UV Filters - A Waste of Time & Money

Featured Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:04

Based on my experience,  for 99% of people, and in 99% of situation, UV Filters are a total waste of money.

Please vote below. Have you ever:
Smashed a UV filter?
Smashed the front element of your lens (not using a UV filter)?
I maintain that a smashed UV filter doesn't mean it protected your lens (like a secret service agent taking the bullet) - rather it smashed and arguably it would not have had the same impact on your lens itself.

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  • Comment Link Peter Aravosis Thursday, 02 July 2015 04:58 posted by Peter Aravosis

    In China fell down slick stairs distroyed thr UV filter saved my lens and trip.

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  • Comment Link Rick Brown Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:36 posted by Rick Brown

    I was shooting a low angle shot of a dirt bike going by me some years ago and my UV filter took a thrown pebble and broke, but my lens was untouched. They cost so little compared to a lens, I think they are a wise precaution. A home alarm will not stop someone from breaking into your house, but it makes it less likely.

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  • Comment Link James Davidson Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:56 posted by James Davidson

    I was climbing beside a small waterfall, lost my footing, and my hand (with camera) went to the ground to catch myself. My Sigma 18-35 lens was shoved, front element first, into the mud and rocks. After 5 minutes of cleaning the mud off - it was fine! No scratches, no damage. Proved to me that the front element is MUCH stronger than I ever thought it could be!

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  • Comment Link Juergen E. Dechert Monday, 06 July 2015 13:38 posted by Juergen E. Dechert

    Fully support your view. I was using a skylight filter in early film times at the sandy beach. But since DSLR I only have one Pol-Filter and some ND ones - but use them very rarely.
    For protection I am always using my lens hood - even indoors, which is a big help at partys, weddings, concerts, with crowded audience. I could not confirm by scientific measurements, but based on basic logic - any filter in front of your very well designed lens will deteriorate image quality ...
    Thanks for pointing this out.
    Krgds - JED

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