UV Filters? Necessary with digital?

10 years 5 months ago #47576 by CrashCarson
Okay, So i was fortunate enough to get my dads old Minolta 9000 with lenses and filters. He has always been about quality (which is something i have acquired) so with that i have 2 new UV filters and 2 polarizers. With digital, does the use of UV filters still help? (I've heard they do and don't) The filters are B+W. I keep them on for more of a protectant...so if the UV part doesn't help would using a generic filter be any different as a protector for the lens? Thanks


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10 years 5 months ago #47615 by Screamin Scott
I'm of the camp that uses filters only when I'm looking for a certain effect....I don't use "protective" filters, I use the hood & lens cap for my "protection". UV filters are not needed when shooting digital...B&W is a good brand, but be aware that just like any other manufacturer, they have different grades of filters that they sell...You can't always go on just the brand name alone...

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10 years 4 months ago - 10 years 4 months ago #47659 by arkady001
Belt & Braces here: lens hoods and 'protection' filters - most of which are UV - digital capture doesn't require the use of a UV filter per se - I use mine to mitigate aginst dirt and debris attaching to the front element.
As Scott says: most manufacturers have different quality filters in their inventory - always buy the best you can afford.

Hoya HMC, Hoya-Pro1 and B&W's 'expensive' range are the best.


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10 years 4 months ago #47709 by CarusoPhoto
I know that this is one of those polarizing topics (no pun intended). For my part, I always use a uv filter when I'm not using any other kind (polarizer, ND, etc.). For me, it's an issue of protection: from dust, smudges, cracks, scrapes, and so on. Also, some weather sealed lenses are only fully weather sealed when there is a filter attached.

I have one of those horror stories: a few years ago I was on a photo shoot when my lens tipped over and hit the cement. Luckily it hit right on the edge of the front, bending the rim of the filter. Sure, it was a 77mm circular polarizer, but was still much cheaper to replace than my 24-70 lens!

Of course, there are always caveats. As already mentioned, do go cheap. Cheap filters will have a negative effect on IQ. B+W are fine filters, and the ones I use. Also, I always choose multi-coated uv filters to cut down on flare.

I hope that helps!


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