Should you use fiiters with digital cameras

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Should you use fiiters with digital cameras

Postby 33dollars » Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:37 pm

Is ther a need for filters on digital cameras
Say UV or a polarize.
I do have a 10stop ND that does come in handy.
What I'm saying is "Do wee really have a need to screw a filter to the front of our modern day camera these days :?: ... ateposted/
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Re: Should you use fiiters with digital cameras

Postby Blow-in » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:39 am

Hi Phil,

I have UV filters on both my A12 units but really for protection especially as I don't use the Ricoh lens caps which are a nuisance. While I've not made a study of this, any difference to picture quality has passed me by.

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Re: Should you use fiiters with digital cameras

Postby Orol » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:02 am

Polarizers can get quite handy solving unwanted reflection issues hard(er) to solve in post-process. Also infrareds are using to produce unique results not so easily doable later by a software. Not to mention NDs if one does not have a built-in ND in their camera. Like Richard's, my lenses also are accompanied by UV filters since their day #1, although the reasons may be disputable. They give some more psychical comfort about a better lens protection as well as they shift a bit the light conditions and so allow to produce a different (better?, maybe even unique?) feel for the images.

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Re: Should you use fiiters with digital cameras

Postby thelps » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:37 am

Some will tell you that you should not. I think they should be used if they help get the final result that you want.
I agree very much with Peter's take on this.

On the issue of protection you perhaps would be wise to use the best that you can afford.
There is some evidence to show the degradation of an image using a poor quality filter - note I didn't mean cheap.
A poor filter multiplying over thousands of your images in not nice IMO,

Other users will say a lens hood is more important than a filter.
With regard to polarisers there are linear and circular ones. I think digital cameras may need the circular type to function correctly.
I tried an old circular polariser on my Sigma DP2M and the results were odd to say the least.

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Re: Should you use fiiters with digital cameras

Postby renem » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:19 am

I used a UV filter as protection from wind&sand on the beach (can be quite windy here...).
I prefer cleaning the filter over cleaning the lens after a walk. ;)

Also used a 3ND (10 stops) filter for the stills. Great for landscapes.

Normaly I don't use filters at all, but a CP could be handy sometimes...

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