To ‘UV or not ‘UV’ ? That is the question.

 There are lots of differing views on this subject. If you use Youtube there is a variety of videos which shows the pros and cons.

So I can only answer this question from my many years of personal experience. I started using uv filters on my 35mm film camera many years ago. At that time I used it exclusively to reduce the haze in landscape photography. They were also sold with the added advantage of protecting the lens from any inadvertent damage.

So, the question has been around for many years. I have always tried to be very careful in handling my lenses and I have not had a cracked or damaged lens from a front impact, ever. So I cannot say for sure that I have been able to “save” a lens by using a uv filter, but at least I had the peace of mind knowing that they might be protecting my lens.

However, I was amazed to see the results of Colin’s test. Why? Because I’ve always tried to put the best uv filter I could buy on my lens. The results were very interesting. especially with the STC uv filters; I had never thought that they could improve the lens results. But seeing is believing, right? You can scrutinise the results for yourself. If you want to know how strong the STC uv filter is, then check this site out, www.stcoptics.com/en/uv/

It just goes to show, “you get what you pay for”.

You may be thinking, “Mark, I don’t use film. I shoot digital, so I won’t need a uv filter.” This is true in part, but you might say your digital sensor does not need it. Lens coatings have moved on over the years. All true indeed, thing are better now, but my questions then are:
1. Why would you not want to protect the front element of your lens?
2. Why would you not want to maximise your image quality and make it more true to life? Remember our eyes can filter things out, the camera might need some help.
Removing dust, dirt, sea spray and rain is also much quicker and less time consuming,
if you use a UV filter when out shooting landscapes.

I am also a lens hood user and I’ll always be one. Why? Because I can still use lenses that are over 30 years old. They afford me the best possible image and protecting them keeps their resale value intact.

I will be looking to replace some of my uv filters and upgrade them to STC uv filters! Because image quality is my top priority, using second best is not acceptable or ideal!

N.B. Ask yourself, why has Adobe developed and created “dehaze” in Lightroom subsequent to Lightroom 6 if they didn’t see the need for a uv filter? It has helped to turn more people from Lightroom 6 to Adobe Creative Cloud for that very reason!

 

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