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Skylight filters

Bloggs 5 313 England
5 Jan 2012 10:13PM
Is it a good idea to get a skylight filter for my Pentax Kr ? I understand that they are good for protecting your main lens on the camera. I just wondered what the gang here thought about them ? Thanks for your help Grin

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User_Removed 15 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2012 10:35PM
Hi Sam,
I used to use filters as a protection for my lenses until I realised I was buying a high end lens at great expense, then wasting all that quality by fitting a Skylight on the front.
After watching the video of a guy twatting the Canon lenses with a hammer, with no effect at all, I decided I was defeating the object by putting a filter in front of quality glass................plus I really look after my gear. I admit, it get's knocked about a bit, especially during the 'Photo scrums' but all my gear has Canon stamped all over it and therefore, I don't worry too much.

This is just my honest opinion so please, let's not turn this into another argument. Wink
cameracat 13 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Jan 2012 11:21PM
If you must place a piece of glass between your lens and the outside world for protection alone, You may be wiser to look at the NC variety, But only the really expensive ones.....Grin

As mentioned above, Whats the point of Pentax or Canon or Nikon making stellar lens models, Just so we can degrade the light passing through them with filters......Sad

Keep a hood on at all times, This will protect the front element to a degree, Don't use brillo pads to clean the front element, Then just be carefull.....!!!

Having said that, This is an old debate " To filter Or not to filter " ......Grin

Bottom line, Be aware of all the factors involved, Then make a decision that you personally are happy with....!!!

Bloggs 5 313 England
6 Jan 2012 8:21AM
Thanks for this guys, i do keep the hood on my lens when ever i'm not using the camera as standard. I read in a book that having a skylight filter is a good idea or protection but as you say if it degrades the end result what is the point !!! .... i'll be interested to see what anyone else has to say about this but up to now your advice seems good advice. I will be taking great care with my gear anyway but in the end we all want the best we can get from our cameras so maybe this is worth giving some thought !
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 8:51AM
Oh, boy. Here we go again Grin

Quote:if it degrades the end result

6 Jan 2012 8:53AM
Just dont buy a cheap ones. There have been many discussions on it ... here and elsewhere. Personally I use one on all mine except one which has a lens hood.
Bloggs 5 313 England
6 Jan 2012 8:54AM
LOL ..... seems like i have missed the other threads on this subject being a newbie here !!! hmmmm have i opened a can of worms here ? sorry guys just wondered what you all thought ? Grin
6 Jan 2012 8:59AM
There will be many, differing, opinions but if you search the forums for lens protection, filters etc. you'll find plenty of bed time reading Grin

Heres just a sample https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/uv-filters-84044

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