The debate on whether “to put a UV protective filter in front of your lens or not” has been beaten to death in the internet forums.
Well, it really depends on you. I will put my .02 cents in here…
1. I try to put a UV filter whenever possible to all of my lenses.
2. They are not there to improve the performance of the lens, nor they are there to degrade it.
3. I haven’t have any strong evidence that will convince me that putting a UV filter in front of your lens will degrade image quality.
4. I have ran into a couple of instances where my UV filter (and the hood) have helped save the lens from major damage.
5. If you live in a tropical dusty climate, better put one too.
6. The only time I remove my UV filter is when there is flare and ghosting in the photo while shooting against the sun or light.
7. I try to replace my UV filter when it gets beaten up with visible scratches.
8. It’s easier (and safer!) to clean a UV filter than the front element of the lens.
and for Dave only… >> 9. For a person that is hyper, reckless and careless – it’s no-brainer.
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/250, ISO 160, Panasonic G3, Olympus 45mm 1.8
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