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Do you keep a UV filter on all the time?


MiqsPix 10 44 United Kingdom
3 May 2021 2:54PM
Question is. Do you keep a UV filter on a digital camera all the time? Why and why not.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
3 May 2021 3:21PM
No. Don't see the need for one.
Cephus 16 2.6k England
3 May 2021 3:32PM
I do it protects the lens.
Railcam 14 898 2 Scotland
3 May 2021 4:05PM
Yes. I would rather wipe rain and dust off a replceable filter than off the front element of my lens.
Chrism8 14 980 28 England
3 May 2021 4:06PM

Quote:No. Don't see the need for one.


+1 particularly if you always use a lens hood which I do
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
3 May 2021 4:20PM

Quote:
Quote:No. Don't see the need for one.


+1 particularly if you always use a lens hood which I do


Which is why I don't see the need for a filter...Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
3 May 2021 4:24PM
Yes, to protect the lens, to avoid touching it.
justin c 17 5.1k 36 England
3 May 2021 5:18PM
Yes. To protect the lens and maintain resale value.
Waiting for the smart Alec that proudly states they use the lens cap. Problem is, the images come out awfully dark Tongue
thewilliam2 4 1.5k United Kingdom
3 May 2021 5:41PM
Over the years, although I've been careful, many UV/Sky filters have been scratched and have needed to be replaced. I'd rather do this than replace the front element or the lens!

I like to keep the front element in perfect condition because the pictures will be better and the lens will fetch more if I decide to sell it.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.3k 9 United Kingdom
3 May 2021 5:47PM
No, I have the lens hood fitted (even in the bag).
Mike_Smith Plus
13 756 2 United Kingdom
3 May 2021 6:58PM
Yes on all my lenses, simply to protect the fron element. I would rather replace a cheap UV filter than the lens
Dave_Canon 14 2.0k United Kingdom
3 May 2021 7:00PM
I keep the lens hood on always and lens cap apart from when actually taking photographs. I do not use such filters as I have clear evidence that they can deteriorate images in many circumstances. I used to used a filter 8-10 years ago before I knew better. I have never scratched a lens or a filter. Of course if I was operating in a dust storm or at a speedway race I would add protection but this has not yet happened. I did recently attend Motocross and it was not necessary to add a filter because the bikes were coming towards me.

The first time I became aware of the problem I was at a studio shoot and noticed my images on the back of the camera were soft. I then realised that I had left a plain filter and polarising on from a previous outdoor shoot. I removed the filters and image were pin sharp again.

Dave
3 May 2021 8:02PM
If I'm on a beach I will put one on to protect element from Sandy grit
3 May 2021 9:33PM
I am very surprised that some folk do keep them on - as others have said the lens cap and hood should give the lens all the protection it needs and the filter, no matter how well perfected it has been, is still cheap glass in comparison to the lens which has been so carefully produced to give the best possible images - and yet you put cheap glass in front. To me that really doesn't make any sense.
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
3 May 2021 10:25PM
I do not see a need to have a filter that affects UV light and therefore do not even own one.
So, no I do not keep a UV filter on all the time.

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