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Old Jan 25, 2013, 12:01 PM   #11
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Cheap filters add a tint on the pictures, in case of UV filters, it is a yellowish tint. So you you want to use a UV filter, make sure that it is a good one. A good UV filter can be costly and some people just don't want to use it before it does not justify to spend that kind of money for a kit lens. I always use UV filter on my lenses for protection from dust and sand because cleaning the filter is easier than cleaning the lens. The UV filter works really when I was on my Silk Road trip 3 months ago in the desert where fine sand particles were blowing everywhere. I personally use 3 brand of UV filters, they are B+W 010 UV-Haze 1x MRC, Hoya HMC UV(0) and Marumi MCUV.

During the Silk Road trip, my friend, Linda, dropped her Nikon D90 with the 24-120mm lens onto the hard floor of the tour bus. The filter broke, yet the lens suffered no damage. I guess the filter is at least for something.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 12:26 PM   #12
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UV Filters are supposed to add a yellow tint to an image. The stronger the UV Filter is, the more violet is filtered resulting in a color shift toward yellow.

Not all cheap filters add an unwanted tint, and some very expensive filters do add a tint. The presence or absense of a tint is not an indication of quality.
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Here is a link that you may find interesting it is old but I think relevant to your question.
http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article...ters_test.html
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Here is a link that you may find interesting it is old but I think relevant to your question.
http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article...ters_test.html
I select my filters according to their recommendations. Everyone should read this article if they decide on buying UV filters for their lenses. Looking at the list, expensive filters are not necessary the best, just to at the rating on the Helipan. It costs a lot, yet the rating is so-so. I use Hoya HMC(0) most of the time since they are rated number1. I also have a couple B+W but they cost a lot. On my smaller cameras, I use Marumi MCUV which works out OK and they are ranked number 5 and are pretty cheap.

This is a subject which will cause a lot of disagreement: To use or not to use. For me, I would use it every day on every lens. Of course, I can't speak for anyone else. I have seen any cases when a camera was dropped, the use of a filter actually minimized the damage on the lens. Trying shooting in a desert when the wind blows with a lot of sand particles. I would not leave my lens unprotected and the the sand blasting away on my lens.
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