If you are like me, you have always bought a UV filter for each of your lens because that's what you are supposed to do, right? With today's lenses having built-in UV protection and high quality coatings, are UV filters even needed anymore? Check out this video by Karl Taylor as he weighs in on his personal thoughts about UV filters.
In this video, Karl questions whether or not UV filters are really necessary with today's DSLR cameras. He touches on why UV filters were needed for film cameras and how they aided in correcting blue color cast in the shadows. He does a side by side comparison of an image with the filter and one without.
I tend to feel the same way as Karl. If you invest in high quality glass and you take care of it, I don't really see a true need for a UV filter. If I'm going to purchase a filter, I want it to fulfill a need. I have, however, seen some images where having a filter on a lens has saved the front glass from being damaged, so having one for protection is justifiable. I guess it's all just a matter of peace of mind.
What do you think? Are UV filters just an expensive way to protect the front of your lens, or do you feel they are still a needed piece of equipment? Should you purchase a cheap filter and take it off every time you use your lens, purchase an expensive one that you can leave on that won't degrade your image quality, or just not use one at all?
[via Great Photography Tips]