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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

I have the same lens. Your front element is not broken From your photo it looks like only a protective filter (UV?) broke. Notice the letters saying "16-35mm". They are printed on the ...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

I'm answering the question based on if it wasn't the UV filter you broke, in case anyone stumbles here in the future. Can I get it repaired? This honestly depends on the age of the lens. For ...
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is uv filter a must?

No. The filter stack directly in front of your camera's sensor already has a UV filter. The purpose is not to protect the sensor from anything, though. The sensor does not need protection from UV ...
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

That's actually an L1BC filter (ell one bee cee). It's equivalent to a Skylight 1A, and is meant to cut UV with film. It's of very limited use with digital; primarily to reduce blue-channel ...
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Are UV filters required for shooting film?

The light sensitive goodies in photographic film are naturally only sensitive to ultraviolet, violet, and blue light. These blue only sensitive films yield images that sometimes appear strange. Red ...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

From what I've seen online, front element replacement for Canon L lenses typically runs around $200. A good UV filter in that diameter is $60 (or more); to me, that's not a great price for insurance ...
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Can a circular polariser be used with a UV filter?

I wouldn't advocate the use of these two filters together as DSLR's don't really need additional UV filters and for each filter you increase the chances of internal reflections etc. plus the polariser ...
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is uv filter a must?

The ultraviolet (UV) filter is a must when taking pictures with a film camera and you are doing aerial photography and/or landscape photography of distant mountains. There is no benefit from the UV ...
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Good quality UV Filter

If you don't have it yet, get the original lens hood. It will protect the lens and improve image quality.
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

It's likely that you're not reading the filter correctly. It's probably L1Bc. It's a skylight / UV filter used in the film days. It has a very slight pinkish cast. It has no value when used with ...
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Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM 'Pancake' lens hood and UV filter

TL;DR - Go lens -> filter -> Hood, except if the hood causes massive vignetting or corner loss. Don't use a UV for protection - use it to enhance the shot or not at all. Filters add additional ...
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Should I leave my UV filter on permanently?

Is this a bad habit, which I need to kick? Consider this: Would you use your camera in all situations where you currently use your camera, if you didn't have UV filters? I do this to protect the ...
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how can i avoid red flare on my sun set photos?

This looks like ghosting or other flare caused by a reflection off the back of a lens element or filter. Flat filters are often the most obvious offenders. If you are using a UV filter for "...
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

The Nikon L1BC is a multicoated Skylight + UV filter. This filter is multicoated. The coat on lenses and filters mitigates reflections. Thus the filter passes more light than a non-coated filter. The ...
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Can I do UV imaging from my mobile camera?

Although the sensors may be sensitive to non-visible wavelengths, no generally available consumer camera will reliably capture light outside of the visible spectrum because filters are placed in front ...
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How to Preserve Antique Framed Photos

UV blocking window films are available at auto window tinting shops. That being said, harmful UV rays are stopped by ordinary glass. That being said, silver based black and white prints are unlikely ...
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How to photograph a glow run?

After reading this, by a complete and uncanny coincidence, I noticed a You Tube video suggesting placing two blue and one purple filter over a flash to closely replicated a black light. The video even ...
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Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection?

Other answers here cover the protection issue fairly well — there are other ways to protect your lens which work as well or better in most cases, and the loss of image quality is very real. (See Are ...
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Are there any downsides to using a good-quality UV filter?

Yes. Adding two additional refractive interfaces will always affect image quality to one degree or another. Putting a flat filter on the front of a lens system will always increase lens flare caused ...
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Good quality UV Filter

My advice is, never mount a filter unless the harm overshadows the good. Besides the digital camera sports an internal UV filter built into the protective cover glass that protects the image sensor. ...
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Can a circular polariser be used with a UV filter?

Physically if the screw thingies fit yes, but why would you want it? UV dont add much in value and are mostly just basic glass. Most of the time it only degenerates image quality. So if you need it ...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

It appears your filter is what shattered, not the front element of the lens. While some might argue that the filter "saved" your lens I see it a bit differently. Due to the presence of the filter on ...
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Are there cameras that take photos capturing NIR, Visible and UV light?

Depending on your definition of "commercial availability" (it is pretty unavailable to me) Phase One Achromatic might fit the description. One more comment: the relative intensity / sensor ...
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Is there any real need for substitute filters for a manual-focus, live view full spectrum conversion?

Removing glass from the light pathway would result in the loss of infinity focus unless you can decrease the distance between the lens and sensor "past" infinity. Helicoids, bellows, extension tubes ...
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Do cameras actively filter out UV light, or only infrared?

UV is annoyingly present when doing landscapes and aerial photography. It records as a haze that blocks the clear view of distant mountains and it veils the land when imaged from high altitudes. A UV ...
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Using UV or IR as a fill light

More problems: Most lenses focus IR and UV in different places than visible light. (Why there are IR focus marks on old lenses) Modern lenses tend to have some UV blocking in the coating. Modern ...
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Using UV or IR as a fill light

You may get light with UV or IR, but you won't get colors. That may be OK for black-and-white photos. To get accurate R, G, B colors, you need a source light that contains red, green and blue ...
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Using UV or IR as a fill light

Theoretically, yes. But it will be difficult to achieve desirable results and comes with many potential risks and gotchas. Full disclosure, I've never tried this, but based on the somewhat limited ...
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Are OBAs used in other colors of paper besides white?

Some papers have substrates that fluoresce uV and if these substrates, which are cheap, are used then there will be some response to uV even on colored paper. There are also specialty papers with ...
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Are there cameras that take photos capturing NIR, Visible and UV light?

Normal DSLRs do record NIR (and some UV); they typically contain filters to avoid that from happening. Google 'remove IR filters' to find out how to make them do just that. Not that - as others ...
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