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View Poll Results: Do you generally leave a filter on lenses for the purpose of protection?

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  • Yes, I do.

    53 51.46%
  • No, I don't.

    50 48.54%
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    Use of Filters for Protection

    The topic of the use of filters for protection of lenses came up in another thread, and I thought that it might be interesting to conduct a poll. What is your personal practice?
    Charles Hohenstein

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    1a or 1b is so cheap compared to the front element. Colour diff well not much.. 1 vote yes

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    There should b a third option - Sometimes.

    In general with modern lenses I never use a filter unless necessary, but I do on some older lenses where the glass is softer like my 50's Summicron.

    Ian

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    I agree on the "sometimes" so I didn't vote.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

    Portfolio-http://apug.org/forums/portfolios.php?u=25518

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    I voted no, but given the option my reply would have been sometimes in conditions that would damage the lens surface.
    Ben

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    Generally no, unless there is an obvious hazard like crowds, sand, or sea spray. Otherwise, I use a filter if there is a photographic reason for it.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    NO, a pol at times when needed. The only lens that I would like to have a protective filter does not take it: an ultra-wide.

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    I do use a filter because I'm a klutz!

    Jeff

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    Sometimes, but I ALWAYS keep the lens glare hood on, I can't tell you how many times it's saved my bacon.

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    Yes and no (but I voted yes). None of my vintage gear has filters. The three Canon EF lenses I use most often all have filters - two have CPs and one has a UV0 (all 3 are Hoya HMC). I also have a spare UV0 for times when I don't want the CP on one of the lenses. Even with the filters I usually have the hood mounted on the lens - that's saved the filters a bunch of times.

    Dan

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