Just bought B+W 77 mm MRC UV filter. What lens should I get to protect it?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by dogbert, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Just a little photonet humour to brighten you day.
  2. The real question, Geoff, is how many frames per second you need in a new body in order to keep an eye on the status of the filter. This is what the new bodies' 1080 HD video is really for: real time filter status monitoring, and recording all of the events that might happen on, or near your Important German Filters.

    Disclaimer: I actually like B+W filters. They're pretty much the only ones I'll buy.
  3. Actually you only need to buy a lens hood... with the astonishing protection afforded by these two combined, a lens seems entirely unnecessary.
  4. I just bought a 50mm f/1.8. Which country should I visit to take pictures with it?
  5. "What lens should I get to protect it?"

    A lens can not protect a filter. Only you can prevent filter failure. You have to keep the filter in it's case. I store most of mine in file storage boxes that are resistant to fire and flood. My classic filters are in Safety Deposit boxes.
    I am glad I could be of some assistance.
  6. Hilarious, you made me laugh out loud!
  7. :) Just bought a Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB CF card. What camera body should I store it in?
  8. I bought a lens cleaning kit today bo no lens to use it on.
  9. is there a 3rd party hood for this filter? the branded one seems to be very expensive...
  10. hehe, at wirst I was like 'gosh, no way', and then my faith in humanity was temporarily restored =)
    Thanks for that I needed it!
  11. Well, let's not put the cart before the horse. Spend some time shooting with just the filter, then you should know what lens to get to protect it.
  12. You need a Canon 50mm f1.2L to protect that filter! I wouldn't waste a second getting one.
  13. And for God's sake, DO NOT buy a 3rd party lens to protect that filter. They just don't offer the same protection as a Canon L. Also, the Canon L lenses (most) will help keep weather off of that filter!
    THis made my morning, thanks!
  14. I would recommend a Hoya UV filter to protect your B+W filter.
  15. Whatever it is, it must be a prime. You obviously can't get the image quality that this filter is capable of if you put it on a zoom.
  16. No, no, no! Let your filter go unprotected. You would not want to put other pieces of glass behind such a good piece of glass. It could only degrade image quality.
  17. It depends, what type of shooting will you be doing? I believe the safest would be total darkness, and by that you need a lens cap, any lens sporting 77mm, and the rear cap for that lens. Now your filter will not see the light of day, and remain somewhat safe.
  18. No lens needed, just use a pinhole body cap, and glue your new filter on the front of it!
  19. why would you put a lens on that expensive filter? It's only gonna degrade the image quality.
  20. In all seriousness, you really only need to protect your filter from etching produced when acids from the oils in your finger start attacking it. I don't know if they still carry it, but B&H used to sell a filter cleaning system called "SOS Pads", closely related to the PEC Pads (notice the use of "pads") used for digital sensor cleaning. A gentle scrub of the filter, once a month, with SOS Pads will ensure your photographs will have colors and lines you never imagined would be possible until now. Congratulations on your new acquisition!
  21. Just a cheap filter on each side, those will protect the B+W from the lens and the lens cap.
  22. I'd suggest using a set of aluminum filter stack caps...I get a set with every filter purchased.
  23. Apparently, you need a 77mm focal length lens.
  24. This is a silly question (obviously you are a newb (or experientially challenged as we are allowed to say)). If you have
    bought an Ultra Violet filter then self evidently you need an Ultra Violet lens. Now, did you buy the 'crop factor' filter or the
    'full frame' filter (I won't bore you with war stories about my 'large format' one - this is not a p'ing contest after all.). If you
    bought the crop filter then it's not really 'Ultra Violet' but rather a 'little bit more than purple' filter and for this the cheap
    'shocking holga purple' would be a good choice for someone such as yourself. Of course I haven't asked you what is your
    preferred filtering use? Frisbee or pizza? I will leave that to others but if you look on sites such as photozone.de you will
    see lots of lovely graphs and colours that maybe you can use to get some polarization if you haven't got any CDs. One
    other thing, you have absolutely picked the best, high quality filter for macro work - if you hold it about 8 inches above
    your macro subject in the direction of the sun then you will get some great high temperature laser frying shots.

    Good luck with it - happy filtering.
  25. Geoff - any lens you buy to protect the filter will only degrade image quality. You should shoot with the filter protected only by a filter hood.
  26. It would seem that you are getting a lot of advice from people who have never actually used a 77mm filter here.
    Firstly you should protect this with a lens with a 49mm filter thread and adaptor. This will ensure that you only use the center "sweet spot" of the filter and avoid the soft corners and vigneting that such a wide filter can cause.
    Secondly given that this is a UV filter I would recommend that you use an appropriate make of lens such as Sunagor or even Hazelblad to make the most of it.
    A hood is good protection but unless you happen to live in Chicago where are you going to find one with enough time on his hands to do the job properly.
    Lastly never try to clean filters with a cloth, you will never get the little holes clean that way so how will the light get through? Either a stiff brush or a jetwash should do the job.
    Good luck and feel free to ask me if you need any other advice.

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