Why A UV Filter Lens For A DSLR Camera?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Bluester, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. petrochemist

    petrochemist TPF junkie!

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2014
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    415
    Location:
    North Essex UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If you strip the magnetic media out from the diskettes you can use it as an IR filter - possibly more useful than a UV filter :)


     
  2. petrochemist

    petrochemist TPF junkie!

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2014
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    415
    Location:
    North Essex UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If the front element gets destroyed, it can be repaired costing about twice a top quality UV filter.
    There is some evidence suggesting impact damage to the front element is MORE likely with a filter. Filters are brittle & hard enough to damage glass elements.

    If using a lens in an environment with salt spray or similar a removable protective layer can be a benefit. With a long telephoto a top quality filter will be needed to avoid degradation, but for most lenses a cheap filter won't be too noticeable in what for most people are relatively rare occasions.
     
  3. Bluester

    Bluester TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2014
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    1
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Despite my reasons in the above quotes, I have been on a quest for better pictures; I was seeing something missing in my photos by just looking at pictures taken by other photographers. So, I explored what a polarizer lens could do to my own photos. And this did not disappoint me. The only difference a polarizer could do to your photographs is make them darker in low-light conditions. It is still a good practice to have a filter lens on your camera in all lighting situations. And, your pictures taken with a polarizer lens will be easier to edit than the ones without. Also, the problem of darker photos with a filter lens in low-light conditions can always be resolved by a flash.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
  4. zulu42

    zulu42 Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2015
    Messages:
    2,195
    Likes Received:
    2,359
    Location:
    NV
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hello, please no offense intended. To benefit future readers, I placed bold font on the misinformation in your post.
     
  5. Soocom1

    Soocom1 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,636
    Likes Received:
    483
    Location:
    Southwest US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    A polarizor blocks a certain amount of light when at certain angles.

    The primary benefit is the increase in overall contrast, and can be useful for various specific shots.
    A UV filter in the film days had the benefit of reducing the haze (scattered blue light from dust) that dropped contrast and made images dull.

    The filters in from of sensors are set up in a way where the UV filter on the front of the lens is almost useless except for some drop in haze that I have seen on some pictures.
    Using a polarizor can drop a small amount of the overall light coming in causing a longer exposure, and thus increasing other characteristics of the image. But again is limited.

    Easier to edit I am not so sure about except popping contrast up front and lowering the post processing a bit.

    Personally I am the type to put on colored filters in front of my digital and shoot monochrome. thus making a more "realistic" (notice parenthesize) monochrome image that allows for old school contrast.

    But it is personal choice.
     
  6. Bluester

    Bluester TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2014
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    1
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    No problem, zulu42, it's okay.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
    • Like Like x 1
  7. weepete

    weepete TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2011
    Messages:
    4,717
    Likes Received:
    1,568
    Location:
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit


    Because no one can have too many beer coasters.
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019 at 4:38 AM

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

can you do uv photography with a regular dslr camera