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Poll: Do you use a UV filter to protect your ZOOM lens?

 
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Mar 20, 2015 01:08 |  #1

I was wondering, do you use a UV filter to protect your zoom lens? Or just the hood? I know that sometimes image degradation can occur if one is used.

(I'm currently using a HOYA HMC SUPER 77mm UV. But, thinking about removing it.)

Specifically thinking about the Canon 100-400 mk II lens, but any zoom is fine. Thanks!


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Mar 20, 2015 01:23 |  #2

How about a 4th option: not on your nelly.


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Mar 20, 2015 01:23 |  #3

Choderboy wrote in post #17483255 (external link)
How about a 4th option: not on your nelly.

LOL! I have a feeling you voted 'no'? ;) hehe


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Mar 20, 2015 01:43 |  #4

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LOL! I have a feeling you voted 'no'? ;) hehe

Correct :)

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Mar 20, 2015 01:49 |  #5

VERY interesting. Great link. Thanks! :)


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Mar 20, 2015 03:57 |  #6

I don't use a filter to protect, I use the hood while shooting. When I'm not shooting then the cap is placed on the lens.


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Mar 20, 2015 06:56 |  #7

frozenframe wrote in post #17483354 (external link)
I don't use a filter to protect, I use the hood while shooting. When I'm not shooting then the cap is placed on the lens.

Same here. I only use filters for effect -- circular polarizers, ND and grad ND's.


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Mar 20, 2015 07:55 |  #8

no filters here... just hood.

...however I've had two lenses get a very minor tiny scratch on the lens in the past two years.... so maybe a UV helps with that not sure.


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Mar 20, 2015 08:06 |  #9

Although I voted yes, let me clarify that I use Clear or 0 filters and not UV. I use the hood too... :-D


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Mar 20, 2015 08:07 |  #10

Interesting, I do use UV filters to protect my lenses from soapy bubbles. If a bubble reaches my lens I'd get a nice rainbow all over my pictures. Cute, but it'll ruin a day's shooting.
Mechanically the UV filter does next to nothing. Optically, I've yet to see image quality be affected but I don't use tele photo lenses and I do use good quality filters. (My only zoom lens is the 17-40 f/4).

I did have to replace two filters the last year for having scratches on them.


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Mar 20, 2015 08:12 |  #11

I use a clean filter only when I know I'll be in an "unfriendly" environment (lots of sand, mud...). So 95% of my shots are made without protective filters.


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Mar 20, 2015 08:18 as a reply to  @ DoughnutPhoto's post |  #12

I only use a hood. I suffer from an unnatural fear of both kids and clowns so I guess I'm safe on the soap bubble issue.


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Mar 20, 2015 08:22 |  #13

I do on my 70-200 and probably would on the 200-400 if I could.

I've not had any noticeable IQ loss on the 70-200, I use B&W filters.


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Mar 20, 2015 08:29 |  #14

nqjudo wrote in post #17483531 (external link)
I only use a hood. I suffer from an unnatural fear of both kids and clowns so I guess I'm safe on the soap bubble issue.

Haha! :-P :p

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Interesting, I do use UV filters to protect my lenses from soapy bubbles. If a bubble reaches my lens I'd get a nice rainbow all over my pictures. Cute, but it'll ruin a day's shooting.

Sounds like you're shooting golden unicorns on top of clouds maybe? lol ;-)a


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Mar 20, 2015 09:02 |  #15

Any reason why you ask about zoom lenses only? Not being clever, just wondering.


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