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Originally Posted by cHoBomonkey View Post
by protection from dust i guess i kinda misspoke there. I meant if i had to wipe the dust from the lens, its better to wipe the filter with a cloth instead of the lens itself? (since the dust would be on the filter isntead of the actual lens)

so far im leaning towards not using them for performance i guess.
I never wipe. I use a rocketblower.


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Originally Posted by JeremyFr View Post
I run naked myself when I'm shooting anything I'm charging for, I'm extremely anal about my gear and being careful with it. However that being said depending on where I'm at shooting for personal use I will occasionally throw a UV on if I feel that I could "bump" into something with the lense (or rather something could bump into me) however I'm also good about having my lense cap readily accessable and always cap when I'm not taking a shot.
Had to read that a few times!
post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d View Post
I'm not an expert with polarizers, but I recall reading somewhere that CPL=digital, and linear = film?

Anyways, the AF problem I had was with low end UV filters. Those $10 filters that they like to give away always give me problems. The only high-end filter I have, my Hoya 58mm, I've never had an issue with.

Still though, I'd rather not go out and buy $60 filters for each of my lenses so I usually just get a hood instead.


I thought it had to do with the way light was metered on the camera, TTL will not work right with Linear. I've never really shot with a film camera though, nor have I looked into one, I don't know if they work correctly or not. Linear are a heck of a lot cheaper though, thats for sure
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d View Post
I never wipe. I use a rocketblower.




Had to read that a few times!
Yeah I do alot of "adult" shoots, always more comfortable when we're all naked lol j/k yeah I think I could have worded that better lol
post #14 of 36
It has always been easier to clean a flat surface than a curved surface. Some lenses like the EF-S 10-22 even have aspherical glass as the front element so it can get tricky. I also love running out with my camera out in the rain/snow and most lenses will only be fully weathersealed with a filter on. For those reasons I always get clear MRC B+W filters in all my lenses. Now I said clear and not UV. UV filters will make the sky look grayish even when it's real clear outside.

I got some plain-jane clear ones to intentionally create flare in photos too (some lenses are just too well designed).

Non filter users will argue degradation in quality and filter users will argue about protection/cleaning. It's either you do or you don't - like it or hate it. But if you decide on being a filter user (like me), only settle for the very best like B+W or Heliopan.

PS: All high end 300mm and up telephotos use a strait peice of glass as the front element to protect the real front element which are the biggest, most expensive peice of glass in that lens. If the engineers specifically add a flat peice of glass as the front element to protect the telephoto lenses, there's no reason why you can't do it on the wider angles too.
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post #15 of 36
i normally use a UV/protect filter in front of my lenses. but of course for some lenses like 14/2.8 there are no filter threads so i cant, or other lenses like 70-200 has a deep enough hood + far enough min. focus distance that protect filters arent critical (say not in a snow storm or a beach).

yes they do degrade quality. any surface of glass that has contact with air is 1 more facet that can flare/glare distort. but i dont pixel peep so i dont care 99.9% of the time. i do take off filters when i shoot in a studio or a controlled environment just to milk every pixel of sharpness i can get.

the front element of most lenses are pretty tough, so i dont worry too much about scratching it. but its always to better to be safe than sorry so use a blower/camel hair brush/lens cloth and not your tshirt on the front element.
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I don't use any filters (besides, two lenses I have can't even use filters due to the curved front element). They have been exposed to sand, sea water sprays with salt, rain, snow (including some direct snowball impacts), beer, drunk people, etc.

Especially the fisheye. I can clean it before shooting a concert, and no matter what I do, it always comes back smudged, with fingerprints. And the lens hood from one of my lenses is still sticky from the beer...lol
    
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i dont pixel peep so i dont care 99.9% of the time. i do take off filters when i shoot in a studio or a controlled environment just to milk every pixel of sharpness i can get.
This. Any time I shoot outside or around small children/pets, I'll throw a UV on.
post #18 of 36
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lets say you spend 400 dollars for a starter lens, and you scratch the glass accidently.. you just made a 400 lens worthless..
This comment is absolutely not true. A scratch or multiple scratches on the front glass will not effect IQ.

I shoot nekked with the exception of sometimes using a CPL filter for effect. As others have said, using a UV filter will degrade IQ a tiny bit, as well as effect the color tone. You can take 2 shots at a white wall back to back, one with and one w/o a UV filter on and see a difference in color.

Go nekked dude and just use hoods and be careful about what you do.
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read this article if you still are a bit worried about small scratches on your front element...
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read this article if you still are a bit worried about small scratches on your front element...
Great article man. Ive been trying to tell people the same thing. So much money wasted on UV filters because people are afraid of scratches.
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