UV filters, unscientific test

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saltydogstudios
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Re: UV filters, unscientific test
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s4myd wrote:

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I hope that it will help a few people in their choice and if you have some suggestions, don't hesitate to tell me.

Your flare test is ok but where I really noticed the difference in quality between filters is near bodies of water.

Light coming directly into the lens is one thing.

Light coming from thousands of tiny points of specularity bouncing off the waves quickly reduces contrast on poorly coated filters.

You could probably construct something with tin foil & a strobe to mimick this.

Also, I've caused more damage because of filters - they're very thin glass, unlike the lens elements and are far more likely to shatter (and thus scratch the lens) from an impact than the lens itself.

So I've basically given up on using filters for lens protection.

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