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Discussion in 'Photography & Camera Basics Forum' started by LYNN GRIFFITHS, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. LYNN GRIFFITHS

    LYNN GRIFFITHS Here a lot

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    i have just bought a filter for the end of my fixed lens. ( sony cyborshot ). i ask anyone, does one leave these on all the time?
     
  2. mikew

    mikew Always on

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    It depends on which filter and who you listen to:D if its a protection filter some say yes some say no.
     
  3. Hatter

    Hatter Old Hand Premium Member

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    I have a "skylight" filter permanently attached to each of my lenses for protection.
    Some people think that degrades the image slightly though...
    (Not really an issue at my standard!)
     
  4. rebel06

    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    What filter is it Lynn
     
  5. LYNN GRIFFITHS

    LYNN GRIFFITHS Here a lot

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    its a HOYA 55M UV(C) DIGITAL SCREW IN
     
  6. rebel06

    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    Ok, as said above some always leave them on .... others never use them .... the choice is yours
    Benefit ..... .protects the lens glass and sometimes cuts down on glare.
    Detriment .... can reduce picture quality (depending on cost/quality of filter)

    Paul
     
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  7. Mark 1

    Mark 1 Always on

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    I always have a UV or clear filter on expensive glass for protection and weather proofing but I do buy very good quality ones so as not to affect the image
     
  8. mikew

    mikew Always on

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    If you do leave one on make sure you use your lens hood, filters are a bit forward of the front element so can pick up flare easier if no hood is fitted.
     
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  9. gaelldew

    gaelldew Always on Premium Member

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    Never bother with UV, leave the lens hood on for protection, its like the old question Nikon or Canon.
     
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  10. photodiva

    photodiva Here a lot

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    I agree. I have good lenses, never bother with UV filters. If you want to spend your money, the choice is yours.
     
  11. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Old Hand

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    I used to shoot film (where they make a difference), so started off with UV filters on my lenses.
    Having heard of a few cases where broken filters ruined lenses that would have survived fine without a filter, I now I only fit a filter when I need one.
    It's very rare for a UV filter to be any use, but sometimes they hold a homemade Bokeh mask in place :)

    It's not been mentioned in this thread so I'll point out that unlike film digital cameras have very little response to UV. They have an internal filter that blocks UV very successfully.
     
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  12. MikeB

    MikeB Always on Premium Member

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    Keeping the lens hood on is always a good idea, even so I use a protective filter (UV or clear) on all my lenses all the time.

    Dropping any lens from any height that will break the protective filter will likely damage the alignment of the lens elements and/or lens groups. For that reason I do it less to protect the lens from damage due to dropping than from damage by handling. Protective filters protect the lens from rain and splashes (making it more water resistant), from salt spray or that nasty combination of salt spray and sand at the beach, eliminates fingerprints from the front lens element, makes it easier to clean the lens, and reduces the risk of scratching the front lens element while carrying or working with the camera.

    Using an inferior filter will reduce contrast, increase flair, and reduce image quality. Using high quality filters will theoretically reduce image quality but this has never been proven or documented.
     
  13. ed taylor

    ed taylor Super Ed Super Moderator

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    I always use a filter. I feel safer with one fitted. Also I prefer to clean a filter than the lens front element.
     
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