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UV Filter or not to filter?

 
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Jan 08, 2015 19:29 |  #1

Does anyone use the Hoya UV filters for outdoor use, are there any benefits in using them or do they reduce IQ?

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Jan 08, 2015 19:35 |  #2

Any time you place glass in front of glass it's going to reduce IQ, even $500 UV filters will do it.

Digital cameras already have a UV filter over the sensor, so it's completely unnecessary.

They were invented for film photography after all... no use in digital.


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Jan 08, 2015 19:39 as a reply to  @ maverick75's post |  #3

Thats what i thought, i have one and a Hoya Polaris-er, they where free-bys.


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Jan 08, 2015 19:41 |  #4

If you are in a place ehere there is blowing sand, sea spray, or some other airborne nastiness they might be handy, otherwise you are just adding a new source of flare and potentially reducing IQ.




  
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Jan 09, 2015 16:57 |  #5

I used them for a while. I switched to using hoods and now I almost never bother with the filters. All of them have some effect on IQ. The best ones will be nearly imperceptible, but cheap ones can have a significant impact.


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Jan 09, 2015 18:06 |  #6

I used to have filters on almost every lens i owned or brought until i discovered they did nothing for my picture quality, i was also one of those that used to polish and polish my front lens to get all the smudges and even light dust off it:-( i used to think unless my lens was spotless it would degrade my pictures:-(

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Jan 12, 2015 08:16 |  #7

Pagman wrote in post #17373075 (external link)
Does anyone use the Hoya UV filters for outdoor use, are there any benefits in using them or do they reduce IQ?

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It depends on the environment in which the lens is used.

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While many photographers operate in clean and pristine situations, there are others, as illustrated above, where the air is filled with dirt and mud. In less than clean circumstances where a a photographer is exposed to dirt spray, a protective filter can preserve a lens' front element.



  
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Jan 12, 2015 08:21 |  #8

I find that they increase the risk of flare. Unless you have particulates flying around you don't need one. Keep your lens hood on if all you want to do is protect the front element.


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Jan 12, 2015 08:31 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #17373091 (external link)
If you are in a place ehere there is blowing sand, sea spray, or some other airborne nastiness they might be handy, otherwise you are just adding a new source of flare and potentially reducing IQ.


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I've only used a protective filter a very few times, and that was around sea spray and spray from waterfalls. I probably haven't used one in the past five or seven years.

Polarizing filters are another story.


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