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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    Good 52mm Lens Protector?

    I purchased a cheapo $5 Tiffen 52mm UV Filter to protect my lenses, however I'm getting glare issues when taking pictures that have a lighted object in them.

    As you can see above the flame reflects/glares onto another part of the photo, this has also happened with picture that had spotlights or car lights, etc. So my question is, can anyone recommend a lens protector that won't do this? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    The more glass you introduce the potential for problems increases. I would skip the UV altogether, keep the lens cap on when not shooting and perhaps get a lens hood.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    I'm part of the other school of thought and always keep a UV on, execpt on my 50 1.8 because its such a cheap lens, a good uv would cost more about half of the lens itself.

    That being said, i usually don't buy the cheapest UV because you get problems like what you have, i don't go for the most expensive either tho, a good Hoya/B&W will do the job really.

    Tiffen is on the lower end, so buying something cheap from them is pretty low on the quality scale.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    It's not the filter's job to completely eliminate lens glares and flares. A cheap filter might cause lots of flare though.
    However, if you point your camera at a strong source of light you tend to get flares, whether you have a filter or not.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Exeter, UK
    If you must fit a "protection" filter when you have bright light in, or just outside, the frame, a good quality filter such as a Hoya Pro1 will have better coatings, which will help to reduce flare.

    Personally, I don't use filters for protection unless I'm shooting somewhere with extreme risk, e.g. on a beach with wind blown sand and spray. Then I take account of the increased risk of flare in my composition.

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