UV Protector/Filter


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maku08

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Hi guys! I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of a UV Protector/Filter. :dunno: What is suitable for a Nikon D90? Which brand? Will affect the shots taken in a good or bad way?:sweat:
I just bought my D90 yesterday and I was told by my friend to buy one! I need your help and opinions here guys! Thanks!
 

Rashkae

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May i suggest a search on here and on google? Please, really do try to make an effort to learn on your own, it's all been answered many times before.

But I'm in a good mood so I'll give you some pointers:

1. with today's lenses, UV filters are really only good for protection. But be aware that if you're shooting at night, cheap filters may cause reflections in the lens, so it's a good idea to remove them.
2. The fact that you're using the D90 is pointless and irrelevant. Filters are not suitable for a camera body; filters are only on the lens. So buy a filter that matches your lens thread diameter. This is clearly indicated on the lens.
 

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Which brand?
Good brands are Hoya (World's biggest glass-maker), B+W, Heliopan and Leica.

Try not to go for other brands as they often have lousy coatings which makes your lens more flare-prone.
 

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I just bought my D90 yesterday and I was told by my friend to buy one! I need your help and opinions here guys! Thanks!
Good point to check further and NOT to follow any friend or (worst) sales person. Make it a point to understand first what you are intending to buy and then make a conscious decision. This serves as learning and will save you money for useless or low quality items.
Search this forum (search function is upper right hand) and browse though all the threads of the last weeks that have dealed with the same question. Search for 'filter flare' or 'filter ghosting' to see what happens of you get cheap filters. Search for 'lens hood' to see an alternative way of protecting your lens combined with protection against flare.
 

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Hi guys! I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of a UV Protector/Filter. :dunno: What is suitable for a Nikon D90? Which brand? Will affect the shots taken in a good or bad way?:sweat:
I just bought my D90 yesterday and I was told by my friend to buy one! I need your help and opinions here guys! Thanks!
UV filter is good for very sunny conditions but i do recommend getting skylight filter instead as they are best for all around conditions as dont interfere with picture.
 

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UV filter is good for very sunny conditions but i do recommend getting skylight filter instead as they are best for all around conditions as dont interfere with picture.
AFAIK, skylight filter is also called "warming filter" - it will interfere and change the White Balance (= colours). But when used with Auto WB the effect is corrected again. So what's the point then? White Balance correction can be done in PP later if the camera preset or the Auto WB doesn't give the expected result.
 

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A steep learning curve for me, in order of chronological usage: used a local brand Steinzxxx, then a shop recommended Vitacon Pro uv, then finally dunked them all and now using two uv filters: hoya uv filter and the new hoya HD Haze uv filter.

Happy now :)
 

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Hi guys! I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of a UV Protector/Filter. :dunno: What is suitable for a Nikon D90? Which brand? Will affect the shots taken in a good or bad way?:sweat:
I just bought my D90 yesterday and I was told by my friend to buy one! I need your help and opinions here guys! Thanks!
uncle rashkae give you the advantages - i.e. protection.

disadvantages is, possible vignetting.. possible ghosting at night. if you don't know what these means, please google.

as for skylight filter being neutral.. that is not true. skylight filters warm up the scene. as usual, the usual suspects are spreading misinformation based on flawed understanding.
 

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