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Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:40:40 AM »
Lens filters

Sometime soon I am going to be buying the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, with that I was going to by a UV Filter for it, just like I have on my 2 L lenses. Do UV filters have an impact on the sharpness of pictures; if so is it better to avoid filters?

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Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:40:40 AM »

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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 05:59:18 AM »
Technically, all extra glass effects the image quality. However, most of the times the benefit of a filter for protection out ways the better IQ.

I usually carry a box for my filters to I can remove them in special situations like low light, high detail landscape, that sort of stuff. Around children the filter stays on, as I like to get close to children, and they always end up touching my precious glass.
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014, 06:45:25 AM »
Technically, all extra glass effects the image quality. However, most of the times the benefit of a filter for protection out ways the better IQ.

I usually carry a box for my filters to I can remove them in special situations like low light, high detail landscape, that sort of stuff. Around children the filter stays on, as I like to get close to children, and they always end up touching my precious glass.

Thats what I have been thinking, protection is important when you spend a lot of money on a lens.
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 06:56:11 AM »
Technically, all extra glass effects the image quality. However, most of the times the benefit of a filter for protection out ways the better IQ.

I usually carry a box for my filters to I can remove them in special situations like low light, high detail landscape, that sort of stuff. Around children the filter stays on, as I like to get close to children, and they always end up touching my precious glass.

+1. I have clear or UV filters for all my lenses and leave them on as a default.  But, I often remove them before shooting when I want maximum IQ and am in a safe and kid free environment.  I currently have good quality Hoya UV filters, but plan to upgrade to better quality B+W soon and I may leave them on more when I shoot.  I've done some comparison shots with filters on and off and there is a tiny difference in some situations with no filter being better of course. 
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 07:22:01 AM »
I don't find that good quality UV filters (B+W MRC) reduce sharpness.  They can cause increased flare in backlit shots, and thus loss of contrast.
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2014, 10:51:33 AM »
A good filter is as much an investment as the lens itself ... I always sell a lens without the filter and keep it for continued use on another lens.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 11:24:28 AM »
A good filter is as much an investment as the lens itself ... I always sell a lens without the filter and keep it for continued use on another lens.

Ditto.  Even when I didn't think I'd need it, as was the case for the 58mm filter I had on the 85/1.8…then I bought an MP-E 65mm.  OTOH, I do have a couple of 77mm UV filters currently unused, since Canon seems to be releasing new versions of lenses with 82mm filter threads instead of the smaller ones of their predecessors. 
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 11:26:23 AM »
And here we go again with another round of filter debate.

Use them. Don't use them. The difference is negligible. I think the general rule is to always use a high quality one if you can.
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2014, 12:29:09 PM »
And here we go again with another round of filter debate.

Use them. Don't use them. The difference is negligible. I think the general rule is to always use a high quality one if you can.
It's too bad they don't use stickies on this forum...and I invested in some good filters and my old ones have a good deal of scratches - I'd be quite unhappy if my front elements looked like my filters!
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 01:40:59 PM »
It's too bad they don't use stickies on this forum...and I invested in some good filters and my old ones have a good deal of scratches - I'd be quite unhappy if my front elements looked like my filters!
Stickies would be really helpful, as would more definitive documents as to the options for specific topics - as in wireless speedlites and such.
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2014, 02:34:15 PM »
Lens filters

Sometime soon I am going to be buying the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, with that I was going to by a UV Filter for it, just like I have on my 2 L lenses. Do UV filters have an impact on the sharpness of pictures; if so is it better to avoid filters?

Thanks

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Just my Idea, As Profession Architect and I go to the construction site all the Times, and I must wear the hard hat, Eyes protection Goggle and Steel Toe shoes= yes , To protect my body as best as I can.
Yes, Lens too, All my Lenses Except 600 mm.and my 8 mm. Fish eye Lens, I use the Most Expensive Multi-Coats UV Filters to protect all of my lenses----Yes, Some of the filters ( Cheap filters ) might create the Bad or SoSO effect to our photos---But, That why I trust my High End Multi-Coats UV. Filters to protect High cost Lenses from the Moisture, Dirt/ Dust---And Easy to clean the Filter than try to clean the High cost Lenses Surface..
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2014, 03:32:36 AM »
Off-topic, but what the hey ...

and Steel Toe shoes= yes

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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2014, 12:07:31 PM »
A good filter is as much an investment as the lens itself ... I always sell a lens without the filter and keep it for continued use on another lens.

Ditto.  Even when I didn't think I'd need it, as was the case for the 58mm filter I had on the 85/1.8…then I bought an MP-E 65mm.  OTOH, I do have a couple of 77mm UV filters currently unused, since Canon seems to be releasing new versions of lenses with 82mm filter threads instead of the smaller ones of their predecessors.

A good filter will probably save the front element in an accident if no hood fitted
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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2014, 02:09:21 PM »
Damn, reading this thread made me paranoid! :D

What brand/model would you recommend? I found this purposedly built filters from Hoya, the HD Protector series. Has anyone tried them?

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Re: Lens filters or not?
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2014, 02:09:21 PM »