Why you should not use a filter for night photography

shoturtle

 
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I was board and wanted to play around. So I took my epl-1 and 20mm out to do a comparison. I decided to take a shot with my haze010 filter that I use when in harsh environment with me to show why filters are not something you want to use when shooting night shots with strong light sources. The results are more apparent at night why filters are a bad idea. And it was a multi coated filter.

First shot without filter, second shot with filter.
 

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nope, can see the photos. But I have seen some bad flare and ghosting with filter on night shots.
 

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I honestly think it has a lot to do with the type of filter. All of the following used a B&W MRC filter:

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If it's an MRC filter, it should have 'MRC' printed on the filter ring. The one you refer to doesn't look like an MRC filter.

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it is the only bw that is 46mm. And it is tag mrc. The photo is a generic bw photo, I just check it out it is a slim filter, not even a regular one. It is all about how the light hits the filter.
 

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I know that filters can create unwanted flare, but for some reason I've never really experienced it and all of my lenses have filters on them (B&W MRC).

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I have tiffen HT cpl, BW haze and hoya HMC ND filters for my epl-1 for when I need them but, normally shoot without any filters on.
 

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Hi -

When I first picked up my EP-1 with the kit lens, I had no filter, and it made me nervous: the lens is simply too easy to fingerprint. I picked up a cheap tiffen filter to fit, and it kept the fingerprints off.

But talk about reflections! Ruined not a few night-time photos. I picked up a BW F-Pro 010 UV MRC and these disappeared entirely.

Picked up fundamentally the same filter for the 17 f2.8 as well, perfect.

JohnF
 

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Even the best multi-coated filters (i.e. B+W F-Pro MRC or Hoya Super HMC) can cause flare and loss of contrast in certain conditions. They are fine for use in standard conditions, but for night photography filters should generally be avoided.
 

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My shots were with a bw f pro mrc haze filter. It does flare from how the light enter the camera.

Even my tiffen HT for my dslr flares at night base on how the light enters the lens.
 

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I have some B+W F-Pro MRC filters and while they are excellent, they still invoke more flare than having no filter. Hoya filters are about the same but cheaper to buy. These are probably the best two perfomers you can get when it comes to flare resistance.

I have stopped using all UV or haze filters.
 

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I just avoid fingerprinting my lens. When I do need to clean it, it's not much more difficult than cleaning a filter. I don't put anything in front of my lens unless I want it to be a part of my photograph in some way.
 

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In response to an earlier post in this thread by Streetshooter.

I just purchased 2 LensPens, both the original and the DigiPen. I may continue with the use of filters, but I want to be ready in the event I'm talked all the way out of their use..
 

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Out of interest does the UV/Skylight filter reduce haze as it did with film or are digital cameras not prone to this effect in the first place?
 

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