UV filter to protect the lens?

Started May 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: UV filter to protect the lens?
In reply to dzeanah, May 3, 2012

Agreed, it's personal preference, just like most things with photography. Really it's impossible to notice any loss of quality unless lights or the sun/moon are hitting the lens (every filter you stack on the front of the lens will give you an extra "reflection" for light to bounce off - causing extra flares).

Though for a bit of advice:

If you're using a lens hood, don't bother. On my x100, the lens hood is the perfect protection.

No lens hood? Yes, get a protective filter.

Personally I'd scrap the the lens hoods and throw on an ND filter for daylight / clear protective filter for night. I don't really like the look of perfectly polished shots and rather a bit of flare to hit the lens. Anything unexpected & gritty is a good thing in the modern world of super-clean WYSIWYG digital cameras.

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