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    Hello guys.

    How do you protect your lens? Do you use UV filter or only lens cap?

    Thanks.


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    So i assume no one use protection :P


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    The only time I use something to protect the front lens element during a shoot, is on a shot which requires it.


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    I use clears or UVs on all my pricey glass, and on my pricey "video" cameras with attached lenses. Mainly because I'll pick up a camera and go to a party or club occasionally, or take a shot around the house, sometimes test a new light or something.

    For run & gun event type of gigs, the filters stay on. I really rarely see any difference, and it's mainly in how flares look. and those kind of gigs, gear gets bumped around a lot more than usual.

    For something really pretty/cinematic, more planned, and particularly indoors, I tend to take them off.


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    Thank you both for your replies.

    Michael which brand you use for UVs? I opened this topic because i bought recently 2 expensive lenses (Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4) and i was thinking about buying UVs filters for those lenses.

    If you barely see any difference, i assume you use a top brand like Hoya?


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    I generally do keep a B&W Sky 1A uv filter on my fixed lens Canon and my 12-120 Angie on the D16. It does help color purity shooting outdoor daylight scenes and I do like the protection. Sometimes take them off for interiors.


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    Ask 20 people, you will get 20 different answers.

    To the OP, if you feel you need one on your lenses then by all means.

    In my case, I'm careful with my gear, stuck in my ways, and a wee bit frugal. If I were to add a quality UV filter to all my lenses it would cost over $3K.


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    I routinely use Hoya Pro HD Protective (UV) filters on my Zeiss ZF.2s for event work and feel a bit uneasy if I'm not using one on my lens, especially in situations where the elements (wind/rain) or people (especially kids) could potentially be unkind to the lens. For narrative, in controlled situations and with crew I trust, I run without filters.


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    Thank you guys!

    norvan5 what about image quality? Do you see any difference?


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