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    I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    Hi all,

    I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?
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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    NO! Why put some cheap piece of crap on the front of an expensive lens. In all my years of professional photography I have never scratched a lens. Dust can be blown off.
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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    UV filters actually have a use beyond lens protection, especially with film... Also you can spend as much on getting a good one as any other filter, it need not be cheap.

    I don't at the moment, but would be interested to hear peoples opinions.

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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    The only times I have used one with LF are near ocean spray or blowing sand. Each of my medium format lenses has on constantly in place. I tend to move more quickly and in more crowded places with the MF.

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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    Typically, I use a sky 1a when shooting color film outdoors (I like my blue skies blue). Light yellow (08, I think), by default, for black and white (I like my blue skies different from clouds).

    UV? No, not usually. I am pretty sure I don't own one. Piles of contrast filters, but not many clear ones. The sky 1a is slightly different from a UV filter, but it does work for cutting haze a bit. The light yellow works better, I think.

    Lately, I have not been using a filter. (flash photography, it is not really all that useful, and I can use the speed).

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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    Hi Joćo,

    UV filters are a “Yes, no, never, maybe” matter w/ me:

    Leisurely shot in friendly area: No
    Lens getting busy landscape use over the day: Usually yes
    In addition to 2nd filter, like ND, polarizer, warming: Never
    Hostile landscape: Usually always (I’m near sandy beaches & sandstone landscapes)
    Hostile light in composition: No
    Hostile landscape + hostile light: Set-up/take-down, Yes. At moment of shot, No.
    To manage UV transmission to film: Don’t think I’ve ever tried or noticed.

    Sounds like a lot to consider, but it’s really just second nature…

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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    UV filters are generally considered a must when shooting at higher elevations. The film responds to UV that we can't meter. The higher the elevation the more UV. When I've shot at 10K feet or higher, the strongest UV I can find is on the lens. It helps a lot.
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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    No, not a UV.
    Just an 040 for shots with the sky.
    -rob skeoch

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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    No, never.

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    Re: I'm curious! Do you use UV filter in your LF lenses?

    I use a UV haze 2A filter for midday shooting in bright light or at higher elevation at 10k and above. Most UV filters are only 75% effective while the 2A is 100% effective.

    The only place I have been able to find one of these UV filters in a 4x4 size is at B&H Photo at the following URL http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...tialSearch=yes.

    The filter is made by Formatt, and it is not cheap, but man does it work. It sucks the excessive blue out of the scene and is great for fall foliage.

    It comes with plastic border that I carefully ripped off and then coated the ends of the filter with nail polish to seal the multi-layered filter. The filter is too thick to fit into your Lee filter holder so I had to shim one of the slots so the I could insert the filter into the filter holder.

    Hope this helps....

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