New Photographers……..allow me to save you some money.
It’s the least I can do.
I’ve been around the photography industry for a decade now so I’m going to pay a tiny little bit forward.
Your camera shop isn’t going to like this…………not one bit.
‘Sorry ’bout that’
Here it is folks………….
**DON’T BE PRESSURED INTO BUYING A UV FILTER TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA LENS**
Your lens hood will protect the surface of your lens just fine. Why pay big bucks for an optically beautiful lens just to place an inferior piece of glass over it?
Doesn’t really make sense does it?
I guess it’s kinda like buying a store protection plan for a dishwasher that actually works out more expensive than the price of the dishwasher over the period of the plan…………the cost to you in this respect though is the downgrading of your image quality.
It’s a bit of an upselling scam really. The classic line being something like……. “I dropped my lens and the filter broke Instead of the lens, therefore the cheap filter did it’s job!”
In reality the filter breaking could just as easily scratch the precious front element of your lens beneath.
Most likely, the internal parts of the lens are going to get damaged if you drop the lens. A sturdy lens hood will offer you a lot more protection.
You might need to use a UV filter say if you were out on location photographing something where your lens might get splashed or muddy for example……making it easier to clean afterwards. Alternatively though you might buy a cheap 50mm ‘nifty fifty’ lens instead, that probably costs the same (or even less) than a filter? I know which option I’d choose if it were me…………
So hopefully this humble piece of advice will stick with you the next time you visit the camera store and save you some of your hard earned cash.
The Milky Bars are on me………..(as they used to say in the ’80s)
Stay positive and keep testing negative.
I’m a fine art portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, family portraits and personal branding for you, for actors, for athletes and for business professionals alike.
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