Probably! A UV Filter helps filter ultraviolet rays that cause unwanted haziness/flare in your photographs. When I shot film, filters were a must. And even though newer digital cameras aren’t as susceptible to haze, I still find that they make a difference, particularly with landscapes. In general, you’ll achieve stronger contrast and deeper blue tones with a filter. Read on for more about why you should own a UV Filter:
Keeping a UV filter on your lens just might save it one day! A filter will absolutely protect it from smudges and scratches since there is no longer any contact between the outside world and the lens itself. I once dropped my lens and instead of breaking, my UV filter was dented. Another time, the UV filter shattered but the lens was safe. For me, I like the insurance a UV filter carries.
Choosing Your Filter
If you have an expensive lens, it seems counter-intuitive to buy a cheap piece of glass to place in front of it, so make sure to do some research and spend a little more for a nicer filter.
So why wouldn’t you keep it on all the time? Sometimes, specific lighting situations will introduce more flare and more haze when a UV filter is used. I’ve found this to be true with backlit scenarios, and it can result in a lack of sharpness and contrast.
UV Filters can help, but they can also hurt. Understanding when and where to use them will help you get the clearest, sharpest images possible. Personally, I don’t use them in a controlled studio setting. But on vacations and when I shoot events, I keep it on for protection and the added contrast in scenic settings.
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