+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 61
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    TedG954's Avatar

    To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    A lot of controversy as to whether or not to use a UV filter to protect the lens glass.

    I understand that a bad filter could distort a picture. But, what about the constant cleaning/wiping of the lens glass? Won't that eventually damage the lens?

    Wouldn't it be better to wear off the coating on a filter versus the lens glass?

    Do you use a filter to protect your lens glass?





    › See More: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.
    Nikon D800.....Sony A7RII.....Nikon D3300 (IR dedicated 590nm).....Sony A6000 APS-C........NEX 5T (IR dedicated 720nm) (and too many lenses)

    If you'd like to see more, please visit my gallery at:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/120761444@N07/

    Become an Organ Donor today: http://donatelife.net/register-now/ Save as many as 50 lives. Thanks.






  2. #2
    Senior Member
    J-see's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    I used an UV just once and got that horrible CA, I binned it. It was a cheap one but even so.

    I only clean my lens when really needed, else I just blow off the dust and that's it.

    Same with the in-cam sensor cleaning; very rarely. I'm of the opinion that as long as you don't see the problem, there's no reason to potentially add another problem.
    Last edited by J-see; 02-20-2015 at 03:45 PM.
    Thanks/Like TedG954, paul04, singlerosa Thanks/liked this post
     

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    carguy's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    Here we go...
    Thanks/Like Eyelight, ttmctoad, Whiskeyman, Rick M Thanks/liked this post
    Disagree TedG954 disagreed
     
    Joe

    D750 | 50mm f1.8G | Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC
    Fujifilm X100T | Nikon F3/T, N90s | Minolta A5, XG1 & X-570
    Detroit Imagery / My weekly contributions /
    About.me
    Notary Public & Loan Signing Agent


  4. #4
    Staff
    Super Mod
    hark's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    I use UV filters on all my lenses except for the 14mm which can't hold one. It pays to use quality UV filters as some will degrade the image. The down side is the extra layer of glass means you might be prone to additional lens flare. At times I've had to remove mine to cut down on flare when the sun is in the frame.
    Thanks/Like TedG954 Thanks/liked this post
     
    Cindy
    Flickr
    and My 2019 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Challenge Team
    Eyelight's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    Practice safe shooting. Always use protection unless you have a need for all the quality you can get.

    I use clear protectors on the walk-arounds. I don't have one on the macro, but I keep the cap on when not shooting.

    Tickles me to hear folks go on and on about IQ and then scrub their front element with the rubbing compound otherwise known as dust and humidity.
    Thanks/Like TedG954 Thanks/liked this post
     
    __________________________________________________ ______

    .

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    TedG954's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eyelight View Post
    Practice safe shooting. Always use protection unless you have a need for all the quality you can get.

    I use clear protectors on the walk-arounds. I don't have one on the macro, but I keep the cap on when not shooting.

    Tickles me to hear folks go on and on about IQ and then scrub their front element with the rubbing compound otherwise known as dust and humidity.

    That's kinda what I'm getting at. When I go to the beach, my eyeglasses end up with a film of salt mist that requires cleaning. Whenever I would ride my motorcycle along A1A, the first thing I did when I got home was to hose off the salt film.

    So, everytime I go shooting at the beach I have to vigorously clean my camera lens filter. Without the filter, I would suspect the grinding effect of debris on the lens glass. Any dust (city smog, etc.) would do the same.

    Yet, when I research, many refuse to use a filter. All I'm looking for is real world advice based on experience; not a yea or nay battle. No one is forced to contribute.
    Nikon D800.....Sony A7RII.....Nikon D3300 (IR dedicated 590nm).....Sony A6000 APS-C........NEX 5T (IR dedicated 720nm) (and too many lenses)

    If you'd like to see more, please visit my gallery at:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/120761444@N07/

    Become an Organ Donor today: http://donatelife.net/register-now/ Save as many as 50 lives. Thanks.




  7. #7
    Senior Member
    480sparky's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    Disagree TedG954 disagreed
     
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


    Go forth and actuate!


    My Website.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    TedG954's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    To Filter.... or Not To Filter.  That is the question.
    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post


    Seems like the only thing you add to a thread is negativity. Nobody asked you to participate.
    Thanks/Like AC016, Moab Man Thanks/liked this post
    Best Answers AC016 voted best answer for this post
     
    Nikon D800.....Sony A7RII.....Nikon D3300 (IR dedicated 590nm).....Sony A6000 APS-C........NEX 5T (IR dedicated 720nm) (and too many lenses)

    If you'd like to see more, please visit my gallery at:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/120761444@N07/

    Become an Organ Donor today: http://donatelife.net/register-now/ Save as many as 50 lives. Thanks.




  9. #9
    Senior Member
    AC016's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    I don't think there is a right or wrong answer with this one. Some people have strong believes against it, others just do it. All i can say is, buy a really good UV filter if you are going to use one. I used one for quite some time when i got my first DSLR. I put it on my 55-200mm to take photos of aircraft. In the end, there was slightly more contrast (sky was a tad bluer). Inspecting the photos by zooming in, i really did not see anything "unusual". I say, if you want to use one to protect your lens element, go for it. But, buy a good one.
    Thanks/Like TedG954 Thanks/liked this post
     
    Who dares, wins.

    Cameras: Fuji X-Pro, Fuji X10, Olympus TG3 and Nikon D2X.




  10. #10
    Senior Member
    mikew's Avatar

    Re: To Filter.... or Not To Filter. That is the question.

    Filter on all mine except the sigma 105mm macro, the front element is so far recessed i dont need a lens hood if i dont use a filter,plus i have since lost the lens hood
    Thanks/Like TedG954 Thanks/liked this post
     
    Mike

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/7239177@N07/

    Olympus EM1MK11,Panasonic G80, 12-60mm, 60mm macro, Leica 100-400mm

    Nikon 1 V2,FT-1,10-30mm 30-110mm Viltrox extension tubes














Quick Reply Quick Reply

If you are already a member, please login above before posting.

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •