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Old Dec 23, 2009, 2:44 PM   #11
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I only put a filter infront of a lens for protection if I am in a sandy, dusty, or sea spray environment. But if you are romping through the woods it may be advisable to add a filter also. But I generally have the lens cap on all the time when not shooting though.
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Old Dec 23, 2009, 2:48 PM   #12
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I would get a haze 1 filter or another ND filter, as it will server multiply purpose. I use a haze 1 filter when shooting in harsh environments, it also serve as a ND filter to warm up the shoot.
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I was thinking of fingerprints and scratches though, because it's much easier to replace a filter than a lens.
First, fingerprints and scratches on the objective lens will be out of focus, and so won't significantly affect image quality. Probably less so that cheap filters.

Second, lenses and filters can stand up to the occasional cleaning without suffering any adverse effects.
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