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Clear Filter on 12-40mm/2.8 Pro?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by RobDMB, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. RobDMB

    RobDMB Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2013
    I was wondering how many people use a clear protective filter on their nice lenses such as the 12-40mm/2.8 Pro? Is it necessary? If so, any recommendations? Thanks.
  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I fall into the camp of no filters on any of my lenses 99% of the time. If I am shooting in an environment where I think I might need something to protect the front element, then I might use something - but to have it on there all the time...no. I do use the lens hood, though.
  3. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    I have one.
    This lens was mounted on a not stable tripod, which fell. lens lended on front element from approx 2 meter high. The mounted ND filter was a bit damaged. So.....
  4. carlosfm

    carlosfm Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 3, 2015
    Lisbon, Portugal
    About a month ago I bought a Hoya Fusion antistatic UV filter, I find it quite good and the dust doesn't even land there, as claimed.
    It is a very recent product, not sure if you can find it easily.
    They also have a protective filter:

    HOYA | The Difference is Clear
  5. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    I use it on all lenses that can have them when i´m on motorsportevents. This UVfilter saved my Oly 75mm F1.8 from a flying stone last year.
    I´d say go for a known brand and pay as much as you think it´s worth ( there´s quite big diffirense in quality so you get what you pay for).

    E-M1    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/1.8    1/4000s    ISO 200
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  6. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    quite convincing
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  7. RobDMB

    RobDMB Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2013
    How is the Olympus Pro Protective Filter - the PRF-ZD62? I could get it at a good price.
  8. I use a clear on all my glass...either Hoya or B&W. The piece of mind is worth it. If you're worried about loss of image quality...don't. If you can't get past that, just take it off for the real killer shots. If you're in a fairly clean setting, then you'll be alright without it...but many of us are walking around in places where ambient dust and crap are all over the place. I don't like having to clean a lens...the less I have to touch the front or rear elements the better I like it.
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  9. carlosfm

    carlosfm Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 3, 2015
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Your camera also saved you from that flying stone! :eek: 
  10. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    I´ve been showerd in rocks alot of times ;) 
  11. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    If you plan to work around flying rocks! I can't imagine the risk of this is very high for a portrait or landscape photographer. :) 
    I usually have one or two medium quality filters for protection, but I only use them when I am likely to be in conditions where my lens needs protection. That isn't very often for me. I do not think they provide any drop protection, though.

    If you must use one, get a brand name MC one and still take it off when shooting around bright light sources at night.
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  12. Krigskoen

    Krigskoen Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2015
    I've been using this one for a couple of months now. As far as protection filters go, it's fine :)  Haven't noticed any difference with flares or reflections or anything of the sort. Also it fits the style of the lens perfectly, I actually forgot I had it mounted.
  13. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    FWIW I have OEM clear filters on the weather-sealed zooms, except the 7-14 which can't fit one but is for me probably the one that needs protection most. I rarely remember to put them on other lenses.
  14. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Just keep in mind that filters break *MUCH* easier than the front element of lenses (they are extremely hard and surprising difficult to break). So something that breaks a filter is very unlikely to break your lens front element. However it could of course scratch it (although so could the broken pushed in glass of the filter).

    I am of the group preferring to NOT use a "protective" filter unless I knew I was going to be in a "dirty" environment (mud, salt water spray, etc.) where I knew I might need to wipe off the front element often to keep it clean, then I rather do it on a replaceable filter. For normal shooting, I don't bother.
  15. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    I am in the habit (good or bad) of using UV filters on the fronts of my lenses. I use the B&W MRC for my high grade lenses. Usually go with Hoya or B&W on my other lenses. The B&W's are easier to clean.
  16. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell
    I've had more lenses saved by filters than not.
    I've also found filters to be considerably cheaper to replace than lenses when damaged.

    I shoot a lot in the rain, so a quick rub round a filter with a cloth doesn't phase me.
    Would I rub the front element of a lens with the same cloth? erm............. I'd rather not. I've occasionally replaced filters due to swirls appearing from optical glass grade cloths, not to mention the thought of rubbing those very expensive coatings on those very expensive lenses is enough to stop me sleeping at night.
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  17. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    Always, every lens. This is a hotly debated issue with zealots on both sides. I have talked to well-known pros whom I greatly admire and found most use a protective filter if they work a lot outside. I am not a studio or portrait specialist so am in the always camp.

    A friend who is a newspaper photog shared this awhile back after shooting a feature on a local metalworking artist:

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  18. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    I am also in the group that uses filters. If my eyeglasses and camera filters are an indication, my lenses would have small scratches on them even if they were not hit by a rock. As others have said, filters protect against dust and rain as well as rocks.
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  19. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    I never use them unless in an environment that poses a serious risk or for a specific application. Don't see the point.
  20. Krigskoen

    Krigskoen Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2015
    Agreed. It's also just easier to clean the flat surface of a filter rather than the curved surface of a front element.
    Not to mention the effect on the resale value of the lens. Many buyers just look at any small scratch as an excuse to ask for a discount in the price or just not be interested :p 
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