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Old Feb 9, 2006, 5:50 PM   #1
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I have been told I should keep a UV filter on my 28-135mm lens all the time. Will this effect the quality of my photos and is this really necessary.


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Old Feb 9, 2006, 8:37 PM   #2
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No, it's not really necessary to have a filter on all the time. The primary reason is to protect the front element of your lens. So if you take good care of your lens, there's really no reason to have one on.

Another thing is that if you have the lens hood on, it'll protect the front part most of the time. I can recall several times where my lens could have been in serious danger if the hood wasn't on I.E. ppl walking by and their bags knocking into the lens hood of my camera. Obviously, wider angle hoods are less effective when it comes to protection.

You probably would NOT notice the quality difference if you put on a filter- even with the cheap filters. What you MIGHT notice are colour changes or ocassional increase in flare, etc. I've yet to notice them when I have my cheap $30 filter on.

And finally there are times where it's just necessary to have a filter- such as on a windy beach.
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