Poll Results: How many photographers actually have a UV filter on their lenses at all times?

9 years 4 months ago #131054 by PhotographyTalk
Yesterdays Facebook poll asked the question: " How many photographers actually have a UV filter on their lenses at all times?".

We had 495 photographers vote on this question and the numbers are in, with a winning vote of 318 photographers who said they DO use a UV filter at all times. So it looks like 177 were with out UV filter.


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9 years 4 months ago #131084 by McBeth Photography
I'm one of the minority that thinks the protection factor for lenses is overrated when using a UV filter...use the hood and things will be fine. :thumbsup:

It is what it is.

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9 years 4 months ago #131443 by MLKstudios
I'm behind the minority 100%. Hope that doesn't make them the majority?

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9 years 4 months ago #131448 by Stealthy Ninja
I had my bag drop recently shattering the protective filter I had on the front (trying to keep moisture out, not relying on it for drop protection.

The hood I had on did nothing to help (because it was on backwards).

HOWEVER the Think Tank™holster I had it in stopped the camera and lens from being damaged. Thanks Think Tank™.

We've discussed this before, never rely on a filter for drop protection, it's to keep dust/sand/moisture out... I was just unlucky and wasn't trying to have it as a drop protection.

Now, I don't have a filter on any of my lenses at the moment. My lenses are mainly weather sealed so I don't need a filter most of the time. Though I might grab one for the 105 micro as that seems to not be sealed... and I might get anotherone to replace the one on the 28-300 (which had it's UV filter smashed).

BTW when my uv filter smashed, the front element wasn't damaged at all. It's really hard to damage a front element. I'm more worried about dust/moisture getting in the lens...

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9 years 4 months ago #131450 by robbie
I don`t use filters for protection of the lens,I will use it for photographic use if needed though.


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9 years 4 months ago #133391 by Borrowlenses
Every one of our lenses goes out with a UV filter. Also, I've shot with and without them (sometimes I take them off, sometimes I am lazy) and don't really see a difference. To each his own but I think it's smart to protect the lens.

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9 years 4 months ago #134959 by Dragonflies
Well it's the 70-200mm and certain wide angle lenses that will be effected more with vignetting from having a filter on them


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9 years 4 months ago - 9 years 4 months ago #135001 by Henry Peach
Here's a link to a Flickr conversation where a fellow claims he was advised by Canon reps not to use UV filters.

www.flickr.com/groups/canon_50mm/discuss/72157603907741669/

"I attended a Canon sales event at Calumet in San Francisco a while back and the two Canon reps said that they have begun recommending lens hoods and no lens filter. Canon technicians gave them a very involved technical reason, but when they started doing their own tests, they were instantly convinced that a filter lowers sharpness and provides problems like reflections. ... Do what they suggested: go outside and photograph a tree with and without a filter. The results will be clear. " -Michael Martin

I think that advice is good: go out and do your own testing. See if it's a problem for your photography. I regularly get told about problems I don't seem to have, and have problems that don't seem to affect others. You have to check for yourself, even if using the same gear, because maybe you are doing something a little bit different or are facing a different situation. Digital makes personal testing easier than ever. If I owned a UV filter I'd try it myself, but I stopped using them long ago, and don't think I own any that will fit my DSLR lenses.

Here's an old article, 2006, but it has some test shot examples.

www.shootsmarter.com/will-crockett-artic...ion-good-idea-or-not

Lot's of other great stuff at shootsmarter.com too.

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9 years 4 months ago #135016 by chasrich
If one filter is bad then you might cut down the testing time and try stacking UV filters... eventually I bet you get a noticeable difference. I'll still use a UV when the environment is such that a lens hood won't protect it like a windy day at the beach.:woohoo:

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9 years 4 months ago #135680 by Joves
I have an old 77mm UV filter I use for a drink coaster. If I use any for protection against dust and water, I use the Clears. The only other filters I use are for effect and not for protection.


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9 years 3 months ago #145032 by Archie
You know I have kept filter on my lenses to keep the glass from getting scratches. Recently I have been thinking this isn't necessary and questioning if needed.

Would like to know how many of you keep a filter on your lens at all time for protection?


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9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 3 months ago #145036 by Stealthy Ninja
Merged Archie's topic with this one.

Next time please consult this:
www.photographytalk.com/forum/new-to-pho...re-starting-a-thread

Thanks.

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9 years 3 months ago #145065 by MLKstudios
Time for some ninja training, SN.

Archie replied to advice given on this thread. He didn't start a new one.

Chill.

:)

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