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Old 09-15-2020, 04:49 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Decapod401 View Post
The front element of the 150-600 is at the very front of the barrel, and is a very large 92mm in diameter. I can't get past the thought that the front element is much more vulnerable than the one on the shorter lens, and I keep a UV filter on it for protection.
There certainly are some lenses that give you cause for pause when it comes to physical protection. With me, it's the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G. The front of that lens looks like a big, glass bowl. All it would take is one little smack from "tripod dude" to trash an $1,800 lens. Unfortunately, there's no filter ring on that baby, so I just have to guard it religiously. I rarely take it on charters anyway, because the perspective distortion on trestle shots (the only place I would really need it) is so strong that it can be difficult to correct in post. For wide angle shots, I typically bring the Nikkor 16-35 f/4G, which is significantly lighter, does accept a filter and just "looks" a whole lot less vulnerable.

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