Took off UV filter, walaa.. crisp pictures

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  1. Garbz

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    In a perfect world yes. I'm not going to sell any of you the idea of a UV filter. Murphy's law will do that for you.

    I've never touched the front element of my 80-200 f/2.8 and always use it with a hood. But that didn't stop a volleyball from splashing water all over the front of it, and it would stop the neighbours lawnmower from flinging a rock at it, or some kid in a park tripping over and smacking it with something sharp they were holding it at the time.

    By all means it's a risk you take. A risk I don't, for a measly $100. And you're kidding yourself if a B+W filter is going to cost you quality in your photos.


     
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    I agree I have had a few things make it past the lense hoods. The problem with most is they dont buy quality filters, for their quality glass.
     
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    I had a Hoya HMC on my 70-200 which I was not pleased with (although they are certainly much better than the cheap Hoyas), and when I replaced it with B+W and I noticed a HUGE increase in sharpness.

    The first time I shot this $1700 lens a zebra slupped up a huge glob of mud that splashed right through the lens hood and BLAMMO right smack in the middle of my lens.

    Man am I glad that I had a filter on it!
     
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    For a higher end lens like the 70-200, I would definetely consider a nice filter. I wouldn't ever put a $165 on a less expensive lens, but a $1700 lens is a different story...
     
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    You are sorely mistaken by my comment. The B+W CPL is a zinger of a CPL filter. I also have a Hoya ND x8 for them. I got the "slim" for my wide angle, but can now swap it around on another 3x 77mm filter size lenses. Well worth the money IMO. I just haven't put a UV on them.
     
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    It's often a matter of personal preference, filter or not, hood or not. I use both on everything I own. The hood for flair, the filter for protection. A quick story. At my grandsons 6th birthday party, I took my D1X and a non-VR 24-120 zoom and SB-800. We were at a local chain pizza joint a week after opening. I had the camera sitting on the table, resting on it's back with the lens pointing up. You can see it coming, I'm sure. The new server was bringing a pitcher of cola to refill our drinks, hit the table with the bottom of the pitcher and dumped the entire 3 quarts of cola on the camera. About 1 1/2" of cola was floating on the lens. I picked up the camera, shook the cola off the lens/body/flash and patted it dry. That's it! No damage, no slow AF, no nothing, all three came out unscathed. Try that without a filter on a lens. A close friend was shooting moto-cross and took a rock the size of a golf ball in the center of the lens. Replaced the filter and that's it, no other damage. To me, it's cheap insurance. Just get the better coated filters and everything will be cool.
     
  7. Helen B

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    Yes, nearly all B+W and Hoya filters are dyed-in-the-mass glass (usually Schott glass for B+W/Schneider filters and Hoya glass for Hoya filters). Only some specialised ones like the red, green, blue, magenta, cyan and yellow CC filters, and polarizing filters for example are laminated in the B+W range. The CC filters are laminated with Wratten gelatin filters - which are of very high optical quality.

    Best,
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    I used to use various brands of filters, but over the years it converged down to 100% B+W (UV, various NDs and CPL). For my ultrawides I use the B+W slim filters which do a good job there.

    Te UVs are just means of protection when I crawl though the bushes and branches might penetrate past the lens hood ;).

    Oh, I still have one Canon UV filter, but I do not use it.
     
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    Assuming you are using the UV Haze 010 filter, do you spend the extra cash for the multi-coated filter (MRC)? And if you could explain why / why not.
     
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    *tap tap tap* on the door, "alex?"

    *knock knock knock* on the door, "aleX?"

    *Rap Rap Rap* on the door, "AleX".

    *Bang Bang Bang* on the door, "ALeX, are you there?"

    *POUND POUND POUND* on the door, "ALEX!!! Put the cheese down and ANSWER THE FRIGGIN' DOOR"
     
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    I'm in the same boat. In my research it appears the MRC vs the MC is only a "tough" coating. Water sheds off it easier as well.

    I will be buying the B+W MC CPL...I'll let everyone know the results.
     
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    Yes, the original B+W multicoating was rather soft, and did not compare well with Hoya's multicoating (HMC). In the late 90's (if I remember correctly) they introduced the much improved MRC coating.

    Best,
    Helen
     

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