Lens protection, what do I do??

Started Dec 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
James Pilcher Veteran Member • Posts: 9,107
buy the best filters

Nikcan wrote:

Hi all, Just got the 12-35mm lens and it works a treat. Now what about front element protection. I have the 14-140 with a slight scratch that I got on holiday in the USA in October but I don't really want to cover the lenses but after this I am concerned about the nano coating on these lenses. I am now torn and wonder what the advice is from you lot. Do I go bare with an £800 lens or put some clothes on it.

Best Regards Mike.
'Live every day as if it was your last, one day it will be'.

I cover all my lenses with the best quality filters I can buy. They have zero detrimental effect on image quality. Purchase a 58mm B+W UV (or clear?) MRC filter and feel good that your expensive lens is protected. Be sure it's the MRC version because those are multi-coated and much easier to clean.

For example, I have a B+W 37mm UV MRC filter on my Zuiko 45mm f/1.8. I paid $38.50 through B&H. It's a good investment. Consider the cost of a top quality filter into any lens purchase you make.

Do not buy a cheap brand. A poor quality filter can affect image quality and autofocus.

Jim Pilcher
Summit County, Colorado, USA

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