A fellow Nikon photographer advised me to toss out my UV filters. Is it true that they’re of no useful value whatsoever? Stan Wamsley, via email
Jason says… Benefits of UV filters for cutting ultraviolet rays and minimizing haze are questionable, not least because modern lenses for DSLRs tend to have high-tech coatings applied to them anyway. UV filters are more commonly used nowadays simply as a device for protecting the front element of the lens. Naturally, if you pick up any knocks, scratches or scrapes, it’s much cheaper to replace a UV filter than to send your lens away for an expensive repair.
We’d recommend a filter that’s specifically engineered for ‘protection’ rather than a UV filter. An excellent choice that’s available in a wide range of sizes is the Hoya Pro1 Digital Protector Filter. Larger sizes cost more, but it’s available to fit lenses with attachment threads of between 37mm and 82mm, with prices ranging from £20/$25 to £50/$50.
Protector filters do just that – protect your lens’s front element from costly scratches