Protective filter… or not? I say beware of filter quality.

Started Apr 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
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fishy wishy
fishy wishy Senior Member • Posts: 3,136
Re: Protective filter… or not? I say beware of filter quality.

RoxanneY wrote:

Do most pros agree that UV filters work? Just wondering. All of my lenses currently have Tiffen UV filters on them.

Tiffen didn't do very well in a UV filter roundup by lenstip - http://www.lenstip.com/113.24-article-UV_filters_test_Tiffen_72mm_UV.html

You may not think you need specific UV filtering if your sensor is insensitive to it.

Not all filters are created equally. Looking at spectacle manufacturing, the price rises sharply for  coating add-ons.

The best filters seem to be those with multiple coatings which mute the reflections at different layers. You can see the effect of the multiple coating yourself, like a double reflected image in different colours.

I typically use filters for safer transport and ease of cleaning, but anyone would have to carefully consider the quality if they were shooting toward strong light sources because the main image quality issue is of flare and reflections.

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