV/Clear filter on my Pro Glass...

  1. Always

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  2. Never

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  3. More times than not

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  4. Under certain conditions, but usually not

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  5. Been waiting on a consensus, Cheers

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  6. Huh?

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  1. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This poll is leaning towards responses from experienced photographers in an effort to educate us less learned. However, all responses are valuable.

    I ask because with my first lens purchases, I put a UV filter on all of them. It was a habit carried over from film days of long ago. However, once I started buying quality glass for my dSLR and after reading some of the disadvantages of IQ, reflections, flare etc. I have not used them with the Gold Rings. I want to get the best possible image from what the manufacturer designed, especially when I drop 4 digits on the cost of the lens.

    99.5% of the time I have the hard plastic/metal lens hood attached/extended and if I move from my shooting spot, the lens cap goes on. So for protection in a normal environment, it is a non-issue to me. The only reason I can think of to use one is in harsh conditions such as dusty, sandy, wet or in a thicket to protect the front element. Okay, add hazy to the list, but I think PS is a more likely solution if needed.

    So, the question is:

    Once you started buying Pro glass *read Gold Ring and “L” as examples * do you or do you not slap a UV / Clear filter as a protective measure? If so, please say why.
     
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  2. Sw1tchFX

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    I used to all the time, but the hood provides enough protection, and I got tired of the flare. I only put one on under the worst conditions.
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Same with Switch. I used to all the time but realized there is a bit of softness that came with all my filters. Hoods do help a bunch.

    Now, I keep one 77mm and one 58mm UV filter in my bag only for risky conditions.
     
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    I always do, but I'll admit that it's a habit I acquired early in my 35mm days -- a filter is alot less costly to replace than a lens. I'm not sure that's a good reason. I don't put filters in front of my expensive progressive eyeglass lenses. I will say that I often have a CP mounted and then I wouldn't use a UV filter anyway.
     
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    Only when there is a better than remote chance of damage or getting the glass dirty.
     
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    I used them all of the time. I removed them for a bit to check IQ degradation and personally did not see any negligable difference. Maybe a little softness, but unsharp mask will fix that. I mostly photograph wildlife so atmospheric condition is an issue for protection more than anything. Dust, pollen, bugs, etc. wreak havoc on my 400mm. Dunno if they make a protective filter for that monster. :mrgreen: Do not have any issues with flare or whatnot because i do try to keep the light behind me. Guess it has become habit since I feel safer cleaning my filter than the front element.
     
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    They have saved at least one of my lenses, and this happend in a situation where I thought there would be no risk. I would rather break a $100 filter than a $2000 lens anyday.
     
  8. I'm the other side of that. Why buy a $2000 lens and then put a cheap piece of glass in front of it?

    Hood only.
     
  9. sabbath999

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    Last year, I bought a new 70-200 2.8 VR. Dropped $1700 on the puppy with shipping and taxes.

    First thing I did was put a UV filter on it.

    Went to a zoo to shoot some shots, slapped the lens hood on and started walking around. When I got to the zebras, one bit another one on the ass, and the one that got bit jumped and stomped, right in a big puddle of mud.

    Pfwap! Mud came flying and I got splattered.

    Sure enough, one big semi-solid glob of mud slammed into my lens right exactly dead center (lens hood and all).

    I tell you what... I would have absolutely puked on the spot had that gritty, grimy, zebra peed in mud been slobbered all over the front of my brand new lens instead of some $100 filter.

    I come from a sports news background, where I have had my camera covered in all kinds of stuff including spit, blood, rain and an ocean of sweat from some athlete running into me.

    I always, always, always shoot with a filter. Always.

    I use the best one I can find (B&W).
     
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    If you are a pro and require shots to be the absolute sharpest, I can understand not wanting to use filter - I've never seen degrade in quality with filter myself, but I'm printing 4x6 and 5x7s only.

    I order my B&W 010 MRC UV filter at same time that I order lens. $80 is not that much when the lens cost $1000+.
     
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    Ooops, I forgot to vote.

    I gave my reasons why not earlier, but I do keep a UV filter handy. I was a Boy Scout once. :lol:
     
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    Wish I had a video of that zebra scene ...
     

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