If Zeiss would just put AF, I'd never own any canon lenses.
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Proven to make your images softer but protect your lens from a tree. your call.
Noticeably softer? I would like to see the source of that fact (unless you are referring to cheap filters).
Or you can get a canon refurbish 5d iii for $2379.
I always use filtersAccording to MrFotoFool, you and I (and anyone else who uses filters) are just "snapshooters" and are not "serious photographers"
Or maybe we're just clumsy...
Just the other day I was out taking some snapshots with my 1D X and EF 600mm f/4L IS II and I didn't have a UV filter on the front of the lens.
In fact, here's the snapshot to prove it!
Seems to me based on casual observation that snapshooters use them and serious photographers (especially pros) do not.Sounds like you never heard of "serious photographers" who shoot in conditions where dust, dirt, sea water splashes, mist, condensation are an issue. Have you ever seen a photographer at a dirt bike race? or a speed boat race with the photographer following the speeds boats? or a photographer at a sand dune bash? ... FYI they do have filters on their lenses for protection ... unless you consider them "snapshooters". While I do understand/appreciate your point of view/choice, statements like "serious photographers" don't use them and only "snapshooters use them" sounds very naive to say the least.
Tonnes of professional photographers and "serious photographers" use protective filters. Yes there are many pros who don't use them but that is totally dependent on their situation/preference but it has nothing to do with being a "snapshooter" or a "serious photographer".
So I spent the past couple of weeks researching portrait lenses (mostly this one and the 85mm f1.2), and partly as a result of this thread, I picked up the 135mm this afternoon. I can't wait to get out with it a bit tomorrow. I think my fiancée will really enjoy not waiting around for the slow focus of the 100mm f2.8L... fewer frozen smiles, here we come!