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Old 17-06-17, 11:25 PM
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If a lens is dropped, most damage occurs internally, damaging the front element is the least of your concerns, a hood will often help break the impact of a fall.

That said if you are photographing a rally stage for example (flying gravel) or are in a sandstorm, then a filter would be useful.
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Old 17-06-17, 11:43 PM
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I photographed dozens and dozens of forest rallies in the 80s, and never had anything damage my lenses. In fact, the only piece of flying gravel I remember landed in my jacket pocket after being launched by Michèle Mouton's Sport Quattro! Kept it for years
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Old 18-06-17, 10:39 AM
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I always use them but am happier to do so now I have discovered the Hoya pro1 digital MC protector filter series. After much testing I can see NO difference with these in place. I always now fit one and always anyway use a lens cap. Since some of my lenses are upward of a thousand quid, who wouldn't?
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Old 19-06-17, 11:34 AM
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How often do you have to replace the filters?
infrequently. only if they're damaged (coating, scratches, or breakage),
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Old 20-06-17, 02:36 AM
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Wow.
In 40 years of SLR usage I have never dropped either a camera or a lens.
I have never had any damage to front elements or (when I didn't know better) a filter.
And I am not known as someone who is precious about their equipment.
Foe example I was getting about as wet as this young lady

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Old 20-06-17, 03:05 AM
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Don't think we are saying we have, we are saying we might...accidents do happen even to someone as lucky as you, so why take the risk, when a filter is £20 and a lens maybe hundreds, thousands even ESP since a good one makes no discernable difference to a shot. Just seems common sense to me?
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Old 20-06-17, 08:53 AM
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I suppose if all my shots were with the sun over my shoulder, at a flint throwing show.

The riskiest place I've taken photos lately has been on the start line at Santa Pod. Nothing happened. No flying debris at all.
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Old 20-06-17, 09:24 AM
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and?...
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Old 20-06-17, 09:42 AM
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and?...
Well, just like someone posted earlier, I've been using an SLR since 1982 and in all sorts of situations, and the only time I've damaged a lens at all was when I dropped the bloody thing onto a stone tiled kitchen floor. Dusty gravel rallies in North Yorkshire? No problems. How does the front element get damaged? If a hood is fitted, you'd have to try very hard indeed.

I use a polariser on my 70-200, but my 16-35 is left naked.

I've just remembered. A penguin pecked the lens once while at Boulders, Cape Town, and even that violent assault did nothing.
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Old 20-06-17, 10:08 AM
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hahahaha
the penguin story is good.
I'm not going through it all again...summary: I'm quite poor. Why take the risk?
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Old 20-06-17, 09:25 PM
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I'm quite poor. I won't spend money on something that I don't need.

I got my first camera - a Canon A1 with a nice 50mm lens - in 1980. The very first thing that I used it for was a beach trip. Some friends got a young lady and buried her up to her waist in the sand. I stepped up to take a picture and the little darling let fly with a handful of wet sand. That landed smack in the middle of the lens. I just brushed it off gently and carried on. No big deal.
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Old 21-06-17, 12:53 AM
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I have them and use them on most of my lenses. However, when taking night shots I remove any filter. My macro lens lives without a filter.

Slowly I am migrating to only using a polarising filter or slot in filters.

Hoods are the best protection from dropping, having done that more than once.
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Old 22-06-17, 11:02 AM
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I'm a relatively recent noob at photography, and found these interesting, and helped lower my paranoia about lenses...

Goto 9:28s


http://kurtmunger.com/dirty_lens_articleid35.html

Oh, and there's this one. Adam Savage describing how he took a $1000 lens to a bandsaw...

From 11:20

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Old 23-06-17, 02:11 AM
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I knew a bloke who drove 45000 a year, and had done for 25 years or so...a million and a quarter miles, and never a scratch. Guess what? My sister drives about 2000 miles a year, has had 13 accidents, and all her cars look like they've done 9 rounds with Mike Tyson in a biting mood.
Some people are just luckier, or more careful, than others.
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Old 23-06-17, 12:18 PM
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I'll never put my lenses in your sister's car then
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