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Re: UV filter - all okay or get what you pay for?

I have done tests on various filters and, especially for long telephoto lenses, cheaper filters can seriously degrade image quality. I show results on my website at http://home.btconnect.com/mike.flemming/filters.htm
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Re: UV filter - all okay or get what you pay for?

That's a really interesting link Mike and a very nicely done comparison. Thanks for posting.
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Re: UV filter - all okay or get what you pay for?

Yes - perfect information for me. I think I shall leave my Bigma front element exposed to the elements, and accept any risks
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Re: UV filter - all okay or get what you pay for?

Great - many thanks for linking that, Mike.
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Re: UV filter - all okay or get what you pay for?

I try and stick with the B+W xs-pro nano, apart from all the other qualities, find them
so much easier to clean.. put it down to the nano coating. If situation allows, I'll still remove filter for series of shots, never noticed any major difference in colour or image quality but perhaps that's a compliment to the filters.

Anybody have experience with Olympus filters, particularly with 40-150mm 2.8 or 300mm f4 ? also wondered if they're manufactured by Olympus themselves.


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Re: UV filter - all okay or get what you pay for?

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I just regard them as a see-through lens cap - a first-line protection for the lens. I'd rather replace a broken filter than a front element.
By coincidence, I had a mishap recently when picking up the camera bag, one of the pockets was not zipped up and a 14-150 mm lens dropped onto a tiled floor. The 32 GBP PL filter shattered, completely ruined, but not the lens. That survived unscathed.
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By coincidence, I had a mishap recently when picking up the camera bag, one of the pockets was not zipped up and a 14-150 mm lens dropped onto a tiled floor. The 32 GBP PL filter shattered, completely ruined, but not the lens. That survived unscathed.
Someone at our camera club had a similar experience; dropped a 2kg lens without the hood on onto pavement; the filter was trashed but lens seemingly completely unscathed apart from filter threads. Which is why I was thinking of filters as protection. But maybe constant use of lens hood would be better for those purposes.
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Someone at our camera club had a similar experience; dropped a 2kg lens without the hood on onto pavement; the filter was trashed but lens seemingly completely unscathed apart from filter threads. Which is why I was thinking of filters as protection. But maybe constant use of lens hood would be better for those purposes.
Thank you for that. I have the hoods, perhaps I ought to start using them.
We only have one camera store in Nairobi, but it is dedicated to Nikon. I went in and asked for canned air/air duster and they had never heard of it. At the moment, I use my breathe and blow ha! onto the filters and a microfiber cloth to clean them with. Ever used washing up liquid?
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