Do you use a UV filter as protection?

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erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 6,566
Re: No more ...opposite experience

Tom Caldwell wrote:

I used to use glass filters - that was what “we” always used to do. With the camera case the lens filter they co-jointly replaced the discount that the dealer just gave you. Now there is the spare battery to help out ... But when I started buying legacy lenses the filters were so relatively expensive compared to the lens cost ...

Then I noticed that so many of my second hand filterless lens purchases had good pristine object lenses anyway.

So what was I doing ... ? I am not buying filters any more unless their need is obviously essential.

As noted - all new lenses come with a free lens cap

I've had the opposite experience of noting very fine micro-scratches on the front element of lenses that I'd handled carefully BUT cleaned (too) often.  Tends to happen a lot in climates like ours.  A filter is easier and safer to clean when there is dust, moisture, smog or condensation.  It also, on at least one occasion saved an expensive (Olympus 75mm f1.8) lens from damage.  Shattered and bent very slightly when the lens fell off a shelf in a hotel safe.  So I usually use them.

Lens caps tend to be a PITA.  Easily get knocked or fall off, get lost, even come  come off and scratch a lens element.

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