Filter as lense protection?

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  1. MarkCSmith

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    Newbie to DSLR here, awaiting my D80 to be delivered to ye olde electronics shoppe. I've heard using a UV filter is a good idea to protect your lense? I got the 18-135mm lense kit and I've noticed UV filters for pretty cheap on Ebay. Good idea? Bad idea?

    I searched on the forums but seemed to only be able to get a wide range of filter topics, not really specifically for this idea.
     
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    I have them on all my lenses. They're pretty cheap insurance.
     
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    Cool, that's what I figured. And they don't alter the image much? I understand they...filter UVs lol but that won't degrade the quality of the image will it?
     
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    Cheap ones have been known to do that. Get multi coated UV. B&W or Tiffen.
     
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    I have never noticed a difference with the cheapest Hoya UV filter providing light doesn't hit the filter element. But if you are photographing into the sun a cheap UV filter will utterly ruin the image's contrast and make a huge flare. Mind you I use mine simply for lens protection so if I find I need to photograph into the sun I just quickly screw it off, take the picture, and put it on again. Other than that use a lens hood and buy the filters of EBay. Not sure where you live but here the cheapest hoya filter at a photography store is the same price as some significantly better ones on ebay.
     
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    No, they are just plain, flat, clear optical glass.
     
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    Forget the filter.....Use a lens hood.....protects against flare, rain etc and against breakage.
     
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    I use UV filters from B&W on all my lenses that I don't have lens hoods for. I would go with a lens hood as well.
     
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    This is a matter of personal preference. I have filters on all my lenses, but many shooters don't like filters. It's up to you what you believe or desire. This is opinion based like so much we debate in photography. In the end, your opinion is the only one that matters to you.
     
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    The benefits of a hood are proven however I agree it's personal choice.
     
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    I won't argue against using a hood, but IMHO a filter is a MUST to protect your lens... then again, I come from a photojournalistic background and have put my cameras and lenses through all the various levels of hell.

    I do agree with hoods, though, absolutely.
     
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    Oh, and by the way, it is LENS, not LENSE.
     

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