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    UV Filters

    This is a discussion on UV Filters within the Everyday Life forums, part of the Community channel category; Do they make a difference to photos?...

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      UV Filters

      Do they make a difference to photos?
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      Re: UV Filters

      Not really, but they do protect the lens from scratches.

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      Re: UV Filters

      Yeah that seems to be consensus on a few forums but i will try with and without the filter at the weekend to test
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      Re: UV Filters

      To be honest I never use one. I think most people just use them to protect their lenses, like Felix mentioned, but I just use a lenscap

      Adding a UV filter obviously doubles the amount of glass that the image has to pass through, which I've read can reduce image quality...but as I don't use one I couldn't honestly tell you if its true or not.

      One filter that you might want to consider investing in is a Polarizing filter (if you don't have one already that is). It eliminates reflection and can have a real impact on a photograph.

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      Re: UV Filters

      I think thats just been added to the list
      any good brands ?
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      Re: UV Filters

      Quote Originally Posted by SatDish View Post
      Do they make a difference to photos?
      Film - yes. A UV filter will help in certain situations (lots of Sky, snow, water, high altitude) to give a touch more more accurate colour rendition (a lot of UV will give a "cold" image), and the appearance of improved saturation/sharpness. It's all down to colour film's UV light sensitivity.

      Digital - no. With digital you need to block infra red but that's normally built into the camera.

      But, as said earlier a UV/Skylight filter or similar can keep the front glass clear of dust and knocks.

      Polarising filters help reduce glare and certain types of reflections but can carry a cost in terms of maybe couple of f-stops and also play havoc with most metering systems.

      My advice would be to buy filters based on the sort of photography you like e.g. a graduated neutral density filter for a dramatic sky in landscapes, high attenuation ND filter for interesting motion/long exposure effects etc. Don't go too cheap, particularly if you have a wide angle high quality lens as cheap, thick filters will often give you vignetting.

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      Re: UV Filters

      For digital cameras you MUST use a circular polarising filter for polarising otherwise it will affect exposure. Circular polarisers are fine and do work well with water, sky and snow shots.

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      Re: UV Filters

      Thanks foor the info, loads of usefull bits there
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