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ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation light with wavelengths shorter than violet visible light (400nm), sometimes undesirable in photography; can be removed using UV filters

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Are there any downsides to using a good-quality UV filter?

Are there any real downsides to using a UV filter? I know that a poor quality UV filter can effect image quality ... but, assuming I use a good quality UV filter, will that actually be an issue? Is ...
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Are digital sensors sensitive to UV?

Is there any way, shape, or form that ultraviolet light is recorded by a digital sensor? Ideally, this question is related strictly to the sensor, without even a glass lens in between which could cut ...
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Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection?

Is it still required/highly recommended that I buy a UV or similar filter to 'protect' the front element of my lens? I ask because this advice has been around for 30 years and you would think that ...
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What effect does a UV filter provide?

I know that I should always use a filter on my lens to protect the camera lens, however, exactly what impact to the picture does using a UV filter have — since that is the one most often used? I seem ...
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What are the real-life benefits of B+W's MRC?

My 24-105L is in the mail, and I'm looking for a filter to protect the front element. I've decided to go with B+W since they seem to have the best quality to match my L lens. I've narrowed it down to ...
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How do I know the lightbulb I am buying is UV-filtered?

Thanks to Rob Hoare's advice on cobbling together my own "overhead scanner", I would like to purchase extra lighting that I can use to illuminate documents as I photograph them. I would like to make ...
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Do UV filters stop excessive blue light?

I have noticed that taking photos in bright Texas sunlight on my Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.8 lens results in a blueish look over the whole photo. Someone said that a UV filter would help to remove ...
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Are UV filters required for shooting film?

I know that digital sensors have filters that filter out UV and IR light and thus do not require UV filters, but what about film? Are IR or UV filters required when shooting film?
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What is the difference between UV and Skylight filters?

I was used to put a Skylight filter to protect my lens, but last time the shop assistant recommended me to use a UV filter instead for Digital SLR. I though they were the same, only different in ...
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What does UV coating do for a flash tube?

For studio portrait lighting, is it better to have a UV coated flashtube, or a clear flashtube, and why? Does it make a difference what ambient light there is?
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Do wildlife photographers use UV illumination when filming coral reef swims?

When I watch coral reef nature documentaries, the lighting on the coral reef looks incredible. When I actually swim in Coral Reefs (eg Far North Queensland), what is see is generally green or dark ...
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Does custom white balance cancel out the pink of skylight filter?

I currently have a cheap UV filter that was initially purchased with the camera. I am looking at buying a HOYA UV or Skylight filter as it is suggested this may help improve the image quality. Many ...
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Does my L lens need UV filtering, or does it already cut out UV?

Now I know the "should my expensive lens have cheap glass on the front?" is an age old question that will never be agreed upon and ends up down to preference. What I'm interested in is the UV vs ...
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Do UV filters serve any other purpose on modern lenses other than to protect them? [duplicate]

Are camera sensors sensitive to UV light? I thought that all modern cameras have UV protection 'built in'. Do UV filters serve any purpose nowadays other than protecting the lens from dirt, ...
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Are there cheaper alternatives to standard UV photography equipment?

I am familiar with the standard lens/filter system often used - the UV-Nikkor 105mm f/4.5s lens, what I am wondering is if there are cheaper alternatives to this standard (which I believe is also ...
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How to photograph a glow run?

I am asked to photograph people participating in a Glow Run. For those unfamiliar, a glow run takes place outdoors, at night and people wear UV facepaint, fluo clothing and carry glowsticks. I have ...
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Does UV light pass through the fabric of a softbox?

Studio flash makers sell both bare flash tubes and flash tubes with a UV coating to block the UV emissions. Quite a few studio monolights come up on eBay without the UV coating, and I'm wondering if ...
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Do I need a UV filter? [duplicate]

I'm an amateur and I'm buying a Nikon D5200. What exactly are filters used for? Do I need one for basic nature photography?
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Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?

I like to use UV filters to protect the front side of my lenses. I have always used the cheap Tiffen filters, around US$5.00 each, depending on the diameter. My question is, should I spend some more ...
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Which is the correct filter size for Canon SX30 IS?

I bought the Canon SX30is last week. I want to buy a filter for that. Can you suggest to me which is the better filter for that? I read lots of reviews on that — there is confusion about 52mm UV ...
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How do you focus a shot with an IR/UV passfilter?

I'm researching the world of photography outside of the visible spectrum and I'm really curious to get my hands on some filters, the Baader-U for example, to try shooting in these spectra. However, I ...
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What are best brands and (side) effects of UV filters?

I just bought a Canon T2i and I'm concerned that I need a UV filter (for protection) and I have some questions. What are the best brands of filters? What (side)effects filters brings to the table? ...
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Is a quartz lens necessary to prevent UV blocking on full spectrum enabled cameras?

I have read that in order to operate a "full spectrum" camera properly, so as to not block light in the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum, that one needs to acquire quartz lenses for one's camera. ...
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How can I correct high-altitude photos taken without a UV filter?

I took a string of photos, without a UV filter, at an altitude of 2.500m/8.200ft and they all look 'odd', flat, washed out. In the GIMP Color > Levels Tool the Input Levels the histogram for the red ...
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Where can I buy a filter for UV photography in Europe? (sub 400 nm)

Does anyone know where one can purchase filters for UV photography in Europe? These are the opposite of standard UV filters - these block visible light and only allow UV to pass through. All I could ...
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Studio Time Lapse Photography

I'm looking to do a time lapse video of a studio a UV make up shoot I've got coming up. I want to shoot the set up then actual shoot. As its a UV shoot the lighting will either very low or on during ...
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How to filter non-ultraviolet portions of the EM spectrum on a camera (Eg, needing a UV pass filter)?

I am assembling a project wherein I will be using a full spectrum camera that captures from around 250nm on up into infrared. My goal is to primarily work within the lower wavelength (ultraviolet) / ...
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UV Filter Coating

I am using a Hoya UV Filter which the coating is inside the filter, not outside. I have today noticed that there is a small failure in the coating which is very small but annoying. My question is, ...
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Which filters should I be buying for Canon EOS 550 D, 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the must-have filters for a new photographer I'm planning to order my first DSLR: a Canon EOS 550D with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, and a 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS ...
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Can I put a blacklight lamp into my softbox?

I have a softbox with an E27 bulb holder. Will it take a Blacklight lamp?