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When choosing a lens protection filter,should I use a UV, haze, clear, or skylight filter?thanks -James..

Comments (7)

Lens hood and lens caps are the best protection..

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Comment #1

So, if I have a lens cap, then your saying don't bother with a protection filter?I prefer cleaning the filter, rather then the lens..

Comment #2

I have always used a UV filter to protect my lenses..

-Keep in mind not all filters are equal, cheap filters can and will degrade image quality..

-I have stuck with Hoya Pro1 or S-HMC, Hoya claims a 99.7% light transmission, which is excellent considering most low end filters reflect back 3-5% of the light..

To me I would rather get junk on a $100 filter then the front element of a $2000.00 lens, I know there are a lot of heated arguments about just using a lens hood only being good enough, and they are very valid claims..

-Just using a lens hood means you are not hindering the optics in any way or form beyond the engineered specifications, filters for example are known to cause odd flare effects when used at night on certain lenses, of course no filter solves this problem..

-I also like to use UV filters to help reduce the UV haze seen on bright days, so that is also a plus..

-Remember it is really a matter of preference, if you like the idea of keeping your lens as safe as possible, buy a good filter to match it, if you feel a hood is good enough, go for it but just make sure you give the extra care to keep your front element clean .

I hope that helps a bit..

Jon..

Comment #3

Don't touch the lens and you won't have anything to clean other than light dust which comes of with a soft lens brush..

James365 wrote:.

So, if I have a lens cap, then your saying don't bother with aprotection filter?I prefer cleaning the filter, rather then the lens.

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Comment #4

Hi James. I am from the camp that prefers a filter for protection. I will not take a lens out of the box untill I have a uv filter to install on the new glass. I can not see any difference in IQ with or without a filter. The exception is the glass at the hockey rink. When I shoot outside I am always cleaning the filter and I am not worried about scraching the glass..

Jim..

Comment #5

Thanks guys .

Now I just have to decide between a Hoya S-HMC, or a $150+ Heliopan SH-PMC UV filter.-Jamesmoney goes in >[camera bag] >pictures come out..

Comment #6

As others have hinted, it will depend on the lens Is it worth spending $100 on a good filter (and it needs to be a good one) to protect a kit lens that you can get on ebay for $75? No. Is it worth using a filter for a $1000 lens that you plan to use in dusty or wet conditions? I would....

Best wishesMike..

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