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what filter for my first "L" Lens
« on: September 28, 2012, 03:04:32 PM »
Good evening all,

i will say hi as I'm not new just this is my first post.

wondering what filters people use to protect there lenses if any...

I'm really undecided on what type of filter i need i have just purchased the 17-40 L so i know i need a 77mm filter and i know i need a top quality one as there would be no point putting cheap glass in front of it..

so what do you guys and girls do?


any help appreciated.

thanks

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what filter for my first "L" Lens
« on: September 28, 2012, 03:04:32 PM »

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012, 03:33:32 PM »
I'm a big fan of Hoya and B+W.  Just put a B+W UV filter on my new 70-200mm.  I only use them for protection though, as UV filters rarely improve image quality (IMHO).

Other filters, particularly circular polarizers, are not recommended for wide angles.  I wouldn't put a polarizer on anything wider than a 24mm lens.  You get some really odd looking light patterns otherwise.

Hope this helps!
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 03:44:21 PM »
Cheers well iv just purchased a B+W 77mm UV MRC

is this good yeah?

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 03:45:53 PM »
Cheers well iv just purchased a B+W 77mm UV MRC

I have them on almost all my lenses (except the 40/2.8 pancake).
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2012, 03:55:57 PM »
Cheers well iv just purchased a B+W 77mm UV MRC

is this good yeah?

Exactly the same filter I purchased for my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.  Would never dream of covering an expensive piece of glass like that with a cheap filter.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012, 04:05:59 PM »
Exactly the same filter I purchased for my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.  Would never dream of covering an expensive piece of glass like that with a cheap filter.

For the 70-200 II, I'd recommend the XS-Pro mount - the standard F-Pro mount causes a slight increase in vignetting.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2012, 04:13:20 PM »
Same as Neuro, I have these:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/11994-REG/B_W_66_070252_77mm_UV_Haze_010.html
on all my lenses sans my pancake. Some of the highest quality glass, great threads and cleans up well.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2012, 04:21:16 PM »
ND grad, polarizer or none.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2012, 04:24:29 PM »
ND grad, polarizer or none.

The 17-40L requires a filter to complete the weather/dust seal.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2012, 04:28:10 PM »
neuroanatomist, thanks thats settled me aswell i didnt know if that was the case on this one..

im not a photography n00b just wasted my money on crap equipment, going full frame next year so trying to just get L or better lenses now.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2012, 04:30:30 PM »
I tend to only use filters in situations where the protection is needed.  When I do, I have several B&W / Heliopan filters that I use.  I also have several of various brands that came with used lenses or I bought years ago when I did not know much about the varying quality.
I have so many that I have a 3 drawer storage cabinet that has overflowed.  Probably 100 or so.  What suprises me is the owners who have a B&W filter on a old low value canon lens like a 35-70.  The filter is likely worth more than the lens.

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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2012, 04:31:15 PM »
And that juicy tidbit is the only good thing to come out of selling my 10-22 when I went FF. (I plan on getting a 17-40 and have an extra B+W filter lying around for it.)

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2012, 04:39:56 PM »
And that juicy tidbit is the only good thing to come out of selling my 10-22 when I went FF. (I plan on getting a 17-40 and have an extra B+W filter lying around for it.)
You should lose very little when selling your 10-22, used, they are about the same price as a 17-40. I am not a big fan of the 17-40 on FF, but if stopped down, its fine.  Perhaps mine was just a poor copy, it happens.  It wasn't bad, just did not seem to inspire me.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2012, 04:40:19 PM »
I'd recommend Hoya HD.
I use them on all my lenses.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2012, 04:46:17 PM »
Good evening all,

i will say hi as I'm not new just this is my first post.

wondering what filters people use to protect there lenses if any...

I'm really undecided on what type of filter i need i have just purchased the 17-40 L so i know i need a 77mm filter and i know i need a top quality one as there would be no point putting cheap glass in front of it..

so what do you guys and girls do?


any help appreciated.

thanks

I like B+W, good quality and easy to clean. I think they might have ones that are different now, but a few years ago for sure, Hoya were a nightmare to clean, some sort of weird surface, if you go Hoya I'd verify that their new ones are easier to clean and make sure to get that particular newer model.

You don't need UV, clear is fine, clear sometimes costs more though anyway.

A circular polarizer can be very nice to have.

Make sure to get all of them with the MRC coating.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2012, 04:46:17 PM »