thank you for all your comments. looks like i made my decision now, to skip using a filter! thank you again!
My experience in buying camera stuffs...
When I started buying those stuffs, same as what some members said... Get E-quotes and call them for the price.
But experience tells me that it best to know someone from the shop or even better the sales manager.
Even when that person is not around just quote his/her name and the price is always afew bucks cheaper.
And they wouldn't ask you to buy stuffs you don't need!
Sometimes its just BBB virus after reading the forum and "heart itchy" to buy, but what happens? You would just end up chucking the stuffs in the store room to collect dust.
Just get what you need and make your decisions right always...
Canon 450D EF-S 18-55mm, EF-S 55-250mm, EF 50mm f1.8II, EFS 17-85mm IS USM, 430EXII, Slik PRO580DX
sorry to hijack ur thread awhile
wanna ask whether anyone bought lens from the shops from chinatown area?
was there in the evening, happened to ask one of the shops the price of 55-200 nikon lens
they quoted me 320(which is surprisingly cheap) , one day ago, all the shops in funan quoted me over 400 for the same lens
is it a scam? or wat? can someone advise?
life is but a dream...
well.. there're reasons why in the first place that people gets UV filters.. other than it serves as a protector to scratch.. it also blocks out the strong UV rays too. do not ever to point your naked lens directly at the sun.. (for some reason you kinda wants to do that) although your lens won't spoil, but your image sensor gets the effect.. i would recommend you to get a cir-pl instead.. not only the rays are deflected, the colors of your image are nicer..
just my too-cents worth for thoughts
It's Never about the Camera, It's YOU that matters!
If one plans to take pictures of the sun there are filters especially for eclipses, stronger than ND400 filters and blocking UV and IR. Check the Astronomy / Night Photography section here. CPL will also NOT help to protect your eyes in such cases, far too weak.
The normal UV during day gets already filtered by the lens. Nothing reaches the sensor due to the coating within the lens. So why would one put another piece of glass in the way of the light that is not needed but can cause additional trouble (flare, ghosting)? Lenses are designed and produced to work without filters. But I know it's common sales pitch addressing the kiasu part in many people to put a filter on to be protected. Who would agree to go unprotected? But after my fare share of flare and other side effects I have dropped such "lens condoms". Use filter when necessary (CPL, ND, GND) and hood nearly all times. The rest is attention and care.