In the days of 35mm I would always run a UV filter on my lens but I have heard it many times that I should get myself a Polarizing filter, especially for shots with glazing that are becoming much more common to me.
I have got the old Cokin system still but wonder about a simple screw on type of filter with the AF-S lenses are they more fragile etc?
#1. "RE: Filters and holders" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Fri 25-May-12 01:58 PM
Filters serve a specific purpose. Get the correct one for the job you have.
UV filters are often used as "protection" filters while their photographic properties are ignored (photographically not needed on digital cameras as they have UV filters built into the sensor array). For most folks the lens hood provides all the "protection" you need while providing is photographic purpose.
The Cokin-style filters are purely photographic. They do not provide any "protection".
Polarizing filters are great for what they do, when you need them photographically. They are a poor choice of "protection" filter since they are expensive and greatly affect your photography results whenever they are on the lens.
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#2. "RE: Filters and holders" | In response to Reply # 1Fri 25-May-12 02:39 PM
Thank you for the reply,
I appreciate the protection or not protection given with Cokin filters my desire is to further appreciate if a DSLR will be fooled the same way the 35mm film is as my collection is buried away and if I can expect little gain, they can remain so.
As for the UV filter I was raised on protecting the lens coatings hence my continued use on the DSLR
#5. "RE: Filters and holders" | In response to Reply # 0
With respect to protective filters, I would recommend that you read Using Protective Filters Pros and Cons .
If you decide to use protective filters, keep in mind that Digital Sensors are not sensitive to UV light so Clear Multi-coated filters are recommended.
As for Polarizers; if you buy a quality filter made by Nikon, B+W, etc... they are well made and very durable. I have used screw in Polarizers for decades without any issues with the exception of using them on lenses that the front of the lens rotates when focusing like your 18-55mm. Fortunately only a few of my lenses are affected.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#6. "RE: Filters and holders" | In response to Reply # 0
If you have a Cokin polarizer, and you're satisfied with the way it works, just use that. There's no reason to spend more money for duplicate functionality. The traditional screw-on filters are not more fragile, in fact they probably are a bit less fragile if anything. I've used both types over the years and had no complaint about the results from either of them. The thing I did not like about the Cokin polarizer was that it was hard to rotate in the holder. In cold weather it was particularly difficult and if my finger slipped while trying to get it to rotate, it generally took a bite out of my finger, literally to the point of drawing blood. After the fourth or fifth time of doing that, I ditched the Cokin system and (a) got threaded polarizers for every lens size and (b) got a Lee filter system for the larger ND and grad ND filters.
And, since I'm writing, I'm one of those that was raised with the strict admonition to always protect the lens with a filter. 150,000 frames later, I know the cost of that, and I don't do it on a general basis, although I do keep a clear protective filter in the bag for every lens size, right along with the CP for each size. I probably use them about four or five times a year.
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