>Good Morning Dan. I appreciate your comments and >encouragement. Sorry for the delay in stating my appreciation >for your input. > >Believe it or not, I still have not been out to shoot my new >camera (d7000)or my new lens. I did not think retirement life >would get so busy. As I mentioned in a earlier respondent to >my post, my wife and I are going to Charleston, SC on the 25th >so... I hope to give all of them a workout. > >May I ask a few other basic questions (remember coming from a >real novice). I purchased a protective lens and a Nikon >polarizing filter for the 18-105. Did you keep a polarizing >filter on your 18-105 most of the time? What about the 70-300? >I presume the 70-300 will need all the light it can so again >thus, I would presume you did not. I will need a protective >filter for the 70-300, true? In your opinion, are the 2 Nikon >filters really that much more superior as they are so very >costly? > >Sorry for all the questions. > >All the Best > >Don > > Thanks Don,
I too retired...about 3 years ago... and I love it. Now I have time to finally do enough with my cameras that I remember what all the settings do!!
I loved my 18-105 on my D90....but when I got my D800 I sold the 18-105, and others, to fund some better lenses. When I had the D90 I kept a UV filter on all lenses all of the time. Then when I got my D800 I wanted to get the best possible IQ I could get and I took them all off. In my opinion, taking them off helped and there are many on the forum that don't use them on the newer coated Nikon glass since the new lenses are more durable to light scratches and cleaning. Some of the pros state that they use filters only for photo effects (polarizers, warming, ND, etc....not for protection. I agree with them.
That said, there are many folks that keep 'protective filters' on all their lenses at all time. And many, like me, that put them on only if they are out with a naked camera (no case) and going through the woods or brush...just in case...then take them off to shoot. It is a very personal (and debatable) topic. It is up to you.
If you have a hood on your lenses, that should provide protection also..even from a short drop (heaven forbid). Expensive filters may be better than cheap ones...but having no filter is best, unless you need it for effects....my opinion. So again it is up to you whether you want to spend the money for better (?) results.
Dan (Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40) "I don't read, I just look at pictures" - Andy Warhol