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Old April 27th, 2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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EX1 Lens Protection?

What are people using to protect the camera's lens?
IR?
UV?

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Old April 27th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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Lens cap. And reasonable care when it's removed.

If you are in a hazardous are when the lens might get hit with liquid spray or dust/grit, the best thing is an optical flat or clear glass filter, preferably with a coating to reduce internal reflections.

I don't use one, but I saw this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...#goto_itemInfo

A UV filter by a good manufacturer is essentially the same. Schneider, for example.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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Big thanks Eric.
I guess I'm wondering if there are people who use an IR filter permanently to deal with the cameras IR beam as well as acting as a lens protector?

Will a filter fit under the lens hood the camera comes with? It's looks as though it will.

Anyone else?
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Old April 27th, 2008, 01:58 PM   #4
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Slim fit filters

I've seen this discussion in another thread, and two things I remember from it were - (1) An argument that professional video lenses are very durable and on film sets they are cleaned several times a day with no ill effect to the front coating of the lens.

And (2) Some people were having problems getting the stock matte box to fit (and I believe some aftermarket adapters) back on with a regular filter and the solution was to use a "slim fit" filter.

You might look around for the thread. If I find it I'll post a link.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #5
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slim fit

I use a slim fit filter and or a slim fit polarizer both from B+W...with the stock sun shade... all good so far.

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Old April 27th, 2008, 02:27 PM   #6
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Cool guys.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #7
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Anyone know if they make this guy in a "slim"?

Schneider 77E CLEAR UV HAZE (010)

http://www.schneideroptics.com/Ecomm...D=681&IID=3234

Here is one:

B+W 77mm UV Haze 010 Glass Filter Slim

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Haze_010.html

Thoughts?

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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:10 AM   #8
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If you only ONE standard filter it doesn't have to be slim. Just the standard type will fit under the sunshade
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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:16 AM   #9
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Thanks Oyvind :)
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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #10
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found out this weekend that a polarized won't fit under the hood.

This camera screams for a mattebox.

I tried to use the one from my Z1 but the mounting block is off center. I called Century Optics and they said that they changed the mount last year and now they have a "universal one" that fits both the Z1 and EX1. It will cost me $400 bucks just to change the block!!! That sucks when the mattebox was already $1600.

Sorry for going off topic!!

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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #11
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hi daniel,

tell me..... would you really want to be packing your matte box around the world with you? size wise?

do you sometimes feel that your camera is already a little imposing in developing countries?
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Old April 30th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #12
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it matters where I go. some places it is not a problem. others I want to be as low profile as possible.

The thing I find myself wanting more than a mattebox is a follow focus.

but I have to work within the limits of trying not to standout.

I think that it would be hard where you are going to use a mattebox and not stand out.

It's funny that that thing that draws the most attention is an off camera mic. That has gotten me into more trouble with security guards and police!!!

In fact I am just using the internal mic on the EX1 so far and it has worked great.

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Old June 25th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #13
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Ok......

The new 77mm B&W UV (MRC) filter arrived........

Has anyone else noticed that this filter seems to look as though it is covered with a salty film that will not wipe off?

Maybe it is just the the way this filter is manufactured...... or could it be that I got someone's old returned one that has been put through a major sand/ salt storm?

Can someone please take a good close look at theirs :)
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #14
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Ok......
The new 77mm B&W UV (MRC) filter arrived........

Has anyone else noticed that this filter seems to look as though it is covered with a salty film that will not wipe off?
Something is wrong. I bought the high end B+W MRC filter, and I could barely see the glass. Do you have the UV Haze 010 MRC?
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #15
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Yes I have the same one as you.

I wouldn't say anything is wrong...... I just think that this is the UV & MRC coating that is on the glass.

Hoping for someone to confirm...... Any takers?
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