Do you use protective (UV) filters.

bilzmale

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When I had my 4/3 kit I had UV filters on all my lenses (OK not the 7-14 and 8mm FE) but I have not yet installed them on my any of my MFT kit.

I don't want to restart all the pros & cons arguments - just interested in what others are doing so a simple poll.
 

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Why not protect your lens? I have 'em on all of my lenses.
 

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I cast my vote yes as well, but it's conditional.

In my old film/SLR days (OM-1MD, OM-2N, Maxxum 7000i) I used filters religiously. They went on the day I got the lenses and never came off. I was particularly loyal to the name brand Olympus & Minolta filters, which were very slim.

In the last 10 years, I've gone through a series of P&S & superzooms (currently S90 and SX1is - which I plan to sell soon). These have no filter nor filter capabilities, but they're essentially disposable. Since the camera itself is not interesting after a few years, who cares what happened to the lens in the meantime? (I'm exaggerating, of course, I continue to be careful how I treat the exposed lenses.)

So now I have the E-P2 and have picked up a handful of µ4/3 lenses and more OM Zuikos on eBay. I keep the lenses and filters separate, and at home don't use the filters. When I head out the door, any lens I'm carrying has a filter on it, that stays on until I get around to using it at home. In some cases (e.g. 50mm f/1.8) the filter costs more than the lens it's protecting, so I have to wonder.

Not sure how long that practice will last, but I hate the thought that there's one more piece of glass (even if it is Shott glass and MRC) between the sensor and whatever I'm photographing.
 

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Yes

Yes they have to be quality tho' like Hoya Super UMC
 

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i have them but removed them after seeing ghosting in my images. so for protecting the glass, i use a hood instead.
 

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I voted no but I do have some and would use them under adverse condition such as high winds, sand, dust or heavy rain. But in general no. I used to have the expensive B+W MCR filters for my Nikon and Canon lenses but sometimes noticed highlight reflections due to them and started taking them off to shoot.
 

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This thread got me thinking about flare and ghost reflections when I got home. So I decided, with the setting sun, to take some pictures with and without the B+W filter. In the cases with the filter on which had ghost images, the same picture had ghost images without the filter on, but less noticeable. Internal reflections can still show up in any lens system, but adding extra glass, regardless of how well its coated, will add to the ghosting. With anything, its about compromise. I really wish they'd come out with a snap on type filter system, it sure would make it easier to take on and off in a hurry.

Dj
 

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Yeah i use them on all 3 of my lenses. Much less costly to replace if it get scratched. But i would imagine you would have to get a decent quality filter as you don't want to distort the image in anyway. I like the look it gives the lens as well, Kinda give it a bigger front glass look.
 

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You "like the look it gives the lens"? What is it, a photographic tool or a fashion accessory? :smile:

My experience mirrors LisaO's.
And you should always be using a lens hood to maximise your image quality, which has the added benefit of reducing the risk of scratching. So for me an extra piece of glass usually only serves to reduce optical quality.

With my bigger EF lenses, the cost of a quality 77mm filter is greater than for a small filter for a μ4/3 lens, and if the front element of the lens ever did get damaged the cost of repairing the lens is not significant. However, I'm not sure how the economics of this would play out with the smaller and cheaper lenses I use on μ4/3.
But from a purely optical-quality point of view the answer is simple for me.
 

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