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Old March 5th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #1
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Do you guys use an UV filter on your camcorder all the time? Should I always keep it on my Sony HDR-FX7?

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Old March 5th, 2007, 05:50 AM   #2
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The lens on your camera is expensive and costly to replace or repair.

The front element of the lens is probably multi-coated. As such, it is moderately delicate and moderately difficult to clean.

While a lens can be cleaned, it is best to never get it dirty.

Also, depending on what you are shooting, some flying object may hit your lens.

Overall, it is best to keep a filter on your lens at all times. This way your lens is protected from objects, fingerprints, dust and dirt. You can clean your filter.

If the filter gets broken or too dirty to clean, you can replace it.

If the value of what you are recording far exceeds the value of your lens (and/or camera), and you want the absolute best image, then you can remove the filter for the shot and take your chances.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:23 AM   #3
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I keep a UV filter on my VX2100 whenever possible, it does a great job. Only problem I have is that it can affect how lights appear in your shot - sometimes the nice 'starburst' effect is good, but sometimes it's not.

Also, when dealing with bright light, if I'm not careful I get a reflection of the lens in the filter at certain angles. I'm not sure if that's because it is a cheapo $15 filter or if that is something that will always happen no matter how good the filter is.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #4
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You should never, never,never put a cheap filter on.

What is the point in buying a good cam if you put some crap in front of the lens.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:35 AM   #5
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Also, when dealing with bright light, if I'm not careful I get a reflection of the lens in the filter at certain angles. I'm not sure if that's because it is a cheapo $15 filter or if that is something that will always happen no matter how good the filter is.
You might try a Hoya Super Multi Coated UV filter. They're reasonably low in price and should cut down on the reflections considerably.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 12:14 PM   #6
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Was 5.95 too cheap? Possibly. I had no idea what makes a good filter and what doesn't, I thought I'd give it a go. It's still kept a good few splashes off the lens.

Robert - the Hoya filters seem quite reasonably priced, around 13/$20, I'm not sure if this is still considered 'cheap'. One of my usual suppliers has a Tiffen UV filter for around $30, which is still reasonable.

Is the $20-$30 range still considered too cheap? I'm having difficulty finding anything more expensive at any of the UK online suppliers, without going into silly 'pro' prices.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 12:22 PM   #7
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I considered my 80 dollars well spent on the B&W filter in front of my 16x manual.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #8
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Aha - I've found a UK supplier for B+W, Hoya and Canon filters.

Now to add to the confusion, I've found out that they have clear protective filters as well, and a search of the DVinfo forums reveals mixed opinions on which is better, whether to go for UV or clear, or whether we should use filters at all!

I think I'll try a B+W UV filter, and then maybe later have a go with a clear protective filter, as pocket money permits.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 12:27 PM   #9
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OK, I took delivery of a Hoya Super HMC Pro 1 today priced approx $60. It's ultra thin and ultra good! I can still get the lens reflection effect, except it's very slight and I have to try very very hard to get it.

So top tip - thanks, guys!
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You might try a Hoya Super Multi Coated UV filter. They're reasonably low in price and should cut down on the reflections considerably.
I agree with Robert. I have the Hoya Super Multi Coated UV Haze filter, and I think it was a good investment. I always leave it on to protect the lense.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 09:47 PM   #11
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My camera came with a tiffen UV filter. I leave it on pretty much all the time. Opinions on this filter brand?
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Old March 14th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #12
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To the best of my knowledge, Tiffen doesn't make any premium UV filters.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 09:38 AM   #13
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Hi guys

Do you guys use an UV filter on your camcorder all the time? Should I always keep it on my Sony HDR-FX7?

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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #14
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I have not gotten my video eqpt yet but I have a B+W MRC filters on all my photographic lenses. They are superbly made and the glass is way tougher than that of the Hoya HMC Supers that I have used and thrown. Heliopan and Schneider are the other great ones. I leave them on most of the time other than when shooting against the sun where flare will be obvious and reducing any pieces of glass will always help.

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