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POLL: "Who uses filter for the sole purpose of protecting the lens"
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Aug 05, 2013 10:02 |  #76

vaflower wrote in post #16182508 (external link)
Basically, using filter on a lens is just like using a screen protector on an Iphone.

And you can probably guess how I feel about them - they're about as horrible as plastic covers on furniture.


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Aug 05, 2013 10:33 |  #77

hollis_f wrote in post #16182720 (external link)
And you can probably guess how I feel about them - they're about as horrible as plastic covers on furniture.

I've used plastic screen protectors on all my previous cell phones. But let's save that for another discussion.


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Aug 05, 2013 16:11 |  #78

never use filters unless at a rally event where flying rocks are everywhere...


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Aug 06, 2013 08:11 |  #79

does lens front element coating comes off?




  
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Aug 06, 2013 08:33 as a reply to  @ belias1989's post |  #80

I don't think that you effectively protect anything with a filter unless you shoot in a truly hostile environment. My cameras have never been babied, but I've never done more than cosmetic scratches to the outer frame/barrel, despite the years of rambling off trail through the Rockies with my camera slung across my body. That's 40 years and counting.


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Aug 06, 2013 08:41 |  #81

30 + years of shooting. No filter ever for anything other than effect. As you can see by the barrel of the lens not babied at all. Hood always but more for keeping unwanted light from striking the front element. Protection is just a bonus.

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Aug 06, 2013 08:49 |  #82

There's not to many people here that care or need higher performance from their lenses than I do.

Not many here are as hard on their equipment as I am.

I would never put an unmatched piece of thin glass that shatters very easy compared to a front element on any of my lenses. I doubt many here have glass that costs as much as mine.

Heres just one lens that will never see a filter for impact protection.

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I also do not have filters for protection on my 24L, 35L or 85L

I am not going to spend all the $$$ on great glass only to put a cheap, thin, and most important, unmatched piece of glass on a lens I spent all that money on to be sharp when sharpness is needed.



  
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Aug 06, 2013 22:26 |  #83

it ends out in 50-50.. Just means, it's your preference to do so with regards to filters.




  
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Aug 06, 2013 22:39 |  #84

I do, after some idiot bumped his iphone against my glass and left a mark on the brand 2 weeks new L, I got me one the very next day.


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Aug 06, 2013 23:51 as a reply to  @ Hatallas's post |  #85

Is the distance from filter to lens a factor? I took a bunch of pics this past weekend and on several occasions I found my filter unscrewing.I also had quite a few out of focus pics. Is there a correlation?


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Aug 07, 2013 04:33 as a reply to  @ metalrat's post |  #86

So where do I mount a protection filter to my 400/2.8???...


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Aug 07, 2013 06:34 |  #87

DreDaze wrote in post #16182698 (external link)
but the 'pro filter jihadists' don't care at all, right...that's why it's at 50%?:D

I wonder if its still 50% if you count the posts?


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Aug 07, 2013 06:50 |  #88

cwphoto wrote in post #16187680 (external link)
So where do I mount a protection filter to my 400/2.8???...

It already has one built-in.

Canon's big whites (actually I'm not sure about the new versions) have a parallel meniscus lens as the front element. It's apparently designed to be fairly easy and relatively cheap to replace.

Of course, this differs from normal 'protective' filters in two important ways: it's a lot thicker, so it won't easily shatter into millions of sharp shards of shrapnel; and it's not flat, which makes it easy for the designers to eliminate all those reflections that cause problems with flare.


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Aug 07, 2013 08:14 |  #89
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I use uv filters in harsh conditions and I know they have saved my glass on numerous occasions. I used to not have uv filters and as a result I got two lens with chips on their front elements from flying rocks. Since switching to using uv filters, no more chip but some shattered uv filters.

I sell my photos and the use of uv filters has not affected my sales one single bit. Too many people are pixel peepers, not photographers and worry way too much about pixels rather than prints.




  
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Aug 07, 2013 09:35 |  #90

Hogloff wrote in post #16187972 (external link)
I use uv filters in harsh conditions and I know they have saved my glass on numerous occasions. I used to not have uv filters and as a result I got two lens with chips on their front elements from flying rocks. Since switching to using uv filters, no more chip but some shattered uv filters.

I sell my photos and the use of uv filters has not affected my sales one single bit. Too many people are pixel peepers, not photographers and worry way too much about pixels rather than prints.

have the lenses with chips affected your sales...

Sirrith wrote in post #16187799 (external link)
I wonder if its still 50% if you count the posts?

I"ll let you do the counting :)


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