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Old 06-15-2015, 10:13 PM #1
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Suggestions for strong 77mm UV filter

Bear with my here, and my short story... I had a 70-200mm 2.8 Sigma that I used occasionally for paintball pics. One day it was hit by a Paintball (possibly a very old paintball) and it broke the Tiffen 77mm UV filter I had on it and it SCRATCHED like really deep, the front element of the lens. Luckily the scratch was near the edge of the lens, so I didnt show up in pictures, and was able to sell it.

Fast forward some years now and I have the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR2, I'd really like to take more pictures of paintball, without endangering the lens that much.. dont want the filter incident to happen again..

Are there any specific brand UV filters that are a bit thicker than most? or should I say, less thin...
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:11 AM #2
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Easy solution - don't take a $2,500 lens on the paintball field. You're never going to recover the $$ you lose getting it all mucked up, not worth it. Buy some cheapie telephoto zoom and save your nice gear for real photography.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:32 PM #3
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I've been using a HOYA UV filter on my 70-200 f/2.8 and taken several shots to the filter with zero issues. I love Tiffens ND filters but I wouldn't trust them on a paintball field. I feel they are a little lower quality but that's just me.

And trust me, I've been caught in lanes before and you don't want to cheap out on something that's protecting your lens.

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