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Old 12-01-2010, 13:26   #1 (permalink)
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It arrived,should keep me amused a while, Tokina ATX100 [macro], not sure about this so hope someone can give advice on this, the lens glass is recessed a way down in so is it fine as it is or do i need a UV filter for it cheers simp
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Old 12-01-2010, 13:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Fine or Filter

It is unlikely that you need to filter UV but you may wish to use it to protect the lens as many do. I do not normally use filters as thay can cause flare in many situations. I normally keep the lens cap on when not actually taking a photograph. In 35 years plus, I have never scratched the front element of a lens or filter (I used to use them in the days of film) so do not see the point of continuing to use one. If you drop a lens with a filter on, you may do more damage that if it had been left off. I do have a UV filter which I occassionally use if I am photographing in difficult circumstances where the risk of scratching the front element is significant.

However, please do not copy me unless you are happy yourself and confident that the risk of scratching your lens is very low.
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Wasn't to sure but it seems far enough in so no harm will come to it, cheers Dave away for a play now
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Yes I agree with Dave....I once bought a second hand 85mm lens which had gone through the mill it had a nasty chip on the edge of the front element, I paid a tenner for it, it lasted me for quite a few years it was fine for portraiture and out door use when the sun was behind you, if the sun was in front then a lenshood had to be used, I think we all make the mistake of protecting the front element too much...its only in real dusty conditions when the lens really needs protection!
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Re: Fine or Filter

I always use the lens hood which goes a long way to protecting the front element but, for macros, I'm often creeping through undergrowth and so I keep a protective bit of glass on - forever cleaning, wiping water drops, snow, dust, mud, saliva (dog!), snot (strictly animal!), etc off!
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It arrived,should keep me amused a while, Tokina ATX100 [macro], not sure about this so hope someone can give advice on this, the lens glass is recessed a way down in so is it fine as it is or do i need a UV filter for it cheers simp
I always use protective filters but to be perfectly honest,I think I'm a little bit obssesive about them, I use them purely for peace of mind, just like any other insurance, most of which is usually unnecessary.
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Cheers guys for the advice
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