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

  1. #11

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

    Yeah, when I was up in the Olympic Mountains in Washington State I did not have a UV and all my shots looked hazy. The color ones had a bluish cast that was really hard to correct for when printing. So, yes, a UV does actually do something when using film. Thats why I bought a UV for my upcoming trip to Guatemala.

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

    No.

    Bruce Watson

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

    As I'm a rather heavy user of filters, and quite frequently use multiple filters on an image as it is, I'm loath to include filters that doesn't do much if anything to a set of filters that does do something useful (polarizer, ND Grads, warming).

    Only time I'd consider using the UV would be in harsh environments, such as blowing sand or near salt water to protect a front element. Even then I'm more apt to use a skylight filter... at least it adds a touch of warmth when shooting in cold light.

    The UV filter will not make hazy days clear nor will it have much if any effect when used on wider than normal or even standard length lenses. It will, however, be of some help on distant vistas when telephoto lenses are used.

    Lens caps and/or hoods serve as far better "lens protectors" if that's the intent.

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

    Nope. I don't even have one that would fit any of my LF lenses.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.

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

    Never a UV, with color, in forest or at altitude I usually have an 81A

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

    I shoot color, so I may use an 81-A or 81-B very infrequently. Most of the time I do not use any filtration at all.

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

    I mostly shoot B&W with lf, a lot of the lenses I use are older, odd sizes or without filter threads, in that case, I hold filters (red orange, or yellow) in front during exposure.
    For color I frequently use a polarizing filter.
    When not in use, for protection, I try to keep caps on my lenses.

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

    I recently started to use a UV filter to protect the front element because modern large format lenses are becoming expensive past the rate of inflation.

    I use Uv protective filters for my other format lenses, so why not my large format?

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