Lens filters used in place of lens cap? How important is it to keep the filter EXTREMELY CLEAN?

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Lens filters used in place of lens cap? How important is it to keep the filter EXTREMELY CLEAN?
4 months ago

I have a tiny bit of OCD when it comes to my lenses. I HATE when I see even the slightest spec of dust on the lens. I recently just bought a couple of lens filters to protect my lens/add some effect (I bought a UV lens and a polarized lens). I'm having trouble keeping tiny steaks and dust particles off of the lens filter. I can't see too much of a difference in my pictures from these little particles but it BOTHERS ME! lol. Can anyone ease my mind and tell me that it's not a big deal to have some dust or light streaks (finger prints, etc) on the filter? Should I keep my lens cap on top of my UV lens? Or is that not something people really do that often?

I appreciate anyone's advise. I'm still quite new to DSLR photography.

Thanks folks,

JM

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