question about filters and IQ

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sshoihet
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Re: question about filters and IQ
In reply to ace106, 2 months ago

ace106 wrote:

This is just a straight forward question.
Can attaching a clear protective filter soften an image or degrade image quality at all?

A salesman told me that it would have no impact on the image quality. I'm a bit skeptical since that came from a salesman who gets commission so I figured I would get other opinions on the matter.

Yes it can. Will it?  Depends on the situations you shoot in.

I shoot into the sun a lot and at night with bright lights and it almost always causes an issue for me.  On top of that, I have quite a few lenses and good UV/clear filters aren't that cheap so for the price of some filters, i could probably replace 1 or 2 front elements if i happened to seriously damage them.

I always use a lens hood and cap the lens when i'm not actually taking a photo; I find that's sufficient protection unless maybe i'm shooting in mud or have water spray that i need to be constantly wiping off the front element.

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