Do you use a UV filter as protection?

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Re: Do you use a UV filter as protection?

john isaacs wrote:

nosiesta wrote:


What's the current thinking on using a decent UV filter to protect the lens outer element?

I always have in the past but just picked up a new lens and am debating it now. Obviously the quality of the lens is only going to be as good as the filter glass it's shooting through.

I do a lot of rock climbing so the chance of a scratch is higher than normal.

In the past I've always gone for a B+W UV (never a Skylight). Hoods add bulk and are faff (yep, I know they held with contrast and flare etc)


A "decent" UV filter is of little use. Get a "great", i.e. expensive one, or don't bother.

But then I will start to worry about cleaning it with my grubby T-shirt as much as I would for the actual lens.

I put one on if I'm in a rough or rocky place. I take several if I'm shooting where water can easily spray on the lens. If I'm shooting high contrast (e.g. stage lighting) I leave them off, because they can cause some very bad reflections.

Most of the time, I don't use them. I do use the lens cap a lot, because you don't want the sun shining down your lens onto the sensor.

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