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    UV Filters...... are they really useful???



    UV Filters..... aside from the fact that they offer some sort of protection from scratches and are a requirement for some lens to complete the wtaer sealing..... Do we really get better pictures when we use them??? [presuming of course every other aspect of the shot was done right] Does it really cut glare???

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    Not with a dSLR, no. Film is sensitive to UV wavelengths, but digital camera sensors are not. When used on a dSLR lens, a UV filter is equivalent to a clear protection filter. However, UV filters of the same diameter are often slightly cheaper (supply and demand and also somewhat due to production costs), and they are also more available - so they're more commonly used than clear filters for those reasons, but not due to image capture.


    It is important to note that while a UV filter does not make pictures better, it can make them worse - so if you're going to use them, use high quality ones (B+W MRC, the high end of the Hoya line).





    Personally, I use B+W MRC UV filters on all my lenses. In addition to added protection, a filter is easier to clean than the lens, and if you inadvertently leave a dust spec on there when you rub, a scratch costs you filter and not a front element.

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    oh so UV filters are more in the line of protection rather than better picture quality...


    yes I use B+W they are quite expensive [ thats why I am asking.... hehehe:] compared to the tons of cheap stuff out there but like you said filters don

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    Re: UV Filters...... are they really useful???



    Quote Originally Posted by jks_photo


    oh so UV filters are more in the line of protection rather than better picture quality...


    yes I use B+W they are quite expensive [ thats why I am asking.... hehehe:] compared to the tons of cheap stuff out there but like you said filters don't improve the pic but can and might degrade the pic ture so use high quality.
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    Exactly.

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    A light-hearted point of view can be found here:


    darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/.../six-silly-uses-of-the-uv-filters

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    I use Hoya Pro1 clear protection filters on all my lenses. UV filters really don
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    Well here

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    Im poor and wish i could buy a filter for some of my lenses, and sometimes when i reach for my camera, hanging off to my side, i put a finger print on the front of the lens . Doesn

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    I don

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