Filter recommendations for Fujinon GF lenses?

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Re: Filter recommendations for Fujinon GF lenses?

JimKasson wrote:

Painter19 wrote:

I’ve gotten so much great information in this thread from You, and Jim and others that I’m just going to take a few days to go through it and digest it all. One thing I want to be clearer on is whether to go for a clear protective lens, or a UV protective one.

My gf50s II is a digital camera,, and has been pointed out, virtually all digital cameras today come with their own UV protection for their sensors and other(?) parts. Jim mentioned that there is filtration screening light below 380 nm in my system effectively eliminating almost all of the UV part of the spectrum. The Breakthrough UV protective lens has it appears a similar transmission curve. The Zeiss T* screen wavelengths below 405 nm or so with a somewhat more abrupt transmission curve. Is the UV filtration of UV protective lenses generally fully duplicative of my camera system’s own UV filtration?

Yes.

The various makers of UV protective lenses tout their products as reducing haze, revealing more detail, enhancing color saturation maybe and seem to mostly attribute that to their lense's UV filtering. They provide lots of A/B image comparisons They do mention their lens coating's anti-reflective properties as well, but I’m still left with the impression their UV filtering is doing a lot of the haze removal.

They are selling filters.

I’m a guy who welcomes some ( “some" being the operative word) limited haze reduction, but don’t want overly high contrast images, with overly saturated darks , and overly saturated colors. The protective lens designers are making certain aesthetic decisions when shaping their lense's transmission curves and anti-reflective properties. I can imagine also that their lenses might look clear as one looks through them , but it’s their effect on photographs that counts.

Guess I’m looking for a “clear” protective lens, or a not overly contrasty UV one that allows some haze in the resulting images. Maybe even an easier to remove one like Breakthrough as I might need to take it off a lot ?!

Thanks, Jim I think you said you’re not a fan of protective filters(?) I can certainly see why one would avoid using them. I still would like the protection , but will try and find a protective lens without lens coatings that "overly clarify" images to my aesthetic or taste. Given the modern digital camera’s internal UV filtration, it seems the a UV protective lens reducing haze, increasing contrast and detail, etc. when used with such a camera is mainly doing so through the anti-reflective properties of its’ lens coatings not its’ UV filtration . Some amount of anti-reflection is needed to to reduce possible additional lens flare from the protective lens I guess, and then there are the ease of cleaning and scratch protection attributes. So, UV or clear protective I’ll try and shop for a protective lens that produces photos closest to the camera’s naked lens, and is of otherwise good quality.

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