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Dec 25, 2010 09:43 |  #1

Hello All and Merry Christmas!

I finally got a Canon 100-400mm yesterday and need to get a filter for the lens for protections as well as........

Is anyone using any particular filters to help with their bird photogrphy? Circular poloarizer?

Thanks for the insight!!

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Dec 25, 2010 13:11 |  #2

As far as I'm concerned bird photography is all about speed so I don't use a polariser as that just reduces the shutter speed. I used to have UV filters on my lenses for protection, but then decided there was no point in putting inferior glass in front of an expensive lens. You can get expensive filters for protection, but for me that defeats the purpose of trying to protect something expensive. I just use the lens hood for protection.


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Dec 25, 2010 14:34 |  #3

^^ ditto.


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Dec 25, 2010 23:04 as a reply to  @ Wallace River's post |  #4

Long list of threads about using a filter or not. You decide which side of the glass you want to be on, if you want to use a filter for "protection" spend money on it.

Spend some money and get one that doesn't degrade the quality of the image, good luck with that though.

However if getting the absolute best from lens isn't an issue and it more about just protecting the lens then buy what you want.

Circular polarizers, neutral density and even a couple other special filters can offer help or desired effects in certain situations. But they don't live on the end of the lens.

For some people this bears repeating; a CP is for use only in certain circumstances and leaving it on the lens all the time is foolish at best.

A CP is a good thing to have when needed.

A UV filter makes a really crappy coaster, ash tray or magnifying glass but IMO these are all still better uses than placing one in front of my lenses.


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Dec 26, 2010 07:48 as a reply to  @ BradM's post |  #5

Thank you for the insight....logic makes absolute sense...

Brad...thanks for he coaster,ashray....comm​ent.....I still can't stop laughing about it! I think that states your opinion quite well!

Maybe I'll just wrap a piece of SaranWrap over the front of the lens to protect it LOL


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Dec 26, 2010 09:30 |  #6

I have used CP, UV and asorted filtes in the past and have never been happy with the results. Now I go mostly filterless and keep the lense hood on the lense as some sort of protection. In the middle of summer on a bright day, I occasionally use a CP and/or UV filter, but that is rare.


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Dec 26, 2010 13:34 |  #7

Thanks ENC....I'm convinced to stay filterless...doesn;t seem worth the money if you shoot through inferior glass with ! May experiment alittle as you suggest but won;t be leaving one on


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Dec 26, 2010 15:56 |  #8

The 100-400 HATES filters for some reason. A filter will denegrade your image quality so I only use the lens hood for protecting my glass as its very deep and does the job instead.


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Dec 26, 2010 15:58 as a reply to  @ h14nha's post |  #9

Thanks all for the input!


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Dec 26, 2010 19:31 |  #10

The hood is really all the protection you need imo. I have hiked well over a hundred miles with mine in all types of terrain without any mishaps. You would have to be very unlucky to cause any damage to the front element with the hood on.


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Dec 26, 2010 19:45 as a reply to  @ Candor's post |  #11

^^Hood only, for the 100-400; you really won't need much else, and it's slow enough already without losing a stop or two to a CPL for the most part.


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