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Why You Should Always Use a UV Filter

Posted on: 27 October 2008

Because they protect your Photographs, your Lens, and your Investment in Photographic Equipment. UV filters primarily filter out the invisible UltraViolet light that causes ‘haze’ on film (and some dSLR sensors), but their broader list of purposes includes:

  • Protecting your lens from dust and flying sand
  • Protecting your lens from scratches (I’ve seen some bad scratches avoided because of this filter)
  • Protecting your filter mount from getting bent
  • Saving your lens by sacrificing itself (filters are housed in aluminium frames, these are soft and absorb impact well even though they’re not meant for this purpose)
  • Preventing Sea Spray (and salt) from getting into the lens (for this purpose alone, buy a UV filter) [via Beyond Phototips]

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