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Old 11-11-2008, 19:58   #1 (permalink)
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Hello!

I just got a Canon 50D for my 18th Birthday, which I love! But Jacobs sold my dad a filter, which he thought was a lense cap. I dont really know what it is, or what it does, as it is clear. I can understand that it provides protection for the lense all the time, but will it enhance or ruin my photographs? Or will it have no effect. I havnt opened the packet yet, as I may take it back. It was only around £20, but I dont want to keep it if I dont need it.

Jack has already told me today that there is a debate whether filters are necessary or not, but I dont want ruined photographs because of the filter!
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Old 11-11-2008, 20:06   #2 (permalink)
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i think it will be a UV filter they help with getting rid of haze and also make could lens covers lucky you with the 50d
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Old 11-11-2008, 20:07   #3 (permalink)
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Whoops I posted it without finishing...all done now!
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id keep it will not ruin anything just put it on an leave it if only to protect the front of your lens
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Like I said, some argue that it degrades the image quality, but probably not enough that you'll notice, might as well keep it for extra protection...

What lens do you have? Check now!
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id keep it will not ruin anything just put it on an leave it if only to protect the front of your lens
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Like I said, some argue that it degrades the image quality, but probably not enough that you'll notice, might as well keep it for extra protection...

What lens do you have? Check now!
Who argues that it degrades the image quality

The only time I'd say you don't need a UV is if it's getting (literally) in the way, e.g. you have multiple filters on your lens (which you're not likely to do as a beginner anyway), in which case a UV filter is the least necessary, so could be removed to avoid vignetting. But I'd strongly advise you not to send it back to the shop, as it will certainly come in handy as a lens protector, and at £20 it's much cheaper than replacing an accidentally scratched lens
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Old 11-11-2008, 22:56   #7 (permalink)
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I've heard arguments around that it's just adding an extra layer of glass for the light to diffract off, thereby reducing the accuracy of the light hitting the sensor, resulting in a degradation of image quality. Makes sense, but it depends how perceptible that difference is...
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Re: Filters...necessary?

Depends on....

Quality of filter
Direction of light
Probably some other things too

Putting a piece of flat glass in front of the lens is not going to enhance image quality, especially if there are light sources in front of you. A good multicoated filter reduces the risk of flare. Also, if something hits the filter (glass) and breaks it, the shards are almost guaranteed to damage the lens coating. Yes, the same thing could have hit the lens itself, but a blunt object is more likely to break a filter than a lens.

So of course I don't use protection filters. Well, yes I do, but I take them off if I'm shooting 'contra jour'. No, I mean to but don't always.

By far the best protection for a lens is a lenshood which can absorb impacts quite well, and also reduces flare rather than adding to it. One day I'll remember that.
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Old 12-11-2008, 00:04   #9 (permalink)
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Yep was going to say that as well (lens hood), but forgot, honest
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Re: Filters...necessary?

I use both lens hood and filter; hood to protect the front of the lens (which has saved two of my lenses from almost certain damage) and filter so that I can clean the dust/rain/dog slobber from the front of the lens and not worry about being too careful (so far thrown one filter away through scratches so potentially saved a lens)
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... Also, if something hits the filter (glass) and breaks it, the shards are almost guaranteed to damage the lens coating. Yes, the same thing could have hit the lens itself, but a blunt object is more likely to break a filter than a lens.
You mean like a baseball bat ... nope, that's never happened to any of my lenses or filters

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... By far the best protection for a lens is a lenshood which can absorb impacts quite well ...
Including baseball bats + the like but hang on, wouldn't the lens hood break as well, and scratch the lens just as a filter would and what if the baseball bat is poked at the lens point-on

Seriously though, I think of filters protecting the lens more against scratches than baseball bats or other blunt objects

My own example of scratching a lens which could've been avoided, had I put on a filter first, is putting on the lens cap, and now my macro lens has scratches on it Of course I'm more careful now I know that can happen.

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I'm with the Don't leave it on gang.

I paid a fortune for L glass for my Canon, and I believe unless a filter is perfect and darned expensive it's not going to even degrade my pictures by 1%.

I carry a CPL and UV filter in case I need one, but don't leave it on. I'm in the same group that thinks theres far more risk of cracking or breaking a very thin filter that then grinds the front element of my lens.

I'd keep it in your bag but not leave it on.


Mind you since going to L glass I'm a damn site more carefull with my lenses
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Re: Filters...necessary?

If you're just starting out in SLR photography, leave it on. You're not going to notice a difference.

You're way more likely to damage a lens by knocking the barrel against something than the front element which is a lot tougher than people realise.
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Old 14-11-2008, 07:11   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Filters...necessary?

Besides the reasons given above about protection from hard objects I have to say that the one time I was unable to source a filter for a new lens was the one time that I really needed it. I was shooting some seascape shots and it was very breezy, the spray from the sea was blowing in my direction and ended up covering the front of the lens. At the end of the shoot it was virtually impossible to completely remove the marks on the front element of the lens and for a while I thought that I had completely ruined a brand new one day old L lens.

After many, many hours of very careful and delicate cleaning I managed to remove the marks but its likely that the manufacturers coating was also damaged/degraded too. I sold the lens on after that and replaced it with an identical model, ensuring a good quality filter was installed from day one.

For those of you saying that lens hoods offer the same or better protection...I beg to differ
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Old 19-11-2008, 20:04   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for the help!
I have decided to put the filter on, as I am a bit worried about runining the lens, and just take it off when needed.
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Rather than listen to all the arguments Louise why not take some shots with the filter on then the same shots again with it off then decide for yourself if there is degradation or not.
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I could never tell the difference with a good quality filter on or off whether it degraded the image or not.

Most of the time I have filters on (B+W ones).

As far as I'm aware the lenses sold by Canon as 'weather sealed' (not sure about Nikon etc), aren't fully sealed until they have a filter on the front.
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what are good quality filters? by how much you pay for them or named brands ?
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It's mainly to do with the quality of the coating. For example, Hoya do three ranges - green box, blue box (HMC) and Pro1. The Pro1 filters have better coatings and are also slightly thinner, but you pay quite a lot more for them.
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so and so... i got UV filters on all of my lenses, on 300mm i have just Hoya's Pro 1 Protector, but I see no difference if I have them or not. Mostly they are just for protection. Back in film times I had a skylight filter attached all the time... that's great with tri-x. Now you can do the same in photoshop.
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I could never tell the difference with a good quality filter on or off whether it degraded the image or not.

Most of the time I have filters on (B+W ones).

As far as I'm aware the lenses sold by Canon as 'weather sealed' (not sure about Nikon etc), aren't fully sealed until they have a filter on the front.

I'm with you on this one. Mine always have a filter on. I'm sometimes out in all weathers and don't mind wiping rain etc off a filter quickly, whereas I wouldn't subject the lens to my coat wiping it etc.
Only time I don't bother is shooting macro indoors and I haven't got one on my cheapie 50mm, again just indoors.
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I'd say use the filter!

lets just say mine saved me quite a few £



up to yourself though!
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I would suggest a lens hood instead. I have heard that cheap UV filters can degrade image quality unless you're getting one of these.

I've also heard using cheap filters will increase your risk of lens flare. A hood will also survive a drop much better than a filter will.
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I would suggest a lens hood instead.

I've also heard using cheap filters will increase your risk of lens flare. A hood will also survive a drop much better than a filter will.
As already stated, lens hoods will not stop airborne debris from potentially hitting the lens, things like sea spray, and stones, gravel etc from shooting motor sport are just two examples that I can think of.

While lens hoods are great for their intended purpose, they were not designed to prevent damage if you drop your camera and or lens. Obviously its another layer of protection and accidents do happen.

I guess that there is no absolute correct answer to this question and its mainly down to personal preference
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As already stated, lens hoods will not stop airborne debris from potentially hitting the lens, things like sea spray, and stones, gravel etc from shooting motor sport are just two examples that I can think of.

While lens hoods are great for their intended purpose, they were not designed to prevent damage if you drop your camera and or lens. Obviously its another layer of protection and accidents do happen.

I guess that there is no absolute correct answer to this question and its mainly down to personal preference
I have heard of cases in which a filter didn't protect the lens from a drop. Its simply just not strong enough. A lens hood offers much better protection from drops. As for airbourne debris, you're right. Both are just as important to have on a lens. I would rate the hood slightly better in terms of protection, but both are necessary.
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2 different items for 2 different jobs but chances are if you think you need one, you probably need the other aswell!
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Having accident damage insurance is really the best option, that and not having any accidents
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