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Old February 14th, 2002, 02:57 PM   #1
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I think I'm going to get a UV filter. mainly to protect the lens. Does anyone see a problem with that? It's is a 72mm ? It looks like around $30 most places
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Old February 14th, 2002, 03:04 PM   #2
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Re: UV filter

<<<-- Originally posted by Zimvg304 : I think I'm going to get a UV filter. mainly to protect the lens. Does anyone see a problem with that? It's is a 72mm ? It looks like around $30 most places -->>>

Without that UV filter you risk scratching your lens. Unless you have removeable lenses, that euates to a very expensive papaer weight...

Protecting the lens via a UV filter was the first and I mean first thing I did when I pulled my Sony from the box.

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Old February 14th, 2002, 07:59 PM   #3
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Ditto. It's an essential. I highly recommend, however, that you get a good quality UV filter. By that I mean one that has excellent coatings to minimize flare and internal reflections between the lens and the filter (as well as to reduce bluish haze from atmospheric UV diffusion). I can't tell you how many times folks have griped about their XL1's lens flare only to discover that the problem was their cheapo UV filter. A good UV filter for the XL1 will run around $60. Remember, the UV filter will be the first element that photons will hit at your lens. The rest of the lens' elements get the left-overs.
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Old February 14th, 2002, 08:30 PM   #4
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I've got to ask the what and where question. What is the name of the company that makes the $60 filter and where did you buy it?

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Old February 14th, 2002, 09:01 PM   #5
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What: There are several good brands. I like B+W (Schneider Optics) which makes several strengths of UV filters. The 010 MRC is my standard protective filter.

Where: B&H Photo

Schneider also makes clear protective filters.
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Old February 16th, 2002, 12:13 PM   #6
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filter isnt standard in xl1s?

I thought the xl1s comes with a filter already on the lense.
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Old February 16th, 2002, 12:43 PM   #7
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Howdy from Texas,

<< I thought the xl1s comes with a filter already on the lense. >>

You're thinking about the Neutral Density filter, where there's a switch on the side of the lens to turn it on or off. The internal Neutral Density filter is a different kind of filter than what's being discussed here, and it's deep inside the lens anyway.

What we're talking about here is a round UV filter that screws onto the end of the lens, and protects the front of the lens from smudges and scratches. If this UV filter ever does get scratched, just replace it for less than $100. If the front element of the XL1 lens ever gets scratched, it's very expensive repair. A UV fliter is like an insurance policy for your lens, and it's the only external filter you really need when you're first starting out.
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Old February 17th, 2002, 10:24 AM   #8
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Hello all,

I just wanted to add that I have been very happy with Nikon L37c UV-haze filters (you can get them at <http://www.bhphotovideo.com>). What I like particularly - apart from the excellent optical coatings - is that the rim of the filter is very low profile. This comes in very handy when using extreme wide-angle lenses. The filters are made in many different sizes...

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Old February 17th, 2002, 10:59 AM   #9
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Just to add my 2 cents: I was on a shoot in the middle Mexico about a year ago and had nothing with me but the basic XL1 kit, no filters, no protection bag (I was young and dumb then). There were lots of dust, dirt, I shot out of driving cars, holding the camera out of the window (just inches above the street) and praying that no wrongguided stone would hit my lens. The only things I had for cleaning was some lens tissue and a mouthful of breath to blow the dust from my camera. Maybe I was just the luckiest jackass on the planet but I got away from there without having a single scratch nor even a shadow on my lens.

This lens can take a lot of abuse. But in the meantime I do have my filter and never take it off, because it calmes you nerves and keeps you from having a heart attack if really something happens...

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Old February 17th, 2002, 11:14 AM   #10
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Wow, what a story Peter... no wonder you use a UV filter all the time now, because you really tempted fate there in Mexico.

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