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

Started Apr 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
tqlla Veteran Member • Posts: 4,800
Re: Case closed: use it if the QP of your filter is high!

Michel J wrote:

Tripod was used I guess?

Here you tend to confirm my post above, since it depends of the combo lens/filter used (since I noticed it's very picky between the choice of two copy of the same lens w/ VS w/o), the only thing left for us is to try on, imho... BUT: as you wrote, no visible difference with an excellent filter VS without, so why not mounting a filter with a walkaround lens?!? (And more).

OTOH it seems to be you don't tried in such light situations which these filters are made for (faulty lens haze nor UV colour cast...). I regret it, but it's a good news as well, since that proves the lack of harmfullness in a "normal lighting situation".

I think the case can be closed like this: "evaluation of benefit/risk depending of the way we use (and we care of) our gear".

Michel J
« Shoot RAW+ ...think JPEG »

Yes, I used a tripod, but I left SSS on.

As far as using the filter, for times they are meant for, I will try to test again when summer arrives. I am really only concerned about protecting my lenses from scratches and cleaning.

The Quantaray filters I bought when Ritz was closing. I have tons of the old DMC-UV filters, and quite a few of the Pro Digital Filters. (I was forced to buy them, to get a bigger discount on other stuff).

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