Rolleiflex and UV filters

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Bokeh Guy, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Bokeh Guy

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    Just bought a couple of UV filters for my Rolleiflex 2.8. I wanted the filters for lens protection and a little more flare control. Do you have to choose between having a UV filter on the camera or using the Bay III caps? Also, is there no way to protect the viewing lens when using a UV filter on the taking lens?
     
  2. dpurdy

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    That is the long and short of it. I have seen some people take a bayIII filter and file out one edge so that it will fit on the viewing lens with another filter on the taking lens. I personally keep a UV filter on my taking lens along with the lens shade and don't generally use the cap. I guess you would have to say this is one of the flaws of the nearly flawless Rollei design.
    Dennis
     
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    UV filters (nor any other filters) do not do anything to control flare.
    Quite the opposite, in fact: adding two reflecting surfaces will only increase the chance you'll get flare.
    So make double sure there's a lens hood on the lens.

    UV filters also do very little to subdue atmospheric haze. :wink:
    But are good lens protectors, yes.
     
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    I've given this thought with my 3.5T. I use it mostly for landscape and outdoor tripod mounted stuff. I just put the cap on every time I move to a new location, no clear filters, I have a converter Bay1 = 52mm and use my Nikon B&W filters (I don't shoot color), and I block the sun with my hand or body to defend against flares if the sun can hit the lens.