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Old May 30th, 2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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UV Filter For Protection?

On my DSLR's I choose not to use the uv filters as I do feel the image quality suffers slightly, and being a CPS member if I ever did have an issue, I get a loaner while my lens is quickly repaired. I have not needed to in 10+ years of being in business. (knock on wood)

I am looking at buying an XF305 and if memory is correct I did use them on my XHA1's and not my my Sony EX1r's.

Wondering what your thoughts are on a camera with a fixed lens?
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Old May 30th, 2011, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: UV Filter For Protection?

I bought one for my XF300 just for protection, but since I don't like adding more glass than is necessary, I only use it when I'm likely to be filming in locations which might pose risks of lens damage such as sand/dust or water (especially seawater)
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Old May 30th, 2011, 01:29 AM   #3
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Thing is, on a DSLR, if the lens gets scratched, just change it and put another lens on, while the damaged one is out getting fixed.

Cams with a fixed lens are different, in that it would lly be a bummer to have to send in the whole cam for a week or two to repair a scratched lens. If you're busy, that down time could cost a lot of income. That is why I always use a UV filter. Cheap insurance.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #4
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There are filters and then again, there are filters.

Huh?

The proper UV or protective filter should not interfere with picture quality.

The experts recommend a double coated UV filter.

This is what I use:B+H filter.

Stay away from clear non-coated UV filters. The cheap filters can make the picture appear as if looking through the bottom of a soda bottle.

The use of a protective filter is essential for cameras without removable lens capability. One small pebble, kicked up from the wind and "hitting" your fixed-lens will result in sending back your entire camera to CANON for a costly repair and place the camera out of service for the amount of time to have the camera fixed.

In closing, a GOOD double-coated UV filter, not only protects the camera and is a cheap insurance policy, but will also "cut-out" the environmental haze-especially in the summer.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #5
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Very good point, I need to get a filter for mine asap.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #6
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The experts recommend a double coated UV filter.
This is what I use:B+H filter.
Lou, would you mind providing a link to the particular B+H filter you use with your Canon? When I try to google B+H UV filter, I get B&H, which seems to sell Tiffen.
I've got a Canon XF100, by the way.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #7
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I think he means B&W filter from B&H. They are excellent quality, as are the Hoyas.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 11:59 PM   #8
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Re: UV Filter For Protection?

Malcolm:

Schneider Optics, makes (or at least distributes) B+W filters. The B+W filters are the round screw-in type. The rectangular filters, for matte box use, are distributed under the Schneider name.
Schneider Optics - Home

And B&H does sell both B+W and Schneider filters.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 06:54 AM   #9
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WOOPS......that is correct. To much B&H on my mind lately. :-)

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I think he means B&W filter from B&H. They are excellent quality, as are the Hoyas.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 08:16 AM   #10
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Thanks guys. I will go with a hi quality filter.
I continue to not use them on my dslr lenses but like said they can be removed.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 04:06 PM   #11
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B&H does sell both B+W and Schneider filters.
UV, Clear & Skylight
Ken, thanks for the link. Now if you and Lou would bear with me for another moment, can you tell me which one of the many B+W UV filters on that page is the right one for my Canon XF100?
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Old May 31st, 2011, 05:03 PM   #12
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Re: UV Filter For Protection?

The Canon XF100 has a 58mm diameter filter ring, so that is the size you should look for.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 05:20 PM   #13
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Re: UV Filter For Protection?

Malcolm,The XF100 has a 58mm threading. I recently had a customer purchase the XF100 here at TapeWorks Texas Inc and for basic protection, he purchased the B+W 66-099542 58MM SLIM CLEAR with Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) filter. For Product infrormaiton, visit https://www.schneideroptics.com/Ecom...D=752&IID=7508 Tapeworks Price for the B+W 66-099542 is $94.95

If you are wanting the UV filter, take a look at the B+W 66-026930 58mm UV Haze (010M) (MRC)
For Product information visit https://www.schneideroptics.com/Ecom...D=752&IID=4000 Tapeworks Price for the B+W 66-026930 is $94.95

For outdoors shooting, the B+W 66-026594 Slim Circular Polarizer with Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) is an excellant choice! For Product infrormaiton, visit https://www.schneideroptics.com/Ecom...=1149&IID=4001
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Old May 31st, 2011, 07:40 PM   #14
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Ahhhh... thanks for the info and the links. I will admit, this kind of thing would be a huge struggle for me, without this kind of help. Some day I hope to repay all these favours, but of course, I first have to master so many of these details (particularly the technical details) that continue to elude me. I live in fear of paying for something that doesn't fit, or doesn't work.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 07:48 PM   #15
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Re: UV Filter For Protection?

Malcom: Here is a link for a less expensive option:


B+W 58mm Skylight KR-1.5 Filter 66-027027 B&H Photo Video

I actually own the one below the multi-coated filter. Mine is double coated and works well.

Anytime you need help, just post here. I give lessons on this camera and MAY be able to help you as much as I can.


I used the double coated UV filter for this YOU TUBE VIDEO on a hazy day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8x09o3iQzI
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