question about filters and IQ

Started Aug 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 17,864
Re: question about filters and IQ

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.

If you buy multicoated ones by reputable companies, you're fine. What comes into play these days is the potential addition of reflections and flare. Often, I will remove my filter if shooting into bright sun.

As for not using one, I know people go without, but I would never do so. I can be all manner of clumsy and this would lead to serious lens damage. I've had many different ugly substances get on my filters - glad it wasn't on my lenses!

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