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Best filters for Nikon 18-105mm VR and 35MM f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens

aditya11 5 2
2 Apr 2013 5:14PM
Dear Friends,
I just bought a Nikon D7100 with the 18-105 MM lens. I am going to purchase the 35 MM lens as well.

What would you recommend for a filter for the lenses? I'd like something that would protect against UV. But nothing too pricey.

Thanks, Adi.

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SteveHunter 10 386 1 England
2 Apr 2013 5:24PM
You don't need a UV filter on a digital camera.

Film was sensitive to UV light and hence why people used UV filters, Digital Sensors are not sensitive to UV light so a filter is not required.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 5:50PM
As Steve says. The UV filter served 2 purposes: firstly to eliminate UV glare with film and secondly to protect the lens and nowadays you will find 'protective filters' for the latter.

You will get a whole range of opinions on filters based mainly on personal preference:
- they cannot improve an image so I will not use one because it may degrade the image - I keep my lens hood on to protect the lens
- I would rather not use one but it is cheaper to replace a filter than replace my lens if it gets knocked against something
- I use a filter only in tough conditions (beaches with sand/sea spray or windy weather with dust blowing about)
- I use a cheap filter and have seen no effect so I am happy
- I only use expensive filters in case cheap ones degrade the image
- I buy cheap ones from China (via epay) which are as good quality as expensive Western brands. I'm happy

Take your pick...
dandeakin 10 209 3 England
2 Apr 2013 6:35PM

- I would rather not use one but it is cheaper to replace a filter than replace my lens if it gets knocked against something

This is the opinion I take for my lens. Each to their own though.

I recently bought a 77mm Hoya Pro UV filter for 30 on amazon for a new lens. Then I found out they do a Hoya Pro Protector for just 20. I got one and it Seems to do exactly the same as the UV version ie protect the front element, for quite abit less. Wish I had known about them a few years ago.
RavenTepes 8 226 United States
2 Apr 2013 8:29PM
Something that would be helpful to know is what you like to shoot...

Outside of a UV filter, which pretty much does nothing except protect the front element, there are a variety of filters out there. Personally, I keep filter use to a minimal, but that's me. I don't use UV filters, but I do use ND and polarisers.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 8:49AM

Film was sensitive to UV light and hence why people used UV filters,.

This comment a little out of date. Colour film stopped being affected by UV filtration in the early 1980s. Black and white chromogenic film is similar. Black-and-white silver based film had it's UV sensitivity substantially reduced about 1998.
As you cannot put black and white film in a digital camera Smile Nikon got up to date about 2005, which is when they stopped making UV filters.
Even the best and most expensive filters sometimes degrade image quality and recorded short wavelength colours somewhat, and cheap filters can degrade quality significantly.
Most Nikon lenses come with a lens hood that provides much better front protection than a flat glass filter.
Whether or not to use a filter all the time is personal choice but I get the very distinct impression most advanced photographers do not use protection filters most of the time.
The last time I saw a survey about five years ago over 70% said they did not use protection filters. With increasing knowledge that digital is not sensitive to UV I expected UV filter sales are in rapid decline.
If you prefer a front protection filter there are a whole range of clear options which often cost less than a UV.
If your local camera shop or online seller does not stock clear filters my advice is walk away because they are trying to sell what grandad might have needed for distant landscapes rather than what is needed in a digital era. By the way if Grandad had a UV filter it was kept in a little leather pouch attached to the camera strap except when shooting in strong UV conditions.

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