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    Do you use a UV filter to protect your lens?

    Half of me thinks it's a good idea to buy a UV filter to protect my lens, the other half thinks if I've just spent a lot of money on nice Canon glass will I reduce the image quality with a Hoya UV filter?

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    Yes I do on my Bigma, as there's a lot of open glass to scratch, also on my 70-300 Zuiko, but I have a polarising filter on my little 14-42mm.


    Perhaps there ought to be an option for other filter, or change the option to UV or polarising.
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    It's more the protection vs image quality issue that concerns me rather than filters per se.

    Is spending 40 to protect a 700 lens a good idea?

    Also, I don't seem to be able to edit the poll to add "I use another filter".

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    I have a Cir-Polarizing filter but I find the images slightly blurred so don't use it much/.I didn't find it doing much for white butterflies either.
    This is what I have Hama Polarising Filter Circular - 67mm 30.99 - Free Delivery

    Mine is a 52 for one lens and I have a Hoya 58 for my biger lens

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    OK, done that for you.

    My way of thinking is the filter can be as dirty as anything and the photos are still clear, the big lens acts like a vacuum pump and fills with dust, but you can't see it, as it isn't in focus. I'd rather damage the filter than the front glass, but I do take it off occasionally.
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    That's kind of my thinking although the lens in question is 17-55mm so the dust/ dirt issue may be more of issue at that focal length?

    Maybe I should bite the bullet, buy one and test it. But a 77mm Hoya UV filter isn't cheap

    (They seemed to be the best in this test.)

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    I've got a Sigma 86mm on my Bigma lens, seems to be a good filter, but have never used the lens without, so may try a tripod comparison shot to see if there's a perceivable difference.
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    With modern cameras there is no need for UV filters, Skylight or absolutely clear filters are ok for protecting the front element of a lens and is certainly worth the investment to save the lens.
    I recently had my Sigma lens repaired (I dropped it) the filter was wrecked but the front element was not even scratched.The image stabiliser in the was damaged.
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    UV filter cuts through the atmosphire helpful with a long lens, Protection is a good reason for having it, A cheap one reduces the quality of the lens

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    some years ago when I was fitter I had the 80-400 sigma lens and attached was a UV filter - good job as getting down the steps to board a boat my hubs had an accident and dropped my camera bag inside which was the lens and camera, I didnt realise but the filter smashed and without it that would have been my lens gone for a burton and very expensive to repair or replace - my answer to your question is YES without doubt and NO I didnt notice any loss of quality in my pictures. I was going to the Farnes at the time and I always have a filter on my lens.

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    I have a multi coated UV filter permanently attached to both of my zoom lenses, plus a polarising filter, in the bag, for both lenses.
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