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Old Oct 5, 2008, 11:55 AM   #1
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Anyone got the best advice for keeping lenses mark free, I though I'd just get a UV filter but many have said they're not worthwhile. I just thought it'd be a great way of keeping muck and crap on the lenses.
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Old Oct 5, 2008, 10:41 PM   #2
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Fussybuyer says: "Anyone got the best advice for keeping lenses mark free, I though I'd just get a UV filter but many have said they're not worthwhile. I just thought it'd be a great way of keeping muck and crap on the lenses."

The utility of UV, skylight and clear protective filters has been a source of controversy for some time.

Many photographers don't like the idea of adding yet another piece of glass between the subject and the image sensor on the grounds that even a high quality filter has to introduce some additional level of image degradation.

I've read posts from such people in these forums who claim to shoot under rough conditions and who have never had a front element damaged. For physical protection, they recommend using the lens cap when not shooting and using a lens hood when you are.

That being said, only you know the potential physical hazards that you are likely to encounter where ever it is that you plan to shoot and how much of a worrier you tend to be. If you are overly cautious with your camera because you want to spare your front lens element from an unhealthy environment, then it probably makes sense for you to get a good quality protective filter. Adding a lens hood also, would minimize any extra light flare that the filter might pick up.

Just like with insurance, there is always a trade-off.

I believe that there is at least one kind of hinged filter mount on the market. This allows you to swing the filter in front of and away from the lens very quickly. This makes it easier to add protection when you need it and leave the lens "naked" when you don't.

Similarly, I think that there are hinged lens caps.

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