Recommendations welcome- protect my new camera!

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karma2m
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Recommendations welcome- protect my new camera!
Feb 8, 2013

Just ordered a Canon SX40 & want to care for it properly.

Should I buy a filter to protect the lens?  If so, recommendations?

I'm not very experienced, so please be gentle!

Karen in Texas, anxiously awaiting her new arrival!

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Dimitrios Zavos
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In reply to karma2m, Feb 8, 2013

Hello karma2m,

A special adapter is required to mount a filter on the SX40. There are two sizes available, one to mount a 58mm filter and one to mount a 67mm filter. Canon offers a 67mm adapter so I'd stick to that since the 58mm that other providers offer might cause some vignetting. If all you want is to protect your lens then a UV filter is sufficient. Please use a good quality filter. No point covering a fine lens with an inferior piece of glass. Also please consider using a lens hood to protect against contact and hits when carrying the camera around on its strap.

Hope this helps.

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hood, yes ... filter, not so much ...
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karma2m wrote:
Should I buy a filter to protect the lens? If so, recommendations?

a UV filter is typically not necessary and may make your pictures worse ... any glass you put in front of your lens will reduce picture quality, though you may or may not notice a difference ... you would have to buy the filter adapter for about $20 and then buy a filter which may cost much more depending on quality ...

for protection you can buy a lens hood (LH-DC60) for about $20 (try bhphoto.com or adorama.com) ... it will also reduce glare and increase contrast, which no filter could ever do ...

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In reply to karma2m, Feb 8, 2013

Any filter can degrade the image.   This is especially true if you do not use a lens hood.  If a filter is used it should be a very high quality multicoated clear filte and therefore expensive. For the superzoom you also have the added expense of the Canon - Filter Adapter FA-DC67A necessary to prevent vignetting.   If anyone makes a lens hood (they may not for a super zoom) that would be a better choice for lens protection.

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Re: hood, yes ... filter, not so much ...
In reply to confyushis, Feb 8, 2013

confyushis wrote:

karma2m wrote:
Should I buy a filter to protect the lens? If so, recommendations?

a UV filter is typically not necessary and may make your pictures worse ... any glass you put in front of your lens will reduce picture quality, though you may or may not notice a difference ... you would have to buy the filter adapter for about $20 and then buy a filter which may cost much more depending on quality ...

for protection you can buy a lens hood (LH-DC60) for about $20 (try bhphoto.com or adorama.com) ... it will also reduce glare and increase contrast, which no filter could ever do ...

I agree with confyushis: skip the filter (unless you have young children or touchy-feely friends or relatives)

Buy a lens hood for outdoor pictures, store it reversed on the lens fitting

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Good luck! 

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If it will help you sleep better....have this eq added to your home insurance.

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In reply to Leswick, Feb 8, 2013

This is a very controversial topic that comes up often and always goes on and on with good arguments on both sides. I'm a believer in Murphy's Law that anything that can go wrong will go wrong so I use protective filters. I don't see any loss of sharpness.

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In reply to karma2m, Mar 21, 2013

karma2m wrote:

Just ordered a Canon SX40 & want to care for it properly.

Should I buy a filter to protect the lens? If so, recommendations?

I'm not very experienced, so please be gentle!

Karen in Texas, anxiously awaiting her new arrival!

Hi!

If you want to attach a filter to the lens of the sx40 you'll first need to buy the fa-dc67a filter adapter. Then you can install 67mm filters, usually you can find these for about $30.

You could buy a lens hood part number LH-DC60 for about $30. This helps to protect your lens as well as helps block light from causing flares in your images.

Fortunately the SX40 comes with a lens cap. I leave mine on all the time. It also came with a little strap to keep the lens cap connected to the camera so i never lose it. I'm satisfied with the lens cap to protect my lens. If i do scratch the lens then its an opportunity for me to buy a new camera lol. Have fun.
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