filter/lens protection for Nikon D70 18-70 standard Kit lens

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Mals, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. Mals

    Mals Guest

    Would somebody be able to advice which filter I should buy for Nikon D70?

    Right now I am thinking primarily of protecting the lens from dust etc.
    Not sure if I should go for the UV filter for that purpose.

    If so which brand should I buy? Thanks!
     
    Mals, Jul 17, 2004
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    Wayne Moses Guest

    For a UV filter, brand does nto really matter. Get a thin-ring multi-coated
    filter and you would be all set.
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    Regards,
    Wayne
    Nikon D70
    AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5/4.5G ED
    AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4/5.6G
     
    Wayne Moses, Jul 17, 2004
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  3. Mals

    Mals Guest

    Thanks!

    Is a UV filter also the most generic filter, which I can leave on the lens
    most of the time?
    And if you were to suggest a brand or two, what might those be?
     
    Mals, Jul 17, 2004
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  4. I'd go for none...don't need any cheap piece of glass mucking up the
    image.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 17, 2004
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  5. Mals

    Mals Guest

    That is what I was worrying about.
    But would I not expose the lens face to dust and such other things, if I did
    not use a cover?

    Although the risk of introducing distortion does exist!
     
    Mals, Jul 18, 2004
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  6. I've never been a fan of UV/skylight filters. But then, I'm careful
    with my equipment.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 18, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    I'm with Randall on this one. The "risk" of exposing the lens face to
    dust is negligible. Of course it will be exposed to dust - so would a
    filter! That's what dust cloths are for. :) Besides, dust won't
    harm your lens anyway. Do always keep the lens cap on when you're not
    taking pictures, just to keep it protected and clean.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kohary, Jul 18, 2004
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    D.R. Guest

    A high quality thin Circular Polarizer.
     
    D.R., Jul 18, 2004
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    YoYo Guest

    Get a Hood for your lens that way its protected but not degraded.
     
    YoYo, Jul 18, 2004
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    Lisa Allen Guest

    HI Mals- new here just putting in my .02 on the protective filter. Yes- a UV
    filter is a good choice for leaving on the lens- I prefer and use B+W & Hoya
    they both have mulit coatings and are good quality . Tiffen also sells a
    multicoating UV filter for short money ( although I can't review it b/c i've
    never used that one). Also I have in the past used an skylight 1A filter as
    a protetor it also requires no exposure compensation when used like the UV
    filters.
    Hope the info is useful in your decision. ;) !
    Lisa
     
    Lisa Allen, Jul 18, 2004
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  11. Oh, that's a brilliant idea. Just chop off a stop or so all the time.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 18, 2004
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  12. Mals

    Lisa Allen Guest

    Hi again Mals- just like the others have stated dust would be a factor of
    moot point -no matter what you'd want to keep your lens clean of dust..
    filter or not. A lot of people that use filters as a tiny bit of extra
    insurance do so because they are of the school that they would rather
    replace a filter if it gets scratched than to replace a lens ( cost wise)
    people that recommend filters of higher quality do so to make sure that you
    aren't detrimental to your own efforts. after all cheap filters on a nice
    lens = a crap shoot of poor quality outcome. If you are the only one that
    handles your equipment and know that you are very gentile with it- then
    maybe you would be better off forgoing the filter ? I work with a lot of
    children's groups through out the year and sometimes the little darlings
    just can't help but put their fingers all over everything ! I know everyone
    situation and opinion is different.. so here is some "salt" !
    Take Care- Lisa
     
    Lisa Allen, Jul 18, 2004
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    C J Campbell Guest

    Nikon recommends in the instructions for the lens that you use an NC filter
    to protect the lens at all times. You see this in the instructions for that
    $1400 80-400 mm zoom, too. Apparently Nikon does not believe that the "cheap
    piece of glass" mucks up the performance of the lenses.
     
    C J Campbell, Jul 18, 2004
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  14. No, Nikon wants to sell you their overpriced filters.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 18, 2004
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    D.R. Guest

    No, not all the time. But many consider a C/P the only filter one needs, used
    sparingly.
     
    D.R., Jul 18, 2004
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  16. A polarizer is always going to make you lose at least a stop. It's
    stupid to have one on all the time. A polarizer is like salt on your
    food...it should be used sparingly.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 18, 2004
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  17. Mals

    D.R. Guest

    Depends how much you like salt. ;-)

    Agreed though.
     
    D.R., Jul 18, 2004
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    Wayne Moses Guest

    UV or Skylight 1A are the types most people use. Th eSkylight tends to be a
    mite warmer.
    Depends on hw much you want to spend. In my case I find Tiffen filters to be
    very good bang for the buck and in keeping with my modest photography needs.
    I even got some Quantarays (Wolf/Ritz Canera house brand) for a good price
    one day. Make sure you get multi-coated filters though. Makes a difference.
    --

    Regards,
    Wayne
    Nikon D70
    AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5/4.5G ED
    AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4/5.6G
     
    Wayne Moses, Jul 19, 2004
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  19. Mals

    Wayne Moses Guest

    I know where you are coming from, but for the levels of expertise of most of
    us, the benefits of protection far outweighs the potential of damage to the
    lens. I doubt if there would be that much of a difference in the pictures we
    take, with and without a good multi-coated filter.

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    Regards,
    Wayne
    Nikon D70
    AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5/4.5G ED
    AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4/5.6G
     
    Wayne Moses, Jul 19, 2004
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  20. Mals

    Wayne Moses Guest

    Hehehe ... what the he** does Nikon know ... :)

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    Regards,
    Wayne
    Nikon D70
    AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5/4.5G ED
    AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4/5.6G
     
    Wayne Moses, Jul 19, 2004
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