11-26-2017 10:50 AM
"...only costs about $200-$300 to replace."
The front element on my ef 85mm f1.4L was $385.
"Filters don't protect "expensive lenses"."
And you are right it didn't !
11-26-2017 10:57 AM - edited 11-26-2017 10:58 AM
Filters don't protect "expensive lenses". They only protect the front element which probably only costs about $200-$300 to replace.
I would beg to differ. Some lenses need a protective front filter to complete the weather sealing.
Some people like to use protective filters. Some people do not like to use protective filters. Personally, I like having a protective filter, because as already been noted, it is easier and safer to clean a $80 filter than a front element of a $2000 lens.
12-08-2017 12:07 AM - edited 12-08-2017 12:22 AM
I understand the importance of them....to me the big one is the protection of scratches...
I do use a UV filter too, but not to filter out UV light. That isn't necessary with modern lenses. I use it for front-element lens protection. I am often in environments that can wreak havoc on a lens -- areas of the California desert, in forests, along tide pools and the ocean.
In desert shooting,I don't always shoot on my feet. If i encounter a desert tortoise, scorpion, lizard, snake or some other reptile, I like to get on my belly and shoot them "eye to eye," which produces a more pleasing perspective (in my opinion) than shooting them from above. So it is not unusual for the lens to be a an inch or two off the desert floor, nor is it unsual to find a few grains of sand, DG, dirt, dust, etc. on the filter after shooting. This is why I also carry a small retractable brush, blower and lens tissues with me in my pack. I should probably use a hood to go along with the filter, but the UV filter is better than nothing.
I also use a circular polarizing filter when I'm around water or shooting a landscape with a lot of sky, and its effects are quite noticeable when rotated. I don't understand arguments against filters in these environments, but have become convinced that some people who make those arguments don't shoot in the kinds of environments I do. But to each his own, as they say.
12-08-2017 10:14 AM
I'm the same. UV filters for element protection. Lens puffer is invaluable. Keep one in my pocket at all times now.