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Originally posted by EarthQuake EarthQuake wrote:

Here's a worst case scenario... I would say 95% of my photography does not involve shooting directly into bright light sources though, so I'm not going to worry about it, for everything else even a dirt cheap filter has little or no perceivable impact on IQ, just my opinion and observation though of course.

Logic tell us that a typical photographer should routinely encounter an infinite range of shooting situations between 'no visible effect' and 'very obvious visible effect'. If you leave your filters on as a habit, there will eventually be some consequences that are between the extremes. The consequences of leaving them off as a habit are either 'no impact' or 'impact' - although the impact might range from an easily cleaned water spot to a shattered front element. Again, it's all a probability game.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote EarthQuake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2012 at 19:48
Right, I think those situations can generally be summed up in "little perceivable impact" ie: you would need to be making very large prints to tell the difference. Perception gets very subjective though, I was mostly sharing my experience with my own gear, I can't ever really remember a situation where I was cursing myself for using a UV filter.

Though I would be happy to see/read of any other example situations that are less extreme but which still show obvious IQ degradation.

Edited by EarthQuake - 09 July 2012 at 19:51
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Post Options Post Options   Quote smf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2012 at 20:15
Wow, this reminds me of a religious debate.

I just want to know if there's a difference. I have a hard time seeing one, it's not a good test, but I don't shoot in a studio, so it's a reasonable approximation of lighting conditions I might encounter. A good friend took a look at it and said "Yeah, looks like the one UV filter is robbing you of some sharpness". Ok, I didn't see it. But he has both better eyes and a superior display.

I don't perceive enough degradation to cause me to NOT use either of those filters when I would normally do say, say shooting at a beach.
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To me, the greater concern is reduction of visible light. Overall, I favor use of clear or UV filter for the reason, and reduce the risk of having small marks on the front element, from having to clean the lens regularly, than to do that to a filter and replace it. Of about a dozen lenses in my bag, only one doesnít have a filter (my collection is primarily B+W, Hoya and Marumi). It appears, this lens never did. But I picked it up used for only $18 (Minolta 28mm MD) so it mattered little that there is a slight blemish on the front element. I would hate to see that fate to any of my other lenses. In fact, my Takumar 50mm/1.4 has got a flawless front element and it came with an old filter (since replaced). The filter itself was full of scratches.

I donít think with quality UV (or, in case of my 200mm G APO HS, Minolta Clear filter), loss of IQ is as much a concern whereas having to subject the front element to the elements is a guarantee without it. Well made UV filters appear capable of letting 98% or more of visible thru, a minor compromise IMO.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2012 at 20:42
Originally posted by smf smf wrote:

I just want to know if there's a difference.

Very few photography decisions can be boiled down to a simple yes/no answer. I think we have adequately demonstrated that use of filters is not one of those.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote EarthQuake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2012 at 21:09
Originally posted by sybersitizen sybersitizen wrote:

Originally posted by smf smf wrote:

I just want to know if there's a difference.

Very few photography decisions can be boiled down to a simple yes/no answer. I think we have adequately demonstrated that use of filters is not one of those.


Yeah absolutely, I don't think the question should be "is there a difference?" but "when is there a difference?".
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Silver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2012 at 22:12
Is Hoya noticably worse compared to B+W ?

Also is Sony/Zeiss and B+W about the same quality wise ?

And anyone know where the Sony/Zeiss filters can be purchased from ?
Looking for a Swedish or European website.

Are these the Zeiss filters ??
http://www.sony.se/product/dsl-filters



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Hoya filters are said to be among the best. I'm sure Sony Zeiss filters are wonderful too. The difference between them: price!

Hoya Multi-coated filters are good enough, with B+W multi-coated right there as well. They are also among the best in visible light transmission. Cheap filters, however, can bring in issues.
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Originally posted by Silver Silver wrote:


Are these the Zeiss filters ??
http://www.sony.se/product/dsl-filters


No, the Zeiss filters are labeled Carl Zeiss T*, not Sony.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Silver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 July 2012 at 13:56
Nice to know that my Hoya filters are not that bad
Mostly bought Hoya because it was avalible locally.
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