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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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Do I need a UV filter?

Simple answer: No, you don't need a UV filter. There is no particular reason to use one... film was quite sensitive to UV light, more so that the eye, so when shooting film a UV filter did something ...
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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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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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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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Are UV filters required for shooting film?

I bought a used Minolta with UV filters on both lenses. One day while shooting, I took it off half way into a roll of 200 speed film. The shots were super sketchy after that, so if you are shooting ...
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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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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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Do wildlife photographers use UV illumination when filming coral reef swims?

Short answer: No, they use underwater lamps with normal light (maybe more intense light than a normal underwater lighting device) and coloured filters for the lens. Note that I said "coloured filters"...
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Do UV filters serve any other purpose on modern lenses other than to protect them?

TLDR; No they dont. Long version; You are right. Modern films and digital sensors are highly insensitive to ultra violet and in most cases UV filters are just doing the protection job. This can be ...
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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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What are the real-life benefits of B+W's MRC?

MCR (as already noted, Multi Resistant Coated) filters greatly reduce ghosting, something which has often affected exposures made with non-coated versions. Good filters and B&W are possibly the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you focus a shot with an IR/UV passfilter?

There are basically two ways to do this: Autofocus works properly with an IR-pass filter in place, as does auto-assisted manual focus (you turn the focus ring, the camera tells you if things are in ...
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How to filter non-ultraviolet portions of the EM spectrum on a camera (Eg, needing a UV pass filter)?

I found that I was having a problem finding this initially due to my lack of full understanding of what the filter would accomplish and some missing terminology. Ultimately I did end up finding a pre-...
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Is a quartz lens necessary to prevent UV blocking on full spectrum enabled cameras?

It's true that most lenses don't transmit very much UV light, however, it's not true that only quartz lenses are suitable for UV photography. You can also use enlarging lenses, and even some modern ...
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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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How to photograph a glow run?

With the constant UV lights providing the illumination it's just a question of getting the exposure right and limiting camera movement. You're probably going to have to accept some motion blur from ...
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Can I put a blacklight lamp into my softbox?

It isn't clear if you're trying to photograph per fluorescence, or some mixture of fluorescent and "white" light. In general fluorescence is weak so it won't take much white light to overwhelm the ...
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How can I correct high-altitude photos taken without a UV filter?

It is not missing. It is all stacked to the right of the graph. The rest is scaled down proportionally. What it means is that you have a lot of blue on your highlights. To correct it you could: a) ...
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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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