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p.1 #1 · Filters?


Hey guys!

So, I'm just a little ignorant on my filters. Usually when I've gotten a lens I've managed to get a filter with it.
I recently purchased a new 24 1.4L II and I need to get a filter for it

I bought a cheap one that was terrible. Bad bad bad all around.

What's good for protection? Budget isn't too much of an issue if I only need to get it once
Anything I should look for specifically? And anything to avoid?

Thanks guys!

-James



Dec 12, 2011 at 03:47 PM
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I normally don't use protection filters, except when I'm in a hostile environment with blowing sand, salt water spary, and similar threats. In these circumstances, I use B+W MRC UV-haze 010M and B+W MRC #007 Protection Clear filters. I have far fewer protection filters than lenses.


Dec 12, 2011 at 05:04 PM
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Thanks! That helps a little...
Anyone else have some input?

-James



Dec 13, 2011 at 06:49 PM
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The Nikon NC filters are just the ticket, multi-coated clear filter and well made. However, don't get fooled into thinking a filter will protect the front element, the lens hood does way more than a filter ever could in the protection department. So your mantra should be, attach the hood, attach the hood.


Dec 13, 2011 at 06:59 PM
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I find a hood works as well as a filter on normal days. Im too skeptical of filters interfering with picture quality.
However, I did purchase a Cokin Holder system with a GND, CPL, and ND filters.
If I don't need a filter, my lens is bare.



Dec 16, 2011 at 06:14 PM
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the term "hostile environment" can cover a whole lotta situations. since i do work in just those variables its on and remains on unless something dictates its needed removal. i haven't really found one yet during use.


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I use the same B+W as well. I've heard good things about Nikon's filters as well.

I'd get a CPOL while you're at it. I've had very good luck on the Buy/Sell forum here - all of my filters have been purchased from FM B&S.



Dec 16, 2011 at 10:58 PM
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jcolwell wrote:
I normally don't use protection filters, except when I'm in a hostile environment with blowing sand, salt water spary, and similar threats. In these circumstances, I use B+W MRC UV-haze 010M and B+W MRC #007 Protection Clear filters. I have far fewer protection filters than lenses.


+1 On B+W (Have on all my lenses that can take filters)



Dec 16, 2011 at 11:03 PM
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jrfry wrote:
Thanks! That helps a little...
Anyone else have some input?

-



The ONLY time the front element of one of my lenses was damaged, it was because a filter broke and scratched up my lens. I don't use filters except in very extreme conditions. I think they're just as apt to cause serious damage as not. For protection? I use the lenscap. It's tough enough to stop a pellet from a pellet rifle. I also use lenshoods every time. They deflect a lot of crap. I've also had a number of important shots ruined (flare, ghosting) because I had a stupid filter on. I threw them away.


Kent in SD



Dec 17, 2011 at 01:25 AM
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this is like an annual snow ball fight


Dec 17, 2011 at 01:46 AM
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I also like B+W filters. I might slightly favor Hoya's Super HMC and Pro-1 series. I haven't tried their new HD series, but they look great. Basically, for me it's Hoya and B+W.

Whenever possible, I don't use a filter, but always try to use a lens hood in that case. For cheaper lenses, under $500, I don't worry much about damage.



Dec 18, 2011 at 02:05 AM





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