Sigma 105mm 1.4 owners, are you protecting the front lens?

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MichaelFrederickPhoto
MichaelFrederickPhoto Regular Member • Posts: 422
Sigma 105mm 1.4 owners, are you protecting the front lens?

As the title asks,  when you are shooting outdoors are you using anything to protect that glass since you can screw on a filter.

I see Breakthrough has a X4 UV for $200.  Dropping this much on a lens has my stomach sick but after several rentals,  its became a great tool for my business.

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Mikael SB
Mikael SB Regular Member • Posts: 108
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While I don't own the particular Sigma, I do use the equivelent Nikon a lot out and about. I would never consider getting a UV filter on there unless maybe if I would be out shooting expecting saltwater or mud spraying around. Keep the hood on and don't worry, is my recommendation.

If you're still worrying, use a bit of the UV-filter money and up your insurance. But the gear babying tends to fade with time.

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Gary Skirvin Contributing Member • Posts: 641
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I use the lens hood that came with the 105mm f/1.4 Sigma, that's all the protection I need. I've never damaged a lens front glass in over 30 years of photography despite brambles, thorns, weeds, limbs, etc. I don't put any "lens protector filter" even on the Nikon 19mm f/4 Tilt Shift which has no threads on the front for a filter.

GS

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greyghost59 Contributing Member • Posts: 665
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Same as above, i dont bother with any kind of filter protection, anything you add to the front elements degrades image quality, to some degree.

Lens hoods always on any lens i use is plenty of protection and a previously said i to have never damaged any front element on my lens.

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Timotis77
Timotis77 Contributing Member • Posts: 593
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MichaelFrederickPhoto wrote:

As the title asks, when you are shooting outdoors are you using anything to protect that glass since you can screw on a filter.

I see Breakthrough has a X4 UV for $200. Dropping this much on a lens has my stomach sick but after several rentals, its became a great tool for my business.

I use the lens hood supplied and find this to be sufficient.

Plus I figured I spent $1900 AU on the on the lens,why add another bit of protective glass that 'may arguably' diminish image quality in some form.. Saying this at times even wide open at f1.4 I find the 105mm so Sharp it almost needs a little less sharpness

Brilliant lens

lonewolf1983 Contributing Member • Posts: 603
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use the hood

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ashton lamont
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paul-nm
paul-nm Regular Member • Posts: 185
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I didn't at first, but did soon afterwards. I opted for the more expensive water repellent filter from Sigma. Back when I purchased there really wasn't as much available as there is now. But still, after getting hosed down with champagne at a wedding, I'm totally digging the WR filter. Liquid really does roll off it.

I'm in Southern New Mexico. Most of my outdoor portraiture involves various types of thorns sharp as razors and as long as six inches in length. I just watched a "Tog" out at White Sands National Monument drag his 70-200 FL through the Mesquite and damage his front element. It happens. Regardless of how careful you are.

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CptAmerica
CptAmerica Senior Member • Posts: 1,550
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MichaelFrederickPhoto wrote:

As the title asks, when you are shooting outdoors are you using anything to protect that glass since you can screw on a filter.

I see Breakthrough has a X4 UV for $200. Dropping this much on a lens has my stomach sick but after several rentals, its became a great tool for my business.

I never use protection filters on lenses. I will sometimes use an ND on my sigma 40 for moving water landscapes, but I have no need for any filter of any kind of a my 105 portrait lens.

I will qualify that with the fact that I am typically OVERLY cautious with how I treat my gear and where I will and will not take my lenses. If I think there is a chance at damage...I simply won't shoot.

On a different note, my 105 is my favorite lens, but my AF motor is already going out after only a couple thousand images on it.  I shipped it to Sigma this morning.

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MichaelFrederickPhoto
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Oh man that sux about the lens!  I hope its a quick fix.

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CptAmerica
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MichaelFrederickPhoto wrote:

Oh man that sux about the lens! I hope its a quick fix.

I just hope it's not a sign of things to come.  My ART lenses in 40 and 105 are by far my favorite lenses, and I want them to last a long time.

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MichaelFrederickPhoto
OP MichaelFrederickPhoto Regular Member • Posts: 422
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I really wanted that 40mm for my portrait business.  I just don't shoot enough that low of a mm to justify the cost.  I just ordered the 50mm ART when it was on sale.  I just bought all the gear you see below last month so my wallet "needs a breather".

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CptAmerica
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MichaelFrederickPhoto wrote:

I really wanted that 40mm for my portrait business. I just don't shoot enough that low of a mm to justify the cost. I just ordered the 50mm ART when it was on sale. I just bought all the gear you see below last month so my wallet "needs a breather".

I hear ya. I don't generally use it for individual portraits either, but it's a GREAT "general shooting" prime, and is GREAT for group shots. I just used it to shoot my son's baseball team team photo, as well as some shots of the family kids from a group camping trip last month. As soon as you have 2, 3, or more people in a picture, so you're not right up on top of them, it's perfect.

I have found in the past that the 50mm tends to be JUST a bit tight for walking around, or for "normal field of view" landscapes. The 40 really filled those holes perfectly.

This is a fun one:

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 ART - SHARPEST Lens I've Tested?! - YouTube

also some good testing here:

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens review with samples - YouTube

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WarrenPeas
WarrenPeas Contributing Member • Posts: 919
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MichaelFrederickPhoto wrote:

As the title asks, when you are shooting outdoors are you using anything to protect that glass since you can screw on a filter.

I see Breakthrough has a X4 UV for $200. Dropping this much on a lens has my stomach sick but after several rentals, its became a great tool for my business.

As a habit, no matter what lens I may aquire, I always put a protective filter on it the moment it comes out of the box.  You'll hear the pros and cons to this approach forever, but it becomes a personal choice.

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reflux83
reflux83 Junior Member • Posts: 33
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I ended up buying this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086V8M7KD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_ZGF20VBEWKKESV7MMR9M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

It's been OK so far

MichaelFrederickPhoto wrote:

As the title asks, when you are shooting outdoors are you using anything to protect that glass since you can screw on a filter.

I see Breakthrough has a X4 UV for $200. Dropping this much on a lens has my stomach sick but after several rentals, its became a great tool for my business.

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CptAmerica
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reflux83 wrote:

I ended up buying this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086V8M7KD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_ZGF20VBEWKKESV7MMR9M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

It's been OK so far

I would only use that if damage to the front element was all but certain.

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X Ray
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reflux83 wrote:

I ended up buying this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086V8M7KD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_ZGF20VBEWKKESV7MMR9M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

It's been OK so far

Use the lens hood and ditch the filter. If that filter breaks, it's more than likely going to give you some nice scratches on the front element. Ask me how I know.

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