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Old 22nd December 2012
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A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

There have been numerous threads about the virtues or otherwise of keeping a UV or similar filter on your lenses. I have always been in the 'put one on and keep it there' camp and thank goodnes for that!

I have just lifted up my bag to replace my camera believing it to be secured using the side straps. I lost a flash a couple of years ago lifting an open bag out of my boot and thought I had learnt a lesson, supposedly ALWAYS making sure it was either zipped or strapped closed. I had secured one strap (what use was that! ) and it left just enough room for my 50-200 to slip out of the side. Of course, according to Murphy's Law, instead of it falling a foot or so onto a soft carpet it landed on the metal frame of my computer chair accompanied by a gut-wrenching smashing sound. I feared the worst but found the fitted UV filter had taken the full impact and had shattered (the lens cover was on and undamaged). Luckily there was no damage to the lens front element and the lens appears to be functioning fine.

So through my own stupidity I am a 30 Hoya Pro 1D out of pocket rather than an 800+ lens and feeling mightily happier than I might have been. I have already ordered a replacement filter and the lens will not be out of the bag until it arrives.

I know there is no accounting for my stupidity but accidents do happen and hopefully this may persuade those members who are not sure of the value of a protective filter that sometimes they may just pay for themselves several times over.

A merry Christmas to you all - I will enjoy mine more than I might have.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

If you'd have had 2 protective filters fitted you could still be using the lens.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

I tend to be in the "never fit a filter, the lens cap will protect the lens" camp. However, a few years ago I dropped one of my C-8080s and fortunately it did have a UV filter on it. The filter was wrecked but not a mark on the camera's lens. Since then I have had a couple of lenses acquire very slight scratches on the front element when putting in/taking out of bag in a hurry.

Thing is, I wont put anything on a lens when taking pictures unless it's absolutely necessary for the shot (i.e. NDs, polarisers) and taking protectors on and off becomes a pain when you are in a hurry.

I guess the moral is to be extra careful and take your time, but life ain't always like that

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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

Some of the old timers on here may remember the motorsports photographer Don Morley, he was a columnist in photo mags in the 70's and 80's. I remember him telling the story of dropping his new 300mm f/2.8 in mud, wiping the front element off with his T shirt and continue shooting.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

To protect or not protect, that is the question. In fact, it is a question that can never be answered becuase their are equally good reasons to support either arguement. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

I never fit a protective filter : if my Olympus lenses drop onto computer chairs I expect them to destroy the chair and carry on smiling.

Perhaps I'm being naiive?

(I'm not talking about the new breed of m4/3rds flimsy girly stuff)
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

Phew close shave Steve, glad the lens is alright!
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

Glad things turned out well, but, a cautionary tale. I dropped my Mk1 70-200mm and broke the filter. The lens appeared to be undamaged and worked fine.
About 3 weeks later it seized solid, the motors had burned out due to a tiny missallignment caused by the accident. I took it in for repair, but unfortunatly it had to be written off. They showed me some very faint score marks on the barrel caused by the damage.
I suggest you keep an eye on the lens in order to avoid my problem. If I had had it checked before it all seized, or just checked it myself, the realignment was eminently possible.

I fit cheap filters to all my lenses but remove them before shooting.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

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If you'd have had 2 protective filters fitted you could still be using the lens.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

Glad to hear (hopefully) your lens is OK. I'm generally in the camp of using filters, but my M.ZD60mm macro lens (girly lens to Ulfric ) has a generic Leica vented lens hood screwed on instead, so I hope that takes care of that lens.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

I only have filters on when I need them, ND's polariser maybe. I keep the lens cap on when camera not in use.
I did have a 50-200mm fall off a tripod once, not secured properly, cost me a £100 for Oly to repair.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

Stangely enough I have been somewhat converted to fitting a filter. About three years ago I bought a Leica M8. These cameras are so excessively sensitive to infra red that it is desirable, almost essential, to fit an IR/UV cut filter permanently and I have found that its much less worry to wipe some rain drops or dirt off a £40 filter than a £1000 lens.
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Re: A Salutary Lesson (and a great deal of gross stupidity!)

Three of my regularly used lenses (and a fourth not used as much) don't have filter threads. The need to fit protective filters must limit some peoples choice of lenses.
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