Yayyy new lenses and question about filters?

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  1. tecboy

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    I have experimented a cheap uv filter. It does lose sharpness in photograph when you zoom in 1:1 ratio in Lightroom.


     
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    Not everyone uses optical glass in their filters. And not everyone multi-coats them with something that actually works! A piece of bad glass with bad or non-existant coating can and will ruin pictures.
     
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    I'll add my vote to the "use a filter" camp, although totally optional, not a necessity. I have a toddler who constantly tries to touch the front element, and more often than not I find myself shooting in areas with a lot of dust/pollen/airborne debris. I've always felt that any degradation to image quality is negligible with a quality filter, and in the rare occasion where I see glare from a direct light source, it's easy enough to remove. Just don't cheap out on the filter. B+W MRC clear or UV haze filters are decent. Hoya makes some good ones too. Stay away from the cheap Tiffen filters that are often bundled for free unless you want lens flare in every shot.
     
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    And not everyone knows there's a difference between a $3 filter and a $100 one.
     
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    You could be right but I have never encountered a UV filter that reduced image quality. If you have, please provide the brand so people can avoid it.
     
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    Actually that's the hard part. There are so many out there that are made by a manufacturer and will put what ever name you want on it. Ebay, Amazon, even some of the larger online photo stores sell them under many different names. Especially in those kits full of ultra cheap gear to make them look like good deals.
     
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    OK. But I've tested about 20 of them and none affected image quality.
     
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    Go to ebay. Search for UV lens filter. Sort the results by Price + shipping, lowest first. The first 250 pages of results will be your cheap brands.
     
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    How about posting your results? Replete with original images.
     
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    Did you buy all 20 filters? You could buy an expensive filter that worth less than 20 filters.
     
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    I didn't keep them. They were just test shots.
     
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    I have the ability to know which are cheap. Do you have the ability to to know which ones affect image quality?
     

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