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I just got a new lens and a UV-1 Haze filter to go with it. I read somewhere that this type of filter can almost always just be left on for protection .....

Is there any time in which this filter wouldn't be wanted?..

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Yates717 wrote:.

I just got a new lens and a UV-1 Haze filter to go with it. Iread somewhere that this type of filter can almost always just beleft on for protection .....

Is there any time in which this filter wouldn't be wanted?.

There are two philosophies..

1. A filter will protect your lens from whatever;.

2. A filter is just another piece of glass which is decreasing image quality..

Personally, I use them only if I really need to, because they are flat and easier to clean than the front element..

There is no "right" answer AFAIK - and the debates can get pretty hot...

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Yates717 wrote:.

I just got a new lens and a UV-1 Haze filter to go with it. Iread somewhere that this type of filter can almost always just beleft on for protection .....

Is there any time in which this filter wouldn't be wanted?.

Only unwanted when the camera is turned on..

IOW, opinions do differ.  ..

Comment #2

When shooting at dim light (indoor, night scenes) ..

It will always reduce light amount reaching sensor. Camera will need to compensate this light falloff by longer exposure(motion blur) or wider lens diaphragm setting(shallow depth).http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #3

Yates717 wrote:.

I just got a new lens and a UV-1 Haze filter to go with it. Iread somewhere that this type of filter can almost always just beleft on for protection .....

Isn't that why you bought it? I hope you didn't buy it to block uv and cut through haze - it doesn't work on digital..

A good lens hood offers better protection...

Comment #4

I don't leave UV filters on my lenses, they add a more prominent front element for light to be able to hit and cause flaring..

I do sometimes use them in more adverse conditions like light rain, or on a boat where I'm worried about things getting splashed..

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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner wrote:.

I don't leave UV filters on my lenses, they add a more prominentfront element for light to be able to hit and cause flaring..

I think this is the strongest argument against filters. Most of time though, it's not a problem for me since I always use lens hoods. However, I do find myself in situations where flare off the filter can be a problem and then it just takes a few seconds to take it off. Also, I found that my Hoya PRO1 filter on my ultra wide angle lens does a superb job at controlling flare in most circumstances..

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Comment #6

Yates, I have been shooting pics for eight years and have always used a UV filter over the lens. I was advised early on to do that by a retired professional photographer..

1. The UV filter will have no efect on exposure. It does not absorb any significant amount of light..

2. A good quality filter will have no noticeable effect on image quality. I have always used mostly Nikon filters, but Tiffen and Hoya are good quality also, Stay away from the bargain stuff..

3. It is much easier, and safer, to clean the filter surface rather than the lens front element. Some people never clean their lenses, but the front of any lens can pick up significant amounts of dust, etc..

4. If the filter is scratched or otherwise damaged, it is a lot less expensive to replace the filter than the who;e lens.].

5. Lens hoods are fine and should be used, but they will not keep the front lens surface clean..

6. Flare can be a problem when the camera is pointed toward a strong light source, such as a back-lighted subject, but that can occur without the filter as well..

7. In the end it is a matter of personal choice. Try it with the filter awhile and then without and make up your own mind..

Judy.

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