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

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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

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