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    Hey everyone!

    I've been into photography for a while, mainly using a pentax kx. However, I recently got a canon 450d. Unfortunately I forgot to buy a uv filter. Should I get one before I start using the camera heavily? Also, should I get a dry box while I'm at it? I'd hate for my pentax to get moldy or anything now that I'm not using it as much.

    Thanks for replies!

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    no need filter lah

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    if it is the kit lens that come with your 450D, the front element rotates thus making filter attachment a bit challenging since the filter thread is very thin

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    Just get a Tokina one for 10 bucks if it will put your mind at ease. Regarding the dry box/cab, personally I have never used one before, but I heard from some lao jiao at a photography course that you should always remove your filters from your lenses before putting them in, or fungus growth will be promoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Lim View Post
    if it is the kit lens that come with your 450D, the front element rotates thus making filter attachment a bit challenging since the filter thread is very thin
    er, this is only a problem with cpl filter, not uv filter...

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    Haha... should lah. Should get a UV filter lah.
    Imagine yourself walking around shooting enthusiastically, then suddenly a wet or dirty finger smudges the front of the lens... well, it would be less heart-ache if it were the UV filter instead.

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    Mmm yea a filter has saved my pentax lense many times before.

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    Better get a dry box. Filter is redundant. A bit care and alertness comes free and doesn't cause flare or ghosting. Get a lens hood instead.

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    Dun bother getting one if you dun intend to invest in a good one. The image quality is only as good as the glass which is passing the light to the sensor/film. Thus if you have a decent lens but use a poor piece of filter, you're going to lower the image quality.

    Invest in a good dry cabinet and save yourself the worry about your equipment when they are not in use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Dun bother getting one if you dun intend to invest in a good one. The image quality is only as good as the glass which is passing the light to the sensor/film. Thus if you have a decent lens but use a poor piece of filter, you're going to lower the image quality.

    Invest in a good dry cabinet and save yourself the worry about your equipment when they are not in use.
    yes a cheapo tokina uv filter ($10), going to give u ghosting problem when u shoot at night against signboards. i experience it when i got one for my 50mm... in the end i sold it and buy a hoya pro1 uv filter for $27. make sure the uv filter is multi coat (this will reduce the ghosting problem significantly).

    yah, dry box is not consistent. u had to keep track of the silica gel and when to replace. get a dry cabinet instead.

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    Default Re: UV filter?

    get a better filter like B+W or Hoya HD series if you don't plan to change your kit lens sooner.
    cheapo filter will cause a serious glare under quite-strong light

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    Get both the filter and the dry box. Both are really useful.

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