A new filter for my new lens

I picked up a filter to protect my new 12-40mm f/2.8 lens. That big front element looked very unprotected. (Read the review conclusion here.)

Filters are a strangely controversial topic on gearhead forums. Many gearheads go crazy at the idea of putting a filter in front of their lens.

I have found these B+W Digital MRC Nano XS-Pro filters to be the best at not causing any ghost reflections when there are bright lights in the frame.

Why do the marketing people put the word “Digital” in the name? Are they not allowed to be used with film cameras?

One thought on “A new filter for my new lens

  1. I think that protection filters should only be used at the Beach, or in similar sandy, dirty and/or wet situations. Remember, by adding a filter, you are actually adding an extra element to the lens, one it was not designed with. Then, there’s the Lens/Air interspace that also contributes to your final image.I have an AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8 ED, that has a Bulbous Front Element that wasn’t designed to accept a conventional filter. A Third Party company, like LEE makes an expensive filter system, that accepts rectangular shaped Glass filters that slide in. Usually, ND filters are the first ones bought, but this system will probably be around $500 just for the basics. This lens has a small Hood, that is Built in to the design. A lens Hood should be your first line of defense, but lenses in general, should be handled with care. If you should catch that once in a lifetime shot, remember that having a Protection Filter on the front, may cost you, by adding flare, distortion, ghosting or loss of contrast in your final image. If you’re just starting out, and still practicing, it may be a good idea to use a Protection Filter, but when you have enough experience, you may want to reconsider this. … JP

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