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Can I mix up brands for UV filter and Circular Polarizer filter or better to stay with one?

 
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Sep 30, 2015 15:48 |  #1

Hey guys, maybe dumb question but can I have on 70-200mm 2.8L IS lens UV filter from Hoya and Circular Polarizer from B+W both multicoated or better to stay with one brand or other?


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Sep 30, 2015 15:54 |  #2

I would never use the two filters you listed together so ... it does not matter about mixing brands as long as you are happy with the performance of each.


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Sep 30, 2015 15:57 as a reply to  @ bpalermini's post |  #3

That make since, thanks


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Sep 30, 2015 16:01 |  #4

Many Potners including me would not use any filter unless it was for a particular effect, such as a polarizer to control reflections. Modern sensors are not sensitive to UV, so no UV filter is necessary. If you want to protect the front element in normal conditions, use a hood. In a sandstorm, use a clear filter (which would include a UV filter).


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Sep 30, 2015 16:05 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #5

OK but using UV or no filter doesn't effect picture quality correct? I like to have it UV filter there for protection lens glass a specially when I travel.


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Sep 30, 2015 16:08 |  #6

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OK but using UV and no filter doesn't effect picture quality correct? I like to have it UV filter there for protection lens glass a specially when I travel.

"UV and no filter"?

Usually a clear filter doesn't affect picture quality noticeably, but sometimes it does (such as when there are bright light sources in the picture - ghosting occurs). Use a hood to protect the lens.


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Sep 30, 2015 16:11 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #7

yes


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Sep 30, 2015 17:35 |  #8

This sticky thread covers this age-old topic: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=807555


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Sep 30, 2015 19:41 as a reply to  @ Scott M's post |  #9

Thank you , very helpful reading.


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Oct 01, 2015 11:20 |  #10

retro124 wrote in post #17728218 (external link)
Thank you , very helpful reading.


The attached link is to a video testing the effectiveness of filters for protection. Take a look.

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=P0CLPTd6Bds (external link)


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Oct 01, 2015 11:43 |  #11

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The attached link is to a video testing the effectiveness of filters for protection. Take a look.

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=P0CLPTd6Bds (external link)

That is an excellent video, highly recommended!


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Oct 01, 2015 11:51 |  #12

mwsilver wrote in post #17728960 (external link)
The attached link is to a video testing the effectiveness of filters for protection. Take a look.

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=P0CLPTd6Bds (external link)

The video says a lot that I've been saying for many years even though I have not run the destructive testing that you'll see in the video.

One thing that isn't mentioned in the video is the issue of making cleaning "easier" if a filter takes a splash or smear instead of a bare lens taking it. The fact is that most lens' front elements are harder than filters and if the same bad cleaning technique is used to clean both, the filter would become scratched before the lens would.


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Oct 01, 2015 12:21 |  #13

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The video says a lot that I've been saying for many years even though I have not run the destructive testing that you'll see in the video.

One thing that isn't mentioned in the video is the issue of making cleaning "easier" if a filter takes a splash or smear instead of a bare lens taking it. The fact is that most lens' front elements are harder than filters and if the same bad cleaning technique is used to clean both, the filter would become scratched before the lens would.

Agree. I would still consider using filters to complete the weather sealing of certain L lenses in very wet conditions and in situations involving blowing sand and debris. There may even be other scenarios where they might be appropriate, but as general protection against damage to front elements they are pretty much useless. Some people point to the fact that a number of professional photographers regularly use them as "proof" of their value as protection, but that really doesn't prove anything. Professionals in any field can be just as susceptible to hype. They are human, after all.


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Oct 01, 2015 13:17 |  #14

I like video a lot, good find.


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