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Old 18th May 2009
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Hi I have just purchased an E-420 and am just finding my way around it.. want to know which is the best uv filter to use on 17-5-45 mm lens. Ta
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Old 19th May 2009
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Some will say "none" (like me).
None of my lenses have an UV filter attached to them.
All you do is putting 2 glass surfaces in front of your front lens, for what ? Protection against damaging the front lens ?

It introduces more flare at times and unless you go to Nepal or other high mountaneous region you will not need UV protection.
I never needed it in the tropic's.

But if you want, get the best: B&W MRC filters.
I got a CPL from them that I occasionaly use.

Just think before you buy !

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Re: E-420

It's hardly worth putting a filter on that particular lens. Save the money and put it towards one of the better short zooms (14-42, 14-54 or 12-60) or a 40-150.
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Old 19th May 2009
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A lens hood improves the picture more by reducing flare and gives better mechanical protection against bumps.
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Re: E-420

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A lens hood improves the picture more by reducing flare and gives better mechanical protection against bumps.
Wholeheartedly agree there Mike. I often wonder why it is that I see many photographers not using a lens hood on their gear. Though I agree that replacing a UV filter can often be far cheaper than having a new front element replaced, using the lens hood significantly reduces the likelihood of damaging the front element.

I do tend to use my hoods all the time, and I don't have UV or skylight filters on all of my lenses.
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Thanks all for your interesting replies..... I think the hood is a goer......
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Thanks all for your interesting replies..... I think the hood is a goer......
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Definitely the way to go. I'd really try to get used to using a lens hood on all your lenses if you can Vikki.

Remember, you can always turn it around and pop it back on to store it.
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Many thanks for that John.....
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Re: E-420

Well I've on all of my lenses an UV-filter. Mainly for protection. Although I always use my hoods. But then again, I "work" mainly outdoors, in a harsh environment. I'm namely an aircraft spotter and thus standing a lot at airports/Air Bases.
This means often a lot of blown up dirt, etc. Especially at those places where planes turn on taxi ways and near the runways.
So, for me it's easier to clean my UV-filter and protect my glass and if necessarily replace the filter, then replace the whole lens. Which is much more expensive then replacing an UV-filter. Even when using a lens hood.
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Well I've on all of my lenses an UV-filter. Mainly for protection. Although I always use my hoods. But then again, I "work" mainly outdoors, in a harsh environment. I'm namely an aircraft spotter and thus standing a lot at airports/Air Bases.
This means often a lot of blown up dirt, etc. Especially at those places where planes turn on taxi ways and near the runways.
So, for me it's easier to clean my UV-filter and protect my glass and if necessarily replace the filter, then replace the whole lens. Which is much more expensive then replacing an UV-filter. Even when using a lens hood.
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Actually it's better to use 2 filters, then if one gets damaged you can take it off and you've still got one filter.

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Actually it's better to use 2 filters, then if one gets damaged you can take it off and you've still got one filter.

Three's even better.
Since most of my lenses are Olympus lenses and all have a diameter of 58mm, I just swap the filter from one of the other lenses that i don't use that much.
Also have a spare in my bag for just in case and if need be just buy a new one. But till date it wasn't necessary to either swap or replace my filters (jet). Only the cleaning after a day of spotting planes.

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Re: E-420

I must admit I've always just shoved a skylight or UV filter on my lenses to protect from scratches etc.

This was something I did with all my old OM lenses and I've just carried on doing it. I've never really bothered using lens hoods.

The logic was; Why scratch a £300-£400 lens, when when you can scratch a £1.20 filter?

I even knew an old photographer, who secured his UV filters with a single drop of superglue on the threads. (Although I think that's a bit excessive!)

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