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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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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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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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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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is it normal to get significant lens flare with a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens?

I've purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. But I'm really disappointed in the results, especially when using it for night photography. :( In my night shots a lot of lens flare appears in my photos. I'...
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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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How to protect camera and lenses against "color bombs"?

India has an annual "festival of colors" where participants throw colored powder on each other. The idea is apparently spreading. A LensRentals blogpost titled "How to Ruin Your (or Our) Gear in 5 ...
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How to clean shattered UV filter glass from Lens?

I have a camera lens where the UV filter shattered when it was in my camera bag. I was able to remove the filter, but there's bits of glass on the lens. I currently just put the lens cap back on and ...
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Filter for Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens

I have bought a Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens for my Canon 70D. Is it okay for bird photography? Also kindly suggest a filter for the same.
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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

I want to take photos of a theater scene. I usually use a UV filter for nature photography, but what about a theater scene in a saloon with a dark environment? Is there any specific filter for these ...
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Does high reflectiveness of digital sensor lead to poor lens performance?

I Googled film vs dslr and found an article from 2007 that said: Digital sensor has higher reflectiveness than film. The light bouncing back from sensor will cause flare and lead to poor optical ...
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K10D poor focus - manual or auto - with full-frame zoom lens

I'm getting very poor focus particularly at the long end of an 80-320mm tele lens that I am using with my Pentax K10D. The lens was originally bought for my 35mm Pentax SLR (maybe an MZ5 or something, ...
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