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Peter Jackson

Interesting but not relevant to real life. Scratches are the problem for 99.9% of people and a filter will prevent your lens getting scratched

vision - spoken truth

breaking things, so we can safe money. Love it. Thanks for the great video. Definetly subbed.

AB3-74
Well, The best thing about using UV filters comes to a scene when you need to photograph something like a steam train. Does it happen and some spark lands on your filter? Just unscrew the UV and screw another. I own just two UV's and I lost one this way. And the second one I lost? Just as I took a photo of some metalworking. The same. It is not about price. It is about the speed of making things fine again. You don't like to wait until the repair is done. Especially not during steam locomotive festival or so.… Read more »
Sobano S
I shoot close-up images and have found filters can cause a loss in sharpness in this genre of photo work. Without a filter the images are not as clear and crisp as back in my film days BUT there is a difference in digital photography. So with filter my images are soft. Without the filter, the images still have a little more softness than I like but improved over image with filter. One problem may be that there are quality differences in one filter brand over another. I plan to get HOYA filters and test soon.
Mr. Spock

Moral of the story: Don't worry, be happy ... lenses are much more robust than we think.

A lens hood for protection is all you need ... and you're not degrading your image quality with unnecessary extra glass in front of your expensive lens.

RadioRich100

He didnt cover spills finger prints tree sap or other chemicals. Better to have the filter.

Ronnie Underhill

Not my cup of tea. Sorry. Destruction like this is a waste of time. No one does this ever. Great information if your working for a junkyard.

WillN2Go1
In 2016 I took my new Nikon 7200 with its 18-140? zoom to Japan. (For many years I'd been living in California and stopped using UV/1A filters for warming or lens protection. ) My painful experience is that Nikon lens caps larger than about 80mm diameter are totally unreliable, and they don't have tethers. I lost 5-6 lens caps in two months only one loss was a fumble. All the other losses were 'pop-offs', clothing brushes, slight bumps. Losing two in a row on Yaukshima left my lens unprotected, a slip and brush against a rock put a nasty gouge… Read more »
Damian Piotrowski

Excellent and very informative video thank you!

Robertw

I don’t get your review spend hundreds to repair front lens vs a $15 filter

Paul Green
ALL front elements on ANY lens...IS SCRATCH PROOF...OF NORMAL USAGE...UNLESS YOU USE A NAIL...DIRECTLY ONTO IT...Look at any wide angle lens...do you see those... MATT BLACK RINGS INSIDE? They are there...TO BOUNCE LIGHT BACK OUT...IT S CALLED A ...PILL BOX...DESIGN. If you put a LEAD U.V. filter in front. (remember it s FLAT)......light bounces inside...back and forth...back and forth...it can t get out.again creating flair, and heat..........You REALLY DON T NEED A LEAD GLASS U.V. FILTER...IF YOU USE A MACRO LENS. Look how FAR BACK...the front element is......BUT... i see tooooo many people use just a u.v. junk.......AND NO HOOD......What… Read more »
Paul Green
I was in the photo retail trade since 1969...WOW...am i old...BUT WISE. No......you don t need that uv filter, krappppppp... It s just a money maker for the stores, and the sale person, make s a commission...i know...i did. ALL... B+W POLA filter.........have a u.v. coating, not so for the asian filters.......Thats why i ONLY use a B+W pola filter. Think......the weight of that u.v filter ( i call it...LEAD GLASS......Hmmmm that should tell you something) draw s A LOT of power from the battery ( of the camera ) to turn the lens...LOSS OF BATTERY POWER...REMEMBER an A.F. lens… Read more »
RPdigital

In the practice it is more probable, that lens is attached to the camera and it will fall on the edge of the lens, not to the center.

JarutheDamaja

First time i hear that UV filters are considered as protection for the lens, why not infrared filters or polarizer for example?
And if one really wants protection wouldn't it be better to take one that's made out of gorilla glas?
And did you also made a test with the plastic-protection-cap in front?

Sins Fussion

Any protective device has to absorb shock and therefore break at the moment of impact. UV filter thread bent and the glass broke upon fuji s6500 drop from 1,5m to the ground, but the lens stayed fully functional.

Diego de la Luna

This is not real life test, where in the world you get a metal rod or something similar through your lens?

looneyburgmusic

I use filters on all my lenses for one simple reason — I have 2 young children who LOVE to color on glass of any and all kinds... with permanent markers.

I'd much rather catch one of them coloring on a lens filter than on the front glass of lens, thank you very much.

Lee Dudley
First Steve, I’m a big fan. I like your reviews better than anybody’s but this one is ridiculous. No one is trying to protect their lens from flying bullets. It’s the greasy fingers, grit and everything else that finds it’s way onto that beautifully polished piece of glass leading the way to your subject. A filter is a removable, and or disposable barrier that shields the most vulnerable part of your lens from all that crap and when it becomes fouled and you need to get your shot, you can quickly set it aside exposing a pristine piece of glass… Read more »
Hamad Abdeli

a very silly test … what a waste of time

Mark Hiler

This hurts me. Some of these lenses, I wish I had.

mahal holiday

This might be a stupid question but I’m curious.
Can you scratch your lens while putting on your lens cap?

Mike Duckworth

In my experience of 30+ years of sports photography and photojournalism, lens hoods deflect almost every threat to a lens.

Robert Porter Sr

Thank you Steve for your tests to give me an idea when and how to use — or not use — UV filters. Thank you teacher.

godfrey ling

Steve I use a UV Filter and I will carry using it though I had not thought about the glare, again great video well done

J K

what about using a UV filter to protect the front element's coating?

marvar gare

2:25 Sorry i see clearly that the image with the filter is sharper than the image without it

Fernando Guerrucci
Steve...thank you for making this video. I stumbled on to it when it started after watching a Tony Northrup video on the same UV filter subject. You present a much better argument on when to use and not use a filter, the benefits of the filter and disadvantages. In fact, I think some of the flare and ghosting I've seen in some of my photos are a result of the UV filter. As an engineer I appreciate the thought you put into the testing method, the establishing of a baseline altitude and how you maintained many of the variables constant.… Read more »
sanch Sanchayan

Take care of your lens . Don't use UV filters. Use polarizers instead as it gives more artistic shots.

yan vys

Thank you for your lens and uv sacrifice. Now we know whats going on with these filters.

Zzzz oop

what about just cleaning... easier to clean a filter than the lens? Perhaps keeping the actual lens more dust & moisture free? I'm thinking just for my macro work, because I'll be moving in close to twigs & grasses. & as you mentioned; may help keep dust out of the lens...

Citizen Kolar

Tests are sheer waste of money and time... UV filter prevents scratches on lens, no tests needed !!!

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