I am probably opening a Pandoras Box with this topic, but do you use Filters. There are so many companies making them thats its a problem getting the right ones. I tended to avoid filters and added the Grads in post production. This, however created Chromatic Aberration and other anomalies .I am sure in the top names of Filter makers, there is not a lot of difference. OK Guys lets not have a Canon/Nikon situation of which is best. I have under duress started to use the new Lee IRND filters and although way too much money, I have to say, been some what impressed with the results.
Over winter I will be living in a very light sunny place, so its is important to get the exposure right, and find the filters will help. Down side is yet more weight to carry.
Camera, Lens and Tripod and a few other Bits
For those of you who won’t make that “sensible” trade-off, I feel your pain each time I dodge a pothole with the low profile 30 series tires I use just for that slight handling edge.
Sigma 70-200/2.8, 105/2.8
Nikon 50/1.4G, 18-200, 80-400G
1 10-30, 30-110
I've broken 3 front elements in my time. An 18-140, 18-200 and a 50mm. Two times from a toppling tripod and once from a body drop. It happens, but your right PB_PM usually other problems occur after a drop especially the F-Mount and zoom ring. Fortunately I have only damaged consumer cheapies. Its been about 13 years now since its happened to me now. Touch wood
To clarify, I was trying to equate by analogy, trading off a bit of IQ to protect the lens with a filter, vs. trading off a bit of car handling and road feel in order to protect the wheels, tires and suspension against potholes with the higher tire sidewalls of lower performance higher profile tires. (If you don't live in pothole country, you may not fully appreciate how lousy the roads can get).
I have to dodge potholes with my high performance low profile tires just to maximize that exhilarating driving edge.
PS I hate low profile tyres because I like smooth quiet rides.
I trade off the 30 series tires for 50s. I like the instantaneous turn in the 30s offer, but the NVH and the expense of wheels makes me surrender a little performance in the service of longevity and usability. Sort of like filters on lenses, I guess.
Kind of a self energizing process, Hank. You have low profile tires because you like the instant response they provide which you then have to use more frequently dodging potholes because you have low profile tires.
And yes, your "self energizing" observation is dismally true