What size of Filter for Panasonic 25mm??

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by webmonkey8, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. webmonkey8

    webmonkey8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2012
    Hi I just bought the Panasonic 25mm lens and while it's an amazing piece of glass, I would like to buy a filter for it to protect my investment. However, I'm not too sure what size of filter I need or what type. I mostly take indoor low light shots as well as the occasional outdoor one.

    Any recommendations?

  2. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I have a B+W 46 mm UV and a 3 stop ND. Works great.
  3. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Real Name:
    Promit Roy
    I believe the PL25 takes 46mm filters. The correct size is written on the front of the lens, usually with an oddball greek symbol.
  4. EthanFrank

    EthanFrank Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2011
  5. webmonkey8

    webmonkey8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2012
    Awesome! Thanks all!:smile:
  6. webmonkey8

    webmonkey8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2012
  7. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Well, what do you want the filter for? Those two are completely different in purpose.

    If you want a filter to protect the lens in normal use, you need the UV. The PL isn't suitable for that purpose at all.

    If you want a filter to bring out the blue in skies, make colors more vibrant, or reduce reflections, you want a polarizer. The UV won't do those things.
  8. webmonkey8

    webmonkey8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2012
    OK, good info. I'll get both!
  9. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    If you're ever in the same scenario with a new lens...the lens-cap typically says the filter measurement (also the lens-cap measurement) on the inside.


  10. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
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    I wouldn't put a filter over that beautiful Glass
    Get a hood for protection It will also help with lens flare
    My Pictures look much better after taking the filters off and I was using B&W
  11. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    The lens comes with a hood, so no need to buy one separately. And while I agree that it is not sensible to keep a filter on the lens all the time as "protection" (after all, what is a lens cap for?), one can achieve effects with a polariser that one cannot achieve without one, so, in certain situations (such as photographs on a sunny, cloudless day or of things beneath water), a polariser is worthwhile.
  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Agree , I dnt put filter either . I always keep the hood on .I have just ordered ND filter for sunny days , apart from no filter business to spoil the fun.It looks more serious camera with hooded PL 25 mm lol

  13. webmonkey8

    webmonkey8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2012
    Interesting opinions, all!

    capodave - I know what you mean about using the lens hood for protection, however I do like the idea of having a lens filter to prevent dust, scratches and finger prints, especially to use for indoor shots. So, would a filter degrade image quality for indoor shots? Even from the higher quality filters?

    I understand a filter will help make photos better for sunny outdoor shots, however. Would using the lens hood combined with a polarizing lens filter be the best combination to achieve optimal image quality for sunny outdoor shots?
  14. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    The best protection for that lens is its lens hood.

    There is no need for a circular polarizer, because there no mirror in the light path for metering. Only SLR's (some) need circular polarizers.

    The polarization effect depends on the orientation of the filter and the location of the sun. Filters are like seasoning; you don't add salt before tasting.