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Bluedog
04-17-2005, 12:40 AM
thats the question, mainly as a general protection filter and thanks.

jeisner
04-17-2005, 01:08 AM
On some of my lenses I use Hoya S-HMC UV filters for protection... I don't use them on my wide angle lenses day to day as to avoid adding vignetting or flare.. Although I do have extra filters in my bag for my wide angles for harsh environments (on the coast to avoid salt spray)...

Skylight filters have a pink tint and are usefull on film but on digital the white balance control will somewhat cancel the effect...

ReF
04-17-2005, 02:09 AM
i use the same thing as jeisner. skylights usually have a pink or yellow tone to them and while white balance adjustments may possibly counter the effect, i'm not sure why anyone would bother testing that theory since we have clear UV filters.

Rhys
04-17-2005, 08:07 AM
I used to use skylight filters on my 35mm kit. Then I started using Hoya MC UV filters and got sharper pictures. Then I took all the filters off and had stunningly sharp pictures so I tossed the filters in the trash and put the lens cap on when I'm not actually taking a photo or looking through the lens.

With my digital cameras, I have to switch them off in order for the lens to retract but that's no biggie and it does save power.

Bluedog
04-17-2005, 08:57 AM
I used to use skylight filters on my 35mm kit. Then I started using Hoya MC UV filters and got sharper pictures. Then I took all the filters off and had stunningly sharp pictures so I tossed the filters in the trash and put the lens cap on when I'm not actually taking a photo or looking through the lens.

Thats the situation I was in also. Four older Minolta Lenses all with Skylight Filters ... guess I'll just pass on any for my new setup.

gary_hendricks
04-17-2005, 10:45 AM
thats the question, mainly as a general protection filter and thanks.

I use the Hoya S-HMC UV filters for protection.

Bluedog
04-17-2005, 01:45 PM
I use the Hoya S-HMC UV filters for protection.

Of these two which would be a better choice for my Sigma 18-125mm:

Hoya 62mm Haze UV(0) (S-HMC) Super Multi-Coated Glass Filter (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=94131&is=REG)

Hoya 62mm UV Haze (HMC) Multi-Coated Glass Filter - Ultra Thin (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=153374&is=REG)

jeisner
04-17-2005, 04:27 PM
The 18-125 already suffers from vignetting (darkening of corners) at 18mm, so any extra length will simply make this worse. So out of the two you listed I would use the ultra thin... Although as I prefer not to use filters on wide angle lenses and as the 18-125 is not a particularily expensive lens, and doesn't hold its value well (reselling on ebay) I don't bothr with a filter on it...

palmbook
04-18-2005, 01:35 AM
I use none of two items above. However, C-PL comes to my favor instead.

My reply might seem to be useless. To make it up, these are great resources for you.

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/filter/filter-UV.html

http://www.photo.net/equipment/filters/

http://www.nikonians.org/html/resources/guides/uv_haze_skylight/uv_haze_skylight_filters1.html

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-feb-05.shtml

Bluedog
04-18-2005, 05:00 AM
I use none of two items above. However, C-PL comes to my favor instead.

My reply might seem to be useless. To make it up, these are great resources for you.



Thanks those do provide very good info, especially Mike Johnston's article.

mcenut
04-19-2005, 12:37 PM
I've used a UV filter on my lens for protection since my first SLR camera I purchased in 1984. I used to not care the brand I used, but for my latest Digital SLR I selected the B+W UV line. It cost's a bit more but I think it is the best filter available.