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Dec 5, 2017 12:42:47   #
broncomaniac (a regular here)
 
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.
 
Dec 5, 2017 13:02:11   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
You just kicked the bee hive.

Personally I only use those type of filters as an added layer of protection on the front of the len while in transport. They come off when the hood
goes on. Other than that, for me, they serve no other useful purpose on a modern digital camera.
Brand doesn't matter since to me they are little more than thread protectors that supply little to no optical advantage.
Dec 5, 2017 13:04:22   #
frankie c
 
broncomaniac wrote:
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.


Are you using a film camera? UV does not effect digital sensors (UV was a problem with film). So you don't need one at all. I'm not sure what the haze designation implies but prolly still referring to UV light. Many filter manufactures are now selling what they call a clear glass which are referred to as protective filters (there purpose is to protect the lens in case something hits it like a stone) to keep get actual lens from damage and using a UV filter for that purpose is fine. However, all filters are not created equally. So using a less than perfect filter may introduce distortion or flare which can effect your image. A good quality lend hood well do a good job of lens protection and reduce flare. I have personally abandoned the use of the UV filter and opt for good lens hoods. Your lenses are manufactured and coated to optimize your pictures. Trust your lenses to do the job. I am sure some will disagree. However, this makes sense and works for me... SO hey, Just Sayin :) have a great day, HAPPY SHOOTING.
Dec 5, 2017 13:38:49   #
David Kay
 
broncomaniac wrote:
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.


Actually, I use both for coasters. They work well to protect my furniture.
Dec 5, 2017 13:41:50   #
blue-ultra (a regular here)
 
While shooting in Iceland (3rd worse country on the planet for wind) my lens would have suffered from ice pellets at the waterfalls and sand, dirt and ice at the northern lights tour. So I am happy to have had them on. Of course the filters for a Digital lens is not cheap 80 to 100 dollars...
Dec 5, 2017 14:37:23   #
speters (a regular here)
 
broncomaniac wrote:
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.

I do, and I like the UV for the very light correction! From the 3 companies you mentioned, Hoya is the best of the three!
 
Dec 5, 2017 14:58:42   #
David Kay
 
blue-ultra wrote:
While shooting in Iceland (3rd worse country on the planet for wind) my lens would have suffered from ice pellets at the waterfalls and sand, dirt and ice at the northern lights tour. So I am happy to have had them on. Of course the filters for a Digital lens is not cheap 80 to 100 dollars...


Do you have to replace the filters after the iceland trip?
Dec 5, 2017 16:43:00   #
broncomaniac (a regular here)
 
Thanks all for replying. I hope this thread continues. The more the merrier.

Coasters is good. I've used CD-ROM For that purpose. I use filters on my lenses to keep the front element clean and protected. I also always use a hood.

Kicked the bees nest. I like that one too. Guess I'm kicking it again by inquiring as to if, when, and how folks here use circular polarizing filters.

My telescope adapter has threads for filters. I keep a skylight in it. It helps keep my camera AND my telescope clean.

Oh, no I don't use a film camera, I use a DSLR.
Dec 5, 2017 21:18:57   #
Jim Bob (a regular here)
 
rmorrison1116 wrote:
You just kicked the bee hive.

Personally I only use those type of filters as an added layer of protection on the front of the len while in transport. They come off when the hood
goes on. Other than that, for me, they serve no other useful purpose on a modern digital camera.
Brand doesn't matter since to me they are little more than thread protectors that supply little to no optical advantage.

What a great analogy. I will have to remember that one. Thanks.
Dec 5, 2017 22:58:43   #
brucewells (a regular here)
 
rmorrison1116 wrote:
You just kicked the bee hive.




Dec 5, 2017 23:40:47   #
rook2c4 (a regular here)
 
David Kay wrote:
Actually, I use both for coasters. They work well to protect my furniture.

I'm not sure the wafer-thin, flimsy glass manufacturers put in those filters (it doesn't take much effort to push one's thumb through them!) will offer all that much protection for your furniture... or anything else for that matter.
 
Dec 6, 2017 05:49:14   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
broncomaniac wrote:
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.


I probably have close to that number, going back fifty years. Thanks to UHH, I learned I can buy one 77mm filter and use it on smaller lenses with step-up rings.

I use clear filters for general protection and polarizers and ND filters when appropriate. I attach them with Xume magnetic adapters so I can have them on or off in less than a second.
Dec 6, 2017 06:29:06   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
I use a clear filter on every one of my lenses save one. The filters are placed on the back of that one. I leave them on 99$% of the time. My preference is B+W. They provide additional protection to the front element of the lens.
--Bob
broncomaniac wrote:
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.
Dec 6, 2017 07:04:50   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
broncomaniac wrote:
I searched here and on Google for reviews and comparisons before posting here because I didn't want to be redundant. Not much luck.

I have 42 filters, which I have assigned to various lenses. I normally keep a UV on each lens but Now I have UV/HAZE filters and I'd love to hear which, if any, other photography buffs use and why. I'd also like to read your thoughts on Tiffen, Hoya and Sunpak filters.

Thanks for looking.


I use NiSi filters in graduated ND and ND filters for effect. Haze and UV filters have no business being on your lens. Lenses are manufactured without these filters attached, and the reason is that lenses are designed to work at their best WITHOUT a UV or HAZE filter. The newest from Nikon is a hardened outer lens coating that allows for easy cleaning. Any filter, regardless of manufacture, degrades IQ of the lens. End of story.
Dec 6, 2017 07:04:52   #
daldds
 
I have a great deal of difficulty with the idea of putting a two figure piece of glass in front of a four figure lens. If you need protection while traveling, there is the lens cap that came with the lens. Other than shooting in a sand storm or something of that nature, I can think of no reason with a digital camera. My photography is both travel and street. My filters are (too expensive) polarizing.
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