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  1. #1
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    Polarizers and UVs...on all lenses?

    Quick questions, do I need polarizers and UV filters for all my lenses?

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    If the past threads on this subject are any indication - you'll get as many one way as the other. Personally, I stick nothing on the front of any of my lenses. I do use lens hoods on all of them tho. Polarizers have their use, but IMO a UV filter is a waste of $.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Thompson View Post
    If the past threads on this subject are any indication - you'll get as many one way as the other. Personally, I stick nothing on the front of any of my lenses. I do use lens hoods on all of them tho. Polarizers have their use, but IMO a UV filter is a waste of $.
    2nd that.
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    LoL. I knew this was going to head that way, let's put it this way. Whether they work or not, let's just say if it did something for the lens? Do you purchase one UV/Polarizer for all lens or do you just buy it for specific lens mmL?

    I guess, you can buy one for each but that would cost more $$$ versus time it would take to keep switching them if they have the same side?

    Either way, I'm just reaching out for some opinions.

    Sometimes, a little insight and experience can sway a person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24Peter View Post
    2nd that.
    3rd that.

    I have CPLs in three different sizes: 52mm, 72mm, and 77mm (one of each). No UVs.
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    Can one 4th something?

    I'm for using filters for what they are designed for. So, filtering light.
    UV when you are in high altitude, more needed for film than for digital, but still.

    I'd only "protect" the lens with some extra layer of glass when for instance fine sand is blowinga round, or something like that.

    When cleaning a lens, use a soft lens brush (to get dust/sand off it first) and lens cleaning fuild and soft lens cleaning cloth.
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    5th over here.
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    Crazy people! LoL.

    Ok ok, I get the point, UV is not really a thing to have but if I needed to protect my lens, a UV lens is a way to go but it won't really do much for my pictures. Nevertheless, circular polarized lens is...

    I guess I won't be opening any of my UV lens' that I have ordered. Freaking B&H throwing it in there lol, returning those.

    So back to the question, should I be getting polarize lens for all my lenses? They are freaking expensive!

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    Start with a good circular pol. filter on the "standard zoom" lens. You acn familiarize yourself with what it can be used for, and determine if you like that.

    I like darkening skies for dramatic effect, and giving autumn colours some extra "pop" with a pol. filter.
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    polarising filters are not there for lens protection. they are there for a specific effect.
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