UV Filters for camcorder

9 years 8 months ago #34911 by Clicky
I bought a uv filter for my camcorder primarily to protect the lens from getting scratched. I know that UV filters are supposed to take some of the haze out of your daylight shots but I haven't noticed a difference at all. It's nothing compared to the difference I see with a polarizing filter.


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9 years 8 months ago #34912 by Take my pic
It could make a difference if it was hazy and also the blueish cast in open shade, at least with film.


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9 years 8 months ago #34914 by Po0S
Polarizers don't remove haze, they remove glare/reflections. This tends to saturate colors and darken blue skies perpendicular to the arc that the sun travels (if you are facing towards or directly away from the sun, polarizers don't do much, if the sun is directly to your left or right, you get max effect). Polarizers block at least 2 stops of light.

UV filters block UV which isn't even part of the visible spectrum (at least for humans). But scattering UV can cause a hazy look. In some situations this is unnoticable, but in others it can greatly affect your images. I have noticed more UV haze in the mountains and in bigger cities. I don't always shoot with the UV on, sometimes the haze is what I'm after.


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9 years 8 months ago #34916 by Clicky
Thanks Po0S, now I know what a UV filter is used for.


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9 years 8 months ago #36050 by Stealthy Ninja
Filters on video... please keep it clean or you'll notice objects moving/not moving which are on the filter.

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