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Old October 3rd, 2003, 10:33 AM   #1
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uv filter for GL2?

Just wondering if it's a good idea to have a protective filter on the GL2 at all times, and, this may be a stupid question, but can I use any 58mm UV filters made for still camera lenses, or are there specific filters for camcorders?
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 12:08 PM   #2
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A UV can be used on a still cam or video cam. It's a good move to keep one on to keep the lens protected.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 12:37 PM   #3
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There are lots of opinions on whether to use protective glass at all times, and I am beginning to believe the moderators who suggest not adding glass to the front of the GL2 when unnecessary. I think the image quality is better without anything, but you may want to check into insurance. I shoot in a state of peace knowing my deducible is $0.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 01:15 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot--by the way, what's the deal with that "tourist" thing...
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 04:39 PM   #5
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Vladimir,

The "tourist" thing will go away with future participation in this forum. In general, the guys with lots of posts produce lots of useful advise.

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Old October 4th, 2003, 03:17 AM   #6
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uv filters and such

here are some thoughts on the subject that rears its ugly head so regularly ;)...

It's smart to protect your main lens as much as you can and keeping a filter on it is good protection. My filter was nicked just last month. I have NO idea how it happened. I am meticulous, but I was on a river raft trip so it saved my camera.
BUT
Poor filters throw money at something that degrades your lens and makes your multi-thousand dollar investment worth a whole lot less. So NEVER buy cheap filters. Get B&W or other high-end filters.
Keep it scrupulously clean. The very high dof of digital video means that tiny specks on a filter can be visible so keeping your lens and filter perfectly clean is critical.
Do NOT use a filter if you are shooting with the sun anywhere to the front or front side of you if you can avoid it. The odds of showing flare and imperfections/spots on the filter becomes much greater.
So keep a lens pen and a micro fiber cloth with you at all times and use and remove the filter as appropriate.
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