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Old 15-07-2009, 19:06   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for a filter to protect my lens Nikon 18-105mm, and i came across these three:


1) Hoya 67mm Haze UV Filter @ £9.39

2) Hoya 67mm Circular Polarising Filter @ £20.95

3) Hoya 67mm G Series Skylight Filter @ £18.93

which is the best one to go for, or are there any alternatives. price is an issue. All advice would be appreciated. All prices from Amazon.

Thank you for looking.
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Old 15-07-2009, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which Filter

Some members say that a lens hood will give you a lot of protection for the lens, and if you decide on that, the poloriser will be of more use in specific situations.

If however you do want a permanent filter on the lens a skylight or UV is best as the poloriser will loose you one or two stops, so might give you problems in low light.

Crooked Imaging are a good supplier, as is One-Stop Digital

There is also the issue of putting a cheap filter in front of your expensive lens. Some say the image degradation makes good glass a waste of time, but I think the middle quality Hoya filters are OK.
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Re: Which Filter

I'm changing my views on filters after experimenting with them on a camcorder. The amount of flare they can introduce is really amazing, and I'm sure that's partly because they're flat glass rather than a convex lens.

Unless you're in a situation where the lens is likely to get something nasty on it (e.g. sand or salt spray), I would do without the filter and follow Graham's suggestion of using a lens hood as protection. That's likely to reduce flare rather than increase it.
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Re: Which Filter

I use both - the skylight to protect the lens surface from: spray, pollen, dog slobber, etc and the lens hood to protect front of lens from spray, vegetation brushing against surface, dog slobber, etc

Having said that, I'm prepared to remove both in circumstances of either flare or, in the case of hood, when attaching a polariser (to allow easy access to rotating)

Only use a polariser to saturate colour (especially blue skies), reduce reflections (rarely as I usually want to keep them!) or increase stops by two (waterfalls where I want to prolong the exposure)
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I use both lens hoods and filters (UV B+W filters) although I have started to remove filters and shoot without them.
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Re: Which Filter

I use both hoods and filters.

Hoods will help reduce lens flare, and also give you a bit extra to hold as it protrudes in front of the lens. Especially useful when using big glass.

Filters have their uses outdoors to protect the front element from flying debris, and things of that ilk. Indoors I don’t think they serve much purpose.

If you just want a filter to for protection then go for a UV, but you do need a good quality one. Remember, you get what you pay for.
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Lens hood and a Uv should do what you want, I always leave the lens hood and filter on the camera the lens hood is only ever removed for extra storage space when traveling abroad
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Many thanks for all your comments will go for a UV fliter, its just to protect the lens while i am out & about.

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