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    I am using a lens with a Hoya mc protector, what is the difference between this one and a uv filter? is it worth to change to uv filter? any improvements to image quality? thanks.
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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    Quote Originally Posted by xavier_xw View Post
    I am using a lens with a Hoya mc protector, what is the difference between this one and a uv filter? is it worth to change to uv filter? any improvements to image quality? thanks.
    Well, a protector is just a piece of glass that, well, protects the front element of your lens, that's all. A UV filter, presumably, cuts down on UV rays, allowing for clearer pictures if you shoot far into the horizon.

    Thus, by this logic, if you're using a short zoom, the MC protector is good enough. The UV filter may be of some benefit if you're going to mount it on a long zoom to shoot distant mountains, etc.

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    thanks a lot, I am using a Sigma 18-50dc on a 350D body, guess no need to switch to uv filters.
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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    I also have a Hoya Pro 1 Digital MC Protector, but have since changed to UV.
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    IMO if a UV filter isn't that much more, then you might as well get it since UV light isn't desirable in any form of photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmtn4aj View Post
    IMO if a UV filter isn't that much more, then you might as well get it since UV light isn't desirable in any form of photography.
    Agree. That's y now i all use UV MRC Haze.
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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    For information, digital sensor on camera digital is affected badly by InfraRed light than UltraViolet light. Film in the other hand, affected badly by UltraViolet light than InfraRed light.

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    I use a B+W F-pro UV filter

    Actually, it really is no difference from a good quality protector unless you go to very high altitude where the amount of UV causes a bluish tinge in most things. I just bought it because it is a good quality filter that will not cause much (if any) image degradation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft View Post
    For information, digital sensor on camera digital is affected badly by InfraRed light than UltraViolet light. Film in the other hand, affected badly by UltraViolet light than InfraRed light.

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    How is this relevant to this thread? o.O

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    Quote Originally Posted by posez View Post
    I use a B+W F-pro UV filter

    Actually, it really is no difference from a good quality protector unless you go to very high altitude where the amount of UV causes a bluish tinge in most things. I just bought it because it is a good quality filter that will not cause much (if any) image degradation.
    B+W F-Pro UVs are the MRC Haze.
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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    Quote Originally Posted by jmmtn4aj View Post
    How is this relevant to this thread? o.O
    The thing is, the info u given to TS is incorrect. Dun feel offended if any, coz we are learning everyday.

    Back to the topic, stick to mc filter. TS should not waste money to buy another filter if the filter does not affect the image taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by your18 View Post
    The thing is, the info u given to TS is incorrect. Dun feel offended if any, coz we are learning everyday.

    Back to the topic, stick to mc filter. TS should not waste money to buy another filter if the filter does not affect the image taken.
    Er no.. IR affecting digital sensors more than UV certainly does not mean that UV doesn't affect digital sensors at all.

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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    Quote Originally Posted by jmmtn4aj View Post
    Er no.. IR affecting digital sensors more than UV certainly does not mean that UV doesn't affect digital sensors at all.
    so that would mean having a UV filter will give better quality than without anything?
    since UV will cut down UV ray entering your lens to your digital sensor, thus a clearer pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    so that would mean having a UV filter will give better quality than without anything?
    since UV will cut down UV ray entering your lens to your digital sensor, thus a clearer pic.
    Yes.. You probably won't notice it at all, but you definitely won't notice worse characteristics compared to a clear glass filter, so if that extra few dollars will let you know that good can only come out of it, why not?

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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    Quote Originally Posted by jmmtn4aj View Post
    How is this relevant to this thread? o.O
    It mean MC filter or UV filter will give comparable result. You won't see much difference. As already mentioned, digital sensor won't be affected by UltraViolet light/ray.

    If you long enough to stay in CS, you will remember some test done by CS to compare Nikon NC filter and B+W uv mrc filter, and some filter as well. The result Nikon NC (which is no UV filter) give the best result.

    If you have any info where said digital sensor is affected by UltraViolet light/ray, please do post.

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    Default Re: mc protector or uv filter

    thanks for so much useful info, decided to stick to the protector, but will also get a CPL for landscape photos,
    EOS 5D Mark II / 17-40 F/4 L / 50mm F/1.4 / 135mm F/2 L / 430EX Mark II + LSII

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