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Do cheap filters have an effect on image quality?

Do cheap lens filters (UV, ND, CPL) affect image quality, color reproduction, sharpness, etc.? Do they really offer protection?
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What filter do you use for concert, low light photography?

What filter do you use for concert, low light photography? I'm buying a Nikon F mount 24-70 and not sure what type of filter? Clear, UV?
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Why is anti-reflective coating on front surface of lens or filter? How can it works?

Principle of anti-reflective coating is very simple: thin layer between air and glass returns light wave in opposite phase. Or to be more precise: anti-reflective layer shifts light wave about 1/2 of ...
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Is the artifact in this photo caused by lens flare?

I analyse a lot of online images, but I am not proficient with the ins and outs of lens flares. Literally know the basics. Is the object in the sky in this photo a flare due to the shining headlight?
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1 answer
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Can someone explain the strange dot on my pictures?

I recently observed a strange flares appearing on my pictures. Can someone please help me what it is? I use clean lens with UV filters The dot/flare is constant across all the lens I have. The ...
73 votes
11 answers
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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 ...
20 votes
8 answers
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Is a UV filter better for lens protection than a protector filter?

I'm usually very good at getting water/finger marks on lens, so I must use something for protection. Is there any downside of using an UV filter instead of a protector filter? Example: Hoya HD ...
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1 answer
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How can I eliminate glare from stage lights when taking concert photos?

I have a problem that I have not been able to solve involving glare. I shoot a lot of concert photos from 6-12 feet away. I keep getting glare from the lights. I have used a hood, filters, various ...
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1 answer
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Canon or Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 [closed]

This is a two parts question 1) Is there a significant reason I should get the Tamron 70-200 G2 rather than the Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD? 2) Would getting the Canon 70-200L (first version) ...
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Can I use new "designed-for-digital" Leica lenses with a Leica film body?

I'm planning on buying a Leica film body. However, newer lenses are much easier to find. Presumably, newer lenses have been designed for digital bodies. I read that the new Leica lenses for M mount ...
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2 answers
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is uv filter a must? [duplicate]

I am using panasonic 25mm 1.7 lens in olympus omd-em10 ii body. Neither of them have a uv coating. Will it hurt lens/processor health if I use it without filter?
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What could cause this visible artifact which seems to a be a glowing inverse of something outside of the frame overlayed on this photograph?

An acquaintance recently posted an image to FB from his recent trip to the JFK Historic Site asking for an explanation of a visible artifact he states was not visible to the naked eye but was visible ...
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How can I get prevent ghost sun images when shooting with a solar filter?

I am getting ready to shoot the upcoming solar eclipse. During my practice runs, I am getting either single or multiple reflections of the sun. Using Star Adventurer tracking mount, Canon 500D with an ...
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1 answer
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Which lens coatings reduce internal reflection?

I've used the Pentax Super Takumar 50 f1.4 and love the lens but notices that in certain lightning situations I get a yellow blur in the shape of the a lens blade. Using my hand I can sometimes stop ...