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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2012, 11:25:55 PM »
http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article-UV_filters_test.html

This is a really great comprehensive filter test/read I found today that I thought i'd share. I was trying to find comparisons of the B+W MRC vs the Hoya Pro1, both of which I use. Debating with myself whether to get one or not for my 24-70 II being shipped.

For UV filters/UV reduction purposes, the Hoyas blew away the B+W's, which surprisingly didn't do very well at UV reduction but did spectacular in light transmission and flare control etc.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2012, 11:25:55 PM »

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2012, 11:33:55 PM »
I am also of the school of thought that doesn't use filters on a wide angle lens. Just extra glass getting in the way and you'll need an extra thin kind to prevent vignetting. Sure, the lens hood is crap but for general bumps and knocks it's ok. I had the 10-22mm for 18 months, took it traveling to all sorts of places, up mountains and dusty volcanoes. Damage caused? zippo. Like one post said, if you drop it hard enough NOTHING will protect it!

That said - I would prob slap on a UV filter if I see some rain coming to weather seal it. Even then I'd prob just pack up and go home.

Now the 17-55 f/2.8 - that thing needs a UV filter, the things a dust magnet!  ;)

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2012, 11:52:40 PM »
Hoya HD Clear works great on the 17-55...and, yes, it is easy to clean as advertised.

For those who question whether a filter would actually protect the front element from a blow, consider at least an extension ring.  I've seen seemingly innocent bumps dent the threads of unprotected lenses.  A filter, a hood (threaded or bayonet), or an extension ring would help prevent damage to the lens' threads.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2012, 12:15:16 AM »
Hoya HD Clear works great on the 17-55...and, yes, it is easy to clean as advertised.

For those who question whether a filter would actually protect the front element from a blow, consider at least an extension ring.  I've seen seemingly innocent bumps dent the threads of unprotected lenses.  A filter, a hood (threaded or bayonet), or an extension ring would help prevent damage to the lens' threads.

Actually...not.

In the real world, something that would dent unprotected threads, if you had a filter on, would jam the filter on. You'd then have an expensive repair to remove the filter, repair and / or replace the filter threads, and maybe even replace the front element if the filter can't be removed without damaging it..

Without the filter, just burnishing out the dented threads would probably be all you'd need.

And, with a lens hood, you'd either have no damage or would just have to get a new lens hood.

Seriously: use hoods for protection except for cases where you need eye protection or weather sealing for certain L lenses in really nasty weather conditions. And, even then, still use the hood. <i>Especially</i> then -- the filter is going to make flare worse, possibly much worse, and the hood is going to cut down on flare.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2012, 01:26:16 AM »
People talking a bout B&W and Hoya. I use Tiffens and Canons, are they good, Neuro?

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2012, 02:43:13 AM »
I have Hoya HD and B + W filters (UV and CPL). I use them when i'm in crowds etc, use long hoods when appropriate and use nothing if there is no danger... 

The one bit of advice (said before) is if you want to use filters...  get good ones! And if you really want to make sure you have the 100% (vs 99.9n% with filters) IQ, just take it off! :)  Either way, enjoy your new L lens! :)
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #36 on: September 29, 2012, 05:33:00 AM »
Thanks i ordered on Digital Rev so it will hopefully be here monday :D yay!!!

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #37 on: September 29, 2012, 08:20:36 AM »
People talking a bout B&W and Hoya. I use Tiffens and Canons, are they good, Neuro?

Not as good as B+W and the high end Hoya filters.  Canon UV are actually OEM'd by Tiffen. I wouldn't use them.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2012, 09:06:11 AM »
Dont use any filter, problem solved.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2012, 09:55:17 AM »
Dont use any filter, problem solved.

:)  Only those rich enough to buy another glass without even hurting his pocket don't use filters and hoods.  If you're that guy, then good for you.  For most of us, it's better safe than sorry.

Another thing, I only use HOYA and B+W UV filters since they're the best ones available where I'm staying.

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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2012, 10:59:56 AM »
B&W MRC UV filters on all my glass. They're superb.

Of course they're are some who believe the lens hood will save they're front element. Its true to an extent, but what happens if you covering a cycling event in which a stone was hurled directly into your front element. Which in my case broke my UV filter but I unscrewed it and continued shooting that day. Yes, that stone would have destroyed my lovely 24L's front element but B&W saved the day.  ;D
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2012, 11:23:10 AM »
B+W XS-Pro on all my lenses...the best.  ;)
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2012, 11:36:18 AM »
People talking a bout B&W and Hoya. I use Tiffens and Canons, are they good, Neuro?

Not as good as B+W and the high end Hoya filters.  Canon UV are actually OEM'd by Tiffen. I wouldn't use them.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
« Reply #43 on: September 29, 2012, 11:44:39 AM »
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 put B+W clear (007M) filters on all my lenses. I see absolutely zero impact on the images and they are for protection only. The coating on these is obviously so good to not degrade the pictures and the build quality is outstanding. They don't get stuck in the filter thread like cheaper filters do and they provide a 100% seal.

There is a normal and slim version available. The slim I put on my 24-105 for the wide angle.

UV filters I use only on my film camera. Not necessary for digital since the sensors already have that build in.
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Re: what filter for my first "L" Lens
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